Bears fans weren’t quite sure what to expect in terms of workload with Matt Forte returning from a knee injury Thursday night against the Green Bay Packers. In Forte’s absence, rookie Jeremy Langford had been playing terrifically.
But Forte’s veteran presence and the extra dimension he adds to the passing game were too much to ignore and let fall by the wayside.
Credit Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase for utilizing both backs in Thursday’s 17-13 victory over the Packers. Langford carried the rock 12 times for 48 yards and a touchdown while Forte finished with 15 carries for 44 yards. Each player added a reception to the mix.
I would expect Forte to continue to receive the lion’s share of the repetitions for the remainder of the season as long as he is healthy. Although Langford appears to be ready to be the featured back in the years to come, the Bears might as well get every last ounce of production out of Forte that they can, as he still remains the better back at this point.
The fact that the Bears have two very similar, versatile backs is an added bonus and will make their offense very tough to stop the rest of the way.