Matt Forte came bursting out of the gate with a trio of solid early games, including a 123-yard performance Week 1 against Indianapolis, but the Bears rookie has found the sledding tougher since then. His average has dipped to a little over 3 yards per carry the last three games and things don’t figure to get any easier Sunday against a Vikings defense that’s currently 4th against the rush. Don’t look for Forte to be much of a factor. In fact, I expect the Bears to all-but-abandon the running game by midway through the second quarter and let Kyle Orton start airing it out.
The phrase “let Kyle Orton start airing it out” may have seemed like an absurdity in past years but it’s become more realistic this season. He’s currently 15th in the league in passer rating, just a jot behind Peyton Manning if you can believe it. Vikings QB Gus Frerotte, by the way, is 21st in passer rating – just ahead of Matt Schaub, a quarterback many Vikings fans coveted before he was traded to Houston.