Point to prove: Has he recovered from his knee injury that hindered his performance? Can he rush for 1,000 yards and more than 4 yards a carry?
This isn't just a point to prove for Matt Forte, it’s also for the offensive line. Realistically, they create any room or wholes for Forte to do anything with. It all starts up front with the line and Forte can only work with what they give him.
Back to Forte. Watching the games in the 2009 season, Forte lacked explosion and seemed hesitant to run through holes, seemingly waiting for a bigger whole to be grafted. That didn’t happen. What did happen was Forte finished with 3.5 yards a carry, 929 yards, and 4 TDs.
He ran for more than 90 yards four times last season against Detroit, St. Louis and Cleveland, who finished 25th, 27th, and 28th in rush defense. Take those games out of Forte's stats and he finished with 180 carries for 526 yards, 2.9 yards per carry, and 0 TDs. That, frankly, is awful for someone who was coming off a monstrous rookie season.
Forte has help in the form of former Vikings running back Chester Taylor, who will certainly keep forte fresh and take carries off of him. Also, he is set to flourish in the same system, which gave Marshall Faulk 2000 all-purpose yards.
Forte caught 0 TDs last year, probably down to a certain gunslinger that kept throwing the ball to the same Tight End in the red zone.
Anyway, to sum up, O-line need to block better and Forte needs to run harder and catch more touchdown