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Matt Forte delighted fantasy owners by ending up with a 100-yard, three touchdown statline, but he had to work hard to get there. Forte carried the ball 30 times and had gone in at half-time averaging just 2.2 yards per carry. Ironically, while he did most of his damage in the second half with some nice runs, I was, in a way, more encouraged by the first half performance. He is starting to impress me with his ability to find a couple of yards here and there where another back would probably have been cut down for a loss.
Thirty-one yards on 14 carries might not seem like much, but we've seen the likes of Chris Ivory with the kind of 12 yards on 14 carries statline that persuades the offensive coordinator to abandon the running game. With the success the Jets had in the second half, that clearly would have been a mistake. By putting the Jets into manageable 2nd-and-8 situations instead of 2nd-and-11 and then 3rd-and-5 instead of 3rd-and-12, this was valuable in terms of giving the playcallers more options.