Forte and the Bears Run Past the Lions 48-24

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The Bears have been waiting for the running game and second-year back Matt Forte to finally shine, and Sunday at home against the Detroit Lions, it finally came through in a big way. Led by Forte’s 121 yards on 12 carries, the Bears overwhelmed the Lions 48-24, moving to 3-1 on the season.

“We felt good about the running game since Day 1,” said quarterback Jay Cutler. “You [media] guys are the ones who were making a big deal out of it. We knew sooner or later it was going to pop.”

Forte had his issues the first three games, putting up just 2.5 yards per carry and only putting up 150 yards on 59 carries. Sunday he had his way with the Lions D, putting on a show which included a 37-yard touchdown. “We got two big runs out of Matt,” Cutler said. “I think offensively we just saw some defenses that were designed to stop the run, so we had to take advantage of some things outside. It’s a long season. Matt is going to have a lot of yards for us and a lot of production, much like today.”

Cutler had a touchdown run of his own, a John Elway like run that saw him leap into the end zone and get drilled, but the important thing was he held onto the ball and scored at the same time. “If I could have just dove in there nice and quietly, I would have,” Cutler said.

The big plays were not limited to the run game, as rookie WR Johnny Knox, who was talked about to be taken off the return game, took back a kickoff 102 yards to start the second half to take a 21-21 tie and give the Bears a 28-21 lead. It would be a lead they would never lose.

The Bears ground game put up 151 yards, and an average of 7.6 yards per carry. Cutler was 18-for-28 for 141 yards, and two scores, and he had a QB rating of 100.4. The Bears D also stopped the Lions in the second half, as after they allowed three TD’s in the first half, they held Detroit to just three second half points.

The Lions did put up 398 yards on offense, and limited the Bears to holding the ball for just 23:30, but it was the run game and the big plays that gave the Bears the win, one that once again showed what they could do with just one big aspect of their game.

The team gets a bye next Sunday, then will be in Atlanta to play the Falcons on October 18th.

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