Chicago Bears Week One Takeaways
3. Jordan Howard Back At It Again
In what was a rather tumultuous offseason for the third-year running back, Jordan Howard quietly had a productive game.
Some anticipated that Tarik Cohen would take away a majority of the receiving snaps from Howard, but Matt Nagy remained consistent with his notion that Howard would always be the featured back.
Howard had 15 carries for 82 yards and also hauled in all five of his targets for 25 receiving yards. This game was specifically significant for Howard because, in two meetings in 2017, Howard totaled 117 yards in those two games. On Sunday night, Howard was very efficient as his 5.5 ypc paired nicely with his 107 total yards.
Howard’s struggle with the Packer’s defense in the past and his productivity in this recent matchup should foreshadow the type of season he plans on having.
Pro Football Focus predicts that Howard has the most favorable schedule against the run out of all the running backs in the NFL, so 2018 could be a monstrous season for the running back out of Indiana.