The first thing the Bears’ offense needs to do Saturday against the Redskins is get the running game in gear, and with Matt Forte playing, that’s likely to happen.
Everyone’s worried about the pass protection, but Forte’s presence will make pass blocking easier. The Pro Bowl running back didn’t play in the opener because he doesn’t need to, but the offense needs him for balance.
“Since we're a running football team yes, we need to (get that going),” coach Lovie Smith said. “Matt Forte will play this week, and we need to get (backup) Michael Bush some quality reps.”
Bush only got 3 carries and 2 yards last week.
“We need to get our offensive line going, too,” Smith said. “But in order for us to do the things that we want to do offensively, we've got to get the running game going and hopefully we can.”
Don’t expect to see a lot of Forte Saturday night, but even a little bit should be enough for the offense to look a lot better than it did against the Broncos.