5 Ways the Chicago Bears Can Run the Ball Against the Green Bay Packers

October 29, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Jenga tower is wobbling, and in a year where everything is different for the Chicago Bears, it’s only fitting that they now turn to Matt Forte, the one constant through it all, to keep the tower from crashing.
That seems to be popular narrative, anyway. Let Forte shoulder the load. Feed him the rock. Then feed him again.
But consider the Bears' Week 9 opponent, the Green Bay Packers. They’ve got a stout run defense; the 84 yards and 3.7 yards per carry they give up rank fourth and sixth respectively.
On the other hand, they’re even worse than the Bears at rushing the passer, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required). In turn, they struggle against the pass.
So it may be more sensible for the Bears to disregard the Forte narrative entirely. Throw the ball instead. Chuck it down the field and let Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall be the part-human part-falcon they’ve shown they can be.
But that notion just doesn’t...

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