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Forte has worst output of season as run game stalls

Updated: November 10, 2013 9:48PM



Bears running back Matt Forte entered the game Sunday against the Detroit Lions with more than 100 yards from scrimmage in three consecutive games.

So the Lions’ secondary remained committed to stopping the run throughout their win over the Bears on Sunday, forcing Forte’s edge rushes toward the middle of the field. In conjunction with its secondary, a solid Lions defensive line made it difficult for Forte to generate any offense.

He ran the ball 17 times for 33 yards and caught four passes for 16 yards, his worst output of the season. Forte didn’t say much after the game except the obvious — the running game never got going.

But other players on offense assumed responsibility.

“We have to do a better job getting the run game going,” tight end Martellus Bennett said. “When we get Forte going, he’s a workhorse for this offense. It’s a whole different offense when we get that spark from him. So I didn’t think we did a good enough job for him and let him hit the edges today.”

Center Roberto Garza conceded that there were problems all over the line.

“We just have to finish our blocks and use better techniques,” Garza said. “They are a good front, and we just didn’t do a good job today.”

Tillman-Johnson sequel

Bears cornerback Charles Tillman limited Lions receiver Calvin Johnson’s catches but wasn’t up to the task in the most critical moments.

Johnson was targeted 17 times and had only six receptions for 83 yards. He did, however, score two touchdowns, including what ended up as the game-winning score with 2:22 left in the fourth quarter.

“It’s pretty tough [to cover him] because look at his size, look at his speed,” Bears safety Major Wright said. “He’s good at catching the ball. You can’t ask for much more for this whole defense to play him, not just one guy. We’ve just got to make our plays, do our jobs.”

Tillman left before media members arrived in the locker room and didn’t speak after the game.

This and that

Rookie defensive end Cornelius Washington played Sunday for the second time this season because Shea McClellin was out with a hamstring injury. Washington last played when the Bears lost in Detroit on Sept. 29.

◆ Tillman was called for his second horse collar tackle of the season, forced to do so on Lions running back Reggie Bush in the third quarter in order to save a touchdown.

◆ Rookie defensive tackle Christian Tupou played for the second straight week after recording his first career tackle Monday in Green Bay.

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