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Forte top-10 in yards per route run

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Forte top-10 in yards per route run

As running back Matt Forte and the Chicago Bears close in a potential long-term contract, the running back's name continues to pop up in a good way on Pro Football Focus' advanced statistic analysis over the past three years.
Last week Forte was ranked as having the second best hands for a running back in the NFL, dropping just three percent of catchable passes. And on Wednesday, Pro Football Focus ranked Forte as having the eighth best yards per route run average for a running back.
Forte's 1,664 receiving yards over the last three years are third most for a running back, behind Baltimore's Ray Rice (2,197) and New Orleans' Darren Sproles (1,924). In that span, Forte has run 948 routes out of the backfield, fifth most in the NFL.
Those numbers give Forte a Yards Per Route Run (YPRR) of 1.76, eighth best in the NFL. He's almost dead even with Rice, who finished sixth at 1.83.
Oakland's Darren McFadden led the way for running backs with a 2.08 YPRR, having missed 16 games the last three seasons with injury, but making the most of his route-running.
Forte has been used heavily out of the backfield, and he acts more as a decoy to open the field for wide receivers than wide receivers do to let him slip out of the backfield. Forte was fifth in total routes run, but he has missed four games the last three seasons, more than any of the four players in front of him in that category.
Of the seven running backs ahead of him in YPRR, Pierre Thomas (first in drop rate, third in YPRR) was the only player ahead of him in both.

Trey Burton, Adrian Amos earn Bears’ top grades from Pro Football Focus for Week 7

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Trey Burton, Adrian Amos earn Bears’ top grades from Pro Football Focus for Week 7

The Bears were not at their best against the New England Patriots on Sunday. They made plenty of mistakes on all three phases and gave Tom Brady too many opportunities to control the game.

It wasn’t all bad from Chicago, though. Trey Burton emerged as a new favorite weapon of Mitchell Trubisky, and the tight end was the Bears’ highest-graded player in the game by Pro Football Focus.

Burton had a career high 11 targets, nine catches and 126 yards with a touchdown, giving Trubisky a 144.7 passer rating when targeting his top tight end.

Seven of Burton’s targets and six of his catches traveled 10 or more yards in the air, according to PFF.

Defensively, safety Adrian Amos led the pack with a 74.6 overall grade. He did not miss a tackle after missing a career-high five last week, and he allowed only one catch for eight yards against the Patriots.

On the bottom of the scale, outside linebacker Leonard Floyd received the second-lowest grade of his career (38.9 overall) for his performance. He did not record any pressure on the quarterback in 13 pass rushing snaps, and he allowed two catches for 13 yards and a touchdown in coverage against running back James White.

Wide receiver Allen Robinson had a career-low grade as well at 44.9 overall. He was clearly limited by his groin injury, targeted five times with one catch for four yards and a dropped pass.

Overall, the Bears were able to stick with one of the top teams in the AFC while also leaving a lot of room for improvement. It’s a step in the right direction from where Chicago was in recent seasons.

NFL Power Rankings Week 8: Jags, Eagles, Bears all see stock fall

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NFL Power Rankings Week 8: Jags, Eagles, Bears all see stock fall

Take a look over the NFC landscape and try to find me a team that can compete with the Rams. 

Packers? Held back by Rodgers' knee and Rodgers' coach. Saints? Might not even win their own division. Washington? Does Alex Smith really scare anyone in the playoffs? 

The Rams have one of the easier paths to the Championship Round/Super Bowl that we've seen in some time. Will it likely stay that way? Probably not. But there's a difference between parity and mediocrity and right now the NFC is toeing the line HARD. 

Outside the NFC's "elite", how did your team do this week? 

You can take a look here and see where they landed.