The Stat Line of the Night — 10/10/10 — Matt Forte
The Chicago Bears have had an interesting start to the 2010 NFL Season. While most experts picked them to finish a distant 3rd in the NFC North, they did have the talent to be better than that and through the first three weeks of the season they proved that, racking up a 3-0 record mostly on the back of Jay Cutler and a renewed passing attack.
Then last week’s disaster against New York occurred, with Cutler being sacked 9 times and suffering a concussion which kept him out of action for this week’s match up with the Panthers. Someone would have to step up to fill the void for the Bears, but no one thought it would be Matt Forte and an inconsistent running game that had been unable to accomplish much the first month.
Forte proved them all wrong, literally taking the team on his back and carrying them to a 23-6 victory over the lowly Carolina Panthers. While his quarterback Todd Collins, starting in place of the injured Cutler, went 6-16 with 32 yards, no touchdowns and 4 interceptions, Forte had a career day. He rushed for 166 yards on just 22 carries and scored 2 touchdowns early in the game to help the Bears jump out to a 17-3 lead, which they would not relinquish. He also caught 2 passes for 22 yards.
The Bears now sit atop the NFC North with a 4-1 record as the Packers stumbled last week and are now 3-2. The Vikings struggled early but now with the acquisition of Randy Moss may be rejuvenated. The division is far from decided, however, the Bears are in the driver’s seat. Matt Forte gets “The Stat Line of the Night” as the Bears continue to roll.