It took until Week 14, but Jordan Howard finally topped 100 yards for the Chicago Bears on Sunday
The Chicago Bears have been trying, and trying and failing to get Jordan Howard over the hump. Matt Nagy has preached relentlessly that his rushing attack needs to get better. Howard, who broke out in his rookie season with seven games over 100 yards had yet to have a game over 100 on the ground.
Howard had 82 yards in his season debut, but failed to reach that mark again until Week Eight. Last week Howard had 73 yards at the half and was sure to get over the hump. That is until he ran for three yards in the second half.
However, Sunday was the perfect recipe for a 100-yard game. Howard was taking on a Rams defense that has been struggling to defend the run. On top of that, the game flow called for it. The Chicago Bears got a lead early into the game and sat on that lead for most of the game.
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Mitch Trubisky was off. He was coming back from his shoulder injury and clearly did not have it tonight. With a lead and a young quarterback who is struggling, it was a great time to bust out Jordan Howard. Howard took some chunk yardage and worked his way up over 100 yards for the first time this season.
What is so great is that he did it on 19 carries, and averaged over 5 yards per carry. He was not force-fed the carries despite it not working. He made it work and was given more carries.
This could be a big development for the Bears as they move into the postseason with a lot on the line. This team will need to be multidimensional and that starts with a strong running attack which will set up Mitch Trubisky. Hopefully we see Howard get going as the months get colder.