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Matt Forte must perform at a high level if he wants his team in the playoffs
Over the past four games, Matt Forte has 72 carries for just 210 yards, a 2.9 yard-per-carry average. He has also yet to record a rushing touchdown since Week 9.
Forte's involvement in the offense has to be greater, even if it's in the passing game. Over the same four-game stretch, he has only 10 catches for 35 yards and one touchdown. Forte has had a 50-plus-catch season every year since he came into the league in 2008; as of now, he is on pace to catch anywhere between 40-42.
The silver lining is that despite his recent struggles, he still has an average of over four yards per carry on the season, meaning he has had good games this year. If the Bears can focus part of their game plan on getting Forte in a rhythm, there may still be hope that the Bears' offense can stabilize and be more balanced.
Then there's the problem in the passing game:
Brandon Marshall leads the Bears with 91 catches for 1,182 yards. The second leading receiver in yardage is Earl Bennett with 23 catches for 250 yards. If there's one consistent aspect in this offense, it's that Brandon Marshall will get his fair share of targets.
As defenses continue to focus on him, Chicago has to start looking in other directions in the passing game. Taking the pressure off of Marshall could give him more one-on-one opportunities if defenses have to focus on other players.
To make things simple, Forte has to be better. The Bears have turned to a very pass-happy offense, an offense that is featuring only one player: Brandon Marshall. While he has had major success this season, teams are aware that when Jay Cutler drops back to pass, it's most likely going to Marshall.