Why 2K? Matt Forte wants it as a tribute to the ‘O’
BY PATRICK FINLEY Staff Reporter December 19, 2013 9:26PM
Matt Forte expected it.
He expected the 1,200 rushing yards (third-highest in the NFL) and the 522 receiving yards (fourth-highest among running backs).
And it would mean something to turn the 1,722 yards from scrimmage into more than 2,000 in the final two games.
“It means that our offense is doing well,” he said.
Doing well Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles might not necessarily mean scoring. The Eagles’ LeSean McCoy leads the NFL with 1,850 yards from scrimmage and 1,343 rushing yards.
“I just want to be on the field, so that he’s not on the field,” Forte said. “Because that gives us a better chance of winning. If your offense is on the field keeping them off — they have a high-powered offense as well — it’s going to give us a better chance of winning the game. And we all know how important these last two regular-season games are.”
Michael Bush is in his sixth season but has never made the playoffs. Not that he wants to jinx anything with the Bears controlling their own destiny.
“As soon as you do that,” he said, “you’ll lose.”
The backup running back ran for a 40-yard score Sunday, his longest run in more than two years.
Take away that run, and he’s gained 126 yards on 53 carries.
“When you don’t have as many opportunities, it looks worse than it is,” offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer said.
This and that
Receiver Brandon Marshall (hamstring) was limited in practice Thursday after not participating Wednesday.
“It’s the time of the season when you’re a little bit beat up,” Kromer said. “And the games start to wear on you, and you have to keep fighting through it. … I think he’ll be fine for the game.”
◆ Eagles safeties Colt Anderson (knee) and Kurt Coleman (hamstring) didn’t practice.
◆ The Bears signed safety Sean Cattouse to the practice squad one day after waiving him from the active roster.