Sunday, December 4, 2011

Matt Forte Gets Hurt, Marion Barber Takes Over

On Sunday against the Chiefs, Matt Forte went down with a sprained MCL which will keep him out for 2-4 weeks. Things can't get much worse in Chicago, as Marion Barber takes over as the team's #1 running back. The possibility of even making the playoffs just got a whole lot worse. Marion Barber has been valuable because he's got a nose for scoring on goal line carries. Outside of that specific set of circumstances, he isn't very good. Ergo losing both Cutler and Forte means that the Bears are going to struggle mightily to get near the end zone. Anyone who was excited when Forte got hurt because they own Barber on their fantasy team might want to take a moment for sober second thought. Barber might actually be worse without Forte, even if it means he'll get more carries. Without touchdowns, Barber won't be worth a whole hec of a lot. They were terrible against the Chiefs. Kansas had 7 sacks and 3 picks as Chicago had 88 passing yards.

Next week they play the Broncos. Marion the Barbarion better hope he's on good terms with God, or that Von Miller misses another game. As starting RB, I don't see him getting more than 60 yards in any game the rest of the season, or maybe once. Chicago is more likely to get crushed and lose out the rest of their schedule.

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