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Bears Grades: Workhorse Forte shut down in second half

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Bears Grades: Workhorse Forte shut down in second half

Matt Forte and his running-backs room were the Bears’ game plan. Forte had eight carries in the first quarter alone

Jacquizz Rodgers was a solid relief for Forte, with a third-down conversion on a five-yard run in the second quarter. Forte finished the first half with 64 yards on 15 carries.

But without any passing game to expand the field, Forte was limited to 10 yards in the second half as the Bears ran just 16 total plays. Rodgers caught one pass for 10 yards, but the three passes directed to Forte went incomplete.

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Seattle effectively took away the Chicago offense after halftime, and as the Seahawks’ lead built, with breakdowns on special teams, neither the running backs nor much of anyone else was a factor.

The absence of any carries by rookie running back Jeremy Langford was puzzling, particularly with the commitment to the run and Forte getting 15 carries in the first half alone.

“With the offense, you have a game plan,” head coach John Fox said. “You have some runs, you have some audibles — runs and passes. We didn’t get a lot of offensive plays.”

Moon's Grade: C-

Under Center Podcast: What should we expect from Mitch Trubisky vs. New Orleans?

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Under Center Podcast: What should we expect from Mitch Trubisky vs. New Orleans?

JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis and John "Moon" Mullin look at the likelihood Mitch Trubisky returns on Sunday against the Saints, and what the Bears should expect from him when he comes back (02:00). Plus, JJ is concerned about how the Bears can attack standout Saints CB Marshon Lattimore (09:00) while Moon and Cam dive into what positions need to be better to help Mitch out (11:00).

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