CHICAGO – Jordan Howard entered his Week 3 matchup against the Steelers with just 59 yards rushing on 22 carries and a growing concern that the second-year running back might be in for a rough sophomore campaign.
Bears fans can breathe easier after Sunday's performance against the Steelers.
Howard rushed for 138 yards on 23 carries and hauled in five receptions for 26 yards. He scored on a 3-yard touchdown in the opening quarter and raced to the end zone in overtime for an 18-yard score to give the Bears a thrilling 23-17 victory.
Between Howard and rookie Tarik Cohen, the Bears ran the ball 35 times for 216 yards.
“You can’t say enough about the way Jordan and Tarik can present issues for defenses," Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long. "We see it every day at practice. Luckily we get really good work with our defense as an offensive line. It carries over to the game. That was a really good group we played today. Very tough up front, very fast in the second level and they’re well coached. We knew it was going to come down to the later rounds.”
Howard, who was dealing with an injured right shoulder, was in visible pain at times but remained in a pivotal role even after walking off with Bears' trainers in the fourth quarter. His toughness didn't go unnoticed by head coach John Fox.
"He's a tough sun of a gun," Fox said. "The more you have of those, the better off you are and the better chance you have to win."