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Bears look for answers for dormant running game

Posted by GameSetMatch on 1st October 2009

A confident Matt Forte believes the Bears (2-1) should have success running the ball against the Lions (1-2) on Sunday even if statistics say the Bears are the fifth-worst rushing team in the league.

“When we put our mind to it, we can run against any team,” Forte said. “It’s difficult running in the NFL. We know that. But if we get bodies on people and stay strong, we can run the ball.”

Forte was by no means assessing blame. In fact, he put the onus on himself to run harder and break more tackles.

The bottom line is the Bears essentially are running in place. They enter Sunday’s game averaging a dismal 2.8 yards per carry, second to last in the league behind the Chargers.

Forte is 29th in the league in rushing with 150 yards on 59 carries through three games. He is the only back among the top 30 averaging less than 3.0 yards per carry with a 2.6 average. And this is the same player who compiled 304 yards over his first three games as a rookie last season.

Click here to read the full article – By VAUGHN McCLURE of Chicago Tribune

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