Matt Forte: Coaches told us we played 'worst half'


The Chicago Bears went into halftime of their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers down 10-0 and having amassed a measly 68 yards compared to the Bucs' 211.

"Basically at halftime coach was telling us that basically we just played the worst half of football and we're only down 10 to nothing," running back Matt Forte said, per "Our defense definitely kept us in the game with that. We can't come out and lay an egg in the first half and expect to come from behind all the time.

"Luckily it was only 10 points. Our defense did a great job in the second half causing turnovers that we could convert into touchdowns down in the red zone. Our defense did a great job doing that and helped us win the game."

Luckily it was only 10 points, and luckily for Chicago its defense came up with two huge turnovers in the third quarter that led to two easy touchdown runs for Forte. Then the D came up with another that thwarted a Bucs scoring drive. The 21-straight points in the third quarter were enough for the Bears to hang on for a 21-13 win.

The Bears' offense was pathetic Sunday outside of Forte (who ran for 89 yards and had 23 more receiving) as they totaled a mere 204 yards. Jay Cutler ended the game with 130 yards on 27 pass attempts, for a Gabbert-zone-esque 4.8 yards per attempt.

The Bears' offense has not scored more than 28 points in a game the entire season -- and that output came in Week 2 thanks to Colin Kaepernick's turnover fountain. In Marc Trestman's second year, we expected an explosive offense to take a step forward. Instead, it's stalled out.

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