DeMarco Murray is far and away the NFL's leading rusher through 13 weeks, both in terms of yards and carries, and Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte is a bit jealous of the Cowboys running back.
Last week when the Bears saw a 14-3 lead evaporate against the Detroit Lions, Forte had just five carries despite being one of the game's premier running backs. This week when talking to the Associated Press, he said he's been impressed with the Cowboys' run-heavy offense.
“It’s of the utmost importance, especially if we’re playing outside, with the weather and stuff,” Forte said. “You can’t just sit back there and throw 50 passes a game and expect to win. Their [Lions] front four were pinning their ears back. They didn’t have anything to do but pass rush. They’re not respecting the run and then if you play fake, they’re not going take the play fake because you haven’t been running the ball.”
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The Bears, who have a great receiving tandem in wideouts Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery and former Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett, have plenty of weaponry through the air, but it was pretty amazing to see Forte held to such a low carry total after the Bears had built a 14-3 lead in the first quarter on Thanksgiving Day.