Matt Forte hasn't had the best of seasons this year with the Chicago Bears.
Forte suffered what was thought to be a high-ankle sprain when the Bears took on the Green Bay Packers in Week 2 of the NFL season.
Fortunately that injury was downgraded and Forte was able to play against the Dallas Cowboy on Monday night.
But the fact remains, Forte has suffered his fair share of injuries and the Bears need him to be healthy to have any chance at a division title.
The Bears are ranked 16th in the league in rushing yards; Forte only has 83 rushing yards since Week 1.
It's clear that Forte must improve on his game and become that elite running back that the Bears signed him to be.
These are the five reasons why Matt Forte needs to stay healthy for the Bears.
The Chicago Bears have had their fair share of struggles on offense this season. But where the offense often struggles, the defense picks up the slack and leads the team to a win.
No doubt, the Bears defense has won games solely off turnovers and its ability to stop the opponent down the middle.
Just how long can this keep up?
Eventually the Bears will need to get their offense going. The defense cannot continue to hold up the offense. Considering that Matt Forte is a large part of that offense, he needs to be healthy and ready to play each game.
Quarterback Jay Cutler is having some trouble getting the ball off in time so it would be nice to have a go-to running back to mix up the plays a little bit.
The Bears need to mix up their offense a little bit.
While Jay Cutler will always be open to passing plays to wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Devin Hester, it would be smart to include some running plays against tougher teams.
A healthy Forte will give the Bears that option and would go a long way in helping them to move the ball down field. Of course, the Bears can rely on Michael Bush to take them down field in the case of Forte being sidelined.
There is no question that Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has taken a beating over the years.
More than a few times a game the Bears' quarterback protection breaks down and the opposing team has a clean shot to sack Cutler.
The importance of a good running game is vital not just to mix up plays but to also take pressure off the quarterback.
If the opposing team suspects a change in plays, it won't always be so aggressive to sack the quarterback. Passing on every play will put more pressure on Cutler to not only make a good pass but to also elude any opponent that may have slipped through.
Forte opens up that running game and a whole new dimension in how the offense can operate.
The Bears have a superb defense led by Brian Urlacher and Julius Peppers. They have a good quarterback in Jay Cutler and a great kicker in Robbie Gould. Their wide receivers are set with Brandon Marshall and Devin Hester.
It would be fair to say that the Chicago Bears have a good football team. But do they have that one key component that will put them over the edge and into a Superbowl?
At this point in time, a healthy Matt Forte would be that extra push needed to go far enough to bring home a championship.
Of course this is considering that Forte can become that elite running back that everyone knows he can be.
Only time will tell, but the Bears will be set if Forte can remain healthy for the rest of the season.
Every team has key players and role players that pitch in for one common goal: to win the Superbowl.
The Bears are no different. They operate as a team and that means if one key player goes down, the rest of the team feels the effect.
They will miss his ability and skills, but most of all teammates will miss a player's personality on the field.
If Forte were to be injured, the rest of the Bears would have to make up for that gap in the offensive line—no small feat. It would take its toll on the roster in the weeks to come.
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