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By Michael Blunda

Somewhat of an afterthought with pass-happy coordinator Mike Martz coming to Chicago to call the plays, RB Matt Forté stole the show in Sunday's win over the Lions.

He didn't do it on the ground, however. Forté instead did almost all of his damage through the air, catching seven passes for 151 yards and two TDs. His first score was a Jay Cutler dump-off that he took 89 yards to paydirt, and his second was a beautiful 28-yard diving grab in the endzone. He also added 50 yards on the ground for good measure.

Martz may have a pass-first mentality, but the Bears' offense was surprisingly balanced in the first game of the 2010 campaign. Cutler dropped back to pass 39 times (23-of-35 passing for 372 yards, two TDs and one INT with four sacks) while the team ran 31 times. It also became clear Sunday that Forté is not in an even timeshare with Chester Taylor, as he had nearly twice as many carries as the former Viking (17 to nine).

Forté led the club in every receiving category, but Devin Aromashodu also had a solid day with 5-71-0 — and he was targeted a team-high 10 times by Cutler. After receiving all kinds of hype, Johnny Knox finished with just OK numbers, posting three grabs for 52 yards. And fantasy owners can forget about Devin Hester, who had only one catch.

But Forté is the one owners have plenty of reasons to be excited about. It looks like he's going to get the ball a ton, and in this offense, he's got a chance to really excel.


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