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Forte confident running game will come

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Matt Forte has 27 carries for 79 yards in two games for a 2.9 yards-per-carry average. He's also the team's leading receiver with 12 catches for 188 yards and three touchdowns.

Those aren't the type of numbers you would expect from a running back, especially one that ran for more than 1,200 yards a rookie, but he's not about to complain.

"As long as we keep winning games, I'm satisfied," he said. "Whether I'm effective in the running game or the passing game, both are helping our team win. I know the running game will come along so I'm not worried about that."

Offensive coordinator Mike Martz loves exploiting mismatches and lining Forte up as a receiver against a linebacker or a safety has been just that.

"When he lines me up out there, it's for a reason to get a mismatch or something like that," he said. "I'm just glad he realizes that I can line up wide and do different things. And if I line up wide and they put a corner or a safety on me, then someone else may have a mismatch and that may help one of my teammates."

While he may be satisfied with his role, Forte knows the Bears must improve their 28th-ranked running game.

"It makes the passing game that much better," he said. "It's important to get it going. Short passes can be considered as a run but the running game is important to get going so we can throw more down-the-field passes."

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