Running room could be tight

Running room could be tight

Posted by Bob LeGere on Wed, 10/15/2008 - 23:47
I don't believe the Bears will have much luck running against the Vikings Sunday at Soldier Field. First, rookie running back Matt Forte sat out Wednesday's practice. Although the reason listed was “rest,” Forte was wearing a splint on his left thumb Monday, the same thumb that he was icing in the lockerroom last Sunday after the loss to the Falcons. But even healthy running backs struggle against the Vikings' defense and especially their stud tackles, Pat Williams and Kevin Williams, who aren't related but are very similar in their ability to clog the middle and discourage opponents from even attempting to run. The Vikings have allowed an average of just 60.6 rushing yards in their last five games. In the last 38 games, only two backs – the Packers' Ryan Grant and the Rams' Steven Jackson in 2006 – have rushed for 100 yards against the Vikings. Forte is fifth in the NFL with 459 rushing yards, but he hasn't averaged more than 4.0 yards per carry since the season opener.
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