Quick Hit: Matt Forte’s Hot Start
Wes Welker isn’t the only player on a torrid pace to start the season. The Bears’ Matt Forte has averaged 157 yards from scrimmage (receiving + rushing) through 5 games. That puts him on pace for 2512 total yards by season’s end, which would be slightly better than Chris Johnson’s 2509 yards in 2009. What makes Forte’s season so interesting thus far is that he is putting up big numbers in both aspects of the game, 440 yards rushing and 345 yards receiving. How does Forte’s great start compare to the best starts in history?
You’ll notice that 2009 Chris Johnson doesn’t appear on this list, he actually got off to a “slow” start putting up only 594 yards (118.8 per game) to start his record-setting season. Forte will need 2359 total yards per game to edge out Barry Sanders (2358 yards in 1997) in the top 5 seasons of all time. In order to hit that mark, he’ll need to average about 143 yards per game for the rest of the season.