For the New York Jets in Week 3 action against the Kansas City Chiefs, running back Matt Forte failed to rise to the occasion.
Running back Matt Forte entered the 2016 NFL season a new man. He was healthy, a newly signed member of the New York Jets and had talents that would compliment any offense. Sure, there were plenty of skeptics, but his weekly performance suggested otherwise.
During his Week 1 and 2 outings, he totaled 52 carries; that’s insane! In Week 1 he had 22 carries for 96 rushing yards. He also had five receptions for an added 59 yards. In his Week 2 matchup against the Buffalo Bills, Forte had 30 touches for 100 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns. Then there’s also the two receptions for nine extra yards.
Forte has more receptions than any of the tight ends. With those statistics, there was no way Forte was coming into Week 3 without dominating the run game. Not to mention, the Jets played the Kansas City Chiefs. This was a team that gave running backs on average 126 yards per game. The Chiefs gave their opponents the third most rushing yards.
When the Chiefs played the Houston Texans, Lamar Miller had 25 carries for 83 yards. Then, against the San Diego Chargers, Melvin Gordon had 14 carries for 57 yards and two touchdowns. Danny Woodhead also added 16 carries for 89 yards.
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All signs pointed to Forte exploding this week, and he did the complete opposite.
I’m almost embarrassed to tell you his statistics from this week’s game.
Forte had 15 carries, which is half of his previous weeks.
He had only 65 rushing yards, and -1 receiving yards on two receptions, yes negative.
Oh, and don’t forget, no touchdowns.
What happened? Only Forte knows the answer to that, but it’s not because he was outplayed by another running back. What I do know is next week the Jets take on the Seattle Seahawks. Their defense held Todd Gurley to 19 carries for 51 yards. He didn’t even average three yards per carry.
That doesn’t look good for Forte whose matchup was ideal this week. He is going to have a lot of work during practice this week if he wants to continue to be the workhorse of the Jets.
All we can do now is hope the Jets will use this loss as a motivator and bounce back from a dreadful Week 3 loss to the Chiefs. At the end of the day, the Jets are 1-2 with a whole lot of football left to be played.