Matt Forte was previously reported to be a game time decision but sources now say that he has been cleared for Monday Night’s match up against the Dallas Cowboys. Jay Glazer of FOX Sports was the first to report the news via his twitter account.
“Sources tell me barring a freak setback Matt Forte is healthy and set to play tonight. He’s telling teammates he will be active, good to go!”
Forte is an important part of the Chicago’s offense especially when they’re facing the best defense in the league against the pass. The Dallas Cowboys have held opponents to only 137 yards through the air per game this season. Their secondary has taken a hit with the loss of Anthony Spencer for the game and safety Barry Church but the depth at corner is allowing Dallas to remain confident. Brandon Carr will supposedly spend time at safety.
But Forte not only adds another dimension to the running game that will take some of the focus and attention away from Jay Cutler, he’s a safe outlet for Cutler if nothing is open down field. Jay Cutler struggles at times and threw 4 interceptions earlier this year when they faced the Green Bay Packers.
Forte’s replacement last week, Michael Bush, struggled against the St. Louis Rams’ defense and struggled to find holes and running lanes. Fortunately the Bears were able to overcome the issues with their running game but the Dallas defense will be a bigger challenge than the Rams’.
The Cowboys haven’t been as strong against the run and come into the game with the 17th best defense against the rush allowing 113 yards per game. The Bears need Forte to take advantage of that if they’re to win the game.