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Bears RB Forte out for the game with knee injury

December 4, 2011

Matt Forte

Matt Forte was injured in the first quarter when it appeared Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson hit the Chicago Bears running back on a knee with his helmet.

Forte was taken to the locker room during the first quarter and the team has ruled him out for the remainder of the game, meaning the listless Bears’ offense is without quarterback Jay Cutler and the NFL’s leader in yards from scrimmage.

Forte has been a model of durability during his NFL career since being a second-round draft pick in 2008. He has not missed a game. Marion Barber replaced him and Kahlil Bell is active as the third running back.

Forte played through an MCL sprain during his second season in 2009. He is in the final year of his contract. The club negotiated with Forte in training camp and preseason for a long-term extension but the sides could not reach an agreement. Staying healthy is a significant risk that Forte took. The Bears are expected to place the franchise tag on Forte if a deal cannot be worked out after the season ends.

We’ll see if the team shares any information on Forte’s health after the game.

Defensive end Julius Peppers was taken to the locker room a few minutes later, but he returned.

Former Bears quarterback Kyle Orton started the second quarter for the Chiefs. He injured his throwing hand on the first play while throwing a pass on an incomplete flea-flicker play and had to leave the game. Orton is questionable to return.




Three Keys Against the Chiefs: Defense

December 3, 2011

1) No Pot Of Gold For The Dwayne-Bowe

Horrible joke aside, Dwayne Bowe remains the key playmaker for the Chiefs‘ offense with the injuries to rising-fast-running-back Jamaal Charles and starting quarterback Matt Cassel. Bowe’s 14.9 YPC ranks highest on the team, and his 55 receptions are 12 more than the next-highest receiver (Steve Breaston) and 23 more than the next (32, Dexter McCluster). He remains a solid target despite the atrocity of quarterbacking displayed by Tyler Palko, and Charles Tillman will have his hands full.

2) Force Palko into Bad Decisions with Pressure
The line finally showed some damn signs of life, and for a quarterback who’s thrown six interceptions to zero touchdowns, pressure isn’t a welcome thing. So don’t make it easy for him. Either get in his face and force a bad throw (like he needs much forcing) or add to his four sacks taken (and 26 team sacks allowed). Who knows, Palko may not last deep into the game if he struggles.
3) Stop The Run and Force Palko or Orton to Win
The Chiefs have 341 passing attempts (and 26 sacks) on the season compared to 330 rushing attempts. In the last two games, the Chiefs has 28 passing attempts and 34 rushing attempts against Pittsburgh and 37 passing attempts to 27 rushing attempts against New England. That doesn’t seem like much of anything – in fact, it might contradict the key. However, in those games combined Tyler Palko is 42 for 65 for 64%, but for only 397 yards and six interceptions and his longest pass is 28 yards. And Orton’s only had a week of practice. Look for theBears to load the box and make whoever’s at quarterback make some play

This is Tyler Palko. Doesn't he look more like a Hawaii 5-0 extra than a quarterback?

Bears vs Chargers Final

November 21, 2011



November 17, 2011

Forgot to mention, #Bears RB @MattForte22 is 10th overall in Pro Bowl votes, in either conference, with 348,880