Daily Archives: October 30th, 2011

Matt Forte carries the rushing workload for the Bears

Matt Forté of the Chicago Bears

Matt Forte... Image via Wikipedia

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There has been a lot written that Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte is looking for a new contract. If workload alone was a criteria for Forte’s request, the running back who leads the Bears in most yards rushing and most yards receiving, deserves a new contract.

Forte has gained 672 of the Bears 803 yards rushing, 83.7% of the team’s rushing total. This percentage is tops among the 32 NFL teams. There are seven running backs who have 70% or more of their team’s rushing yards. The seven:

Matt Forte, Chicago 83.7%

Michael Turner, Atlanta, 78.7%

Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville, 78.0%

Cedric Benson, Cincinnati, 72.5%

Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants, 72.1%

Chris Wells, Arizona, 71.9%

Fred Jackson, Buffalo, 71.0%

On the other side of the coin, a handful of NFL teams are spreading the wealth when it comes to the ground attack. For example:

* Dallas and Indianapolis each have two players with 250 or more rushing yards.

* Philadelphia has two players with 350 or more rushing yards.

* Houston has two players with 400 or more rushing yards.

* New Orleans has three players with 200 or more rushing yards.

* Carolina has three players with 250 or more rushing yards.