When I saw that the Jets had replaced Chris Ivory’s bruising, hard nosed running style with Matt Forte’s pass catching and finesse, I thought that they may have made a critical mistake.
At 30 years old, it seemed that the veteran had lost a step and may not be able to provide the punch in the mouth that makes this Jets offense so potent and explosive.
Theoretically, if defenses could contain Forte they would be able to prey on the Jets receivers, put pressure on Ryan Fitzpatrick and cause this offense to implode.
So far this season, the wily veteran is proving the exact opposite to be true as he has now toted the rock 52 times for almost 200 yards and has given Fitzpatrick the ability to be even more comfortable in the pocket.
The result; Fitz completed 6 passes to 3 different receivers for totals of 126, 101, 96 yards.
Forte’s ability to adapt to what the offense needs from him, has given this unit the ability to become even more explosive and they have done it against what we all believed to be two pretty solid defenses.
The question Forte is faced with now; is whether his body can hold up to the pressure of being an every down back at an age where he is supposed to be past his prime.
My guess is that his production will begin to slow as the season wears on and his legs start to wear out but I’ve been wrong about the veteran ball carrier before.
If he proves me wrong again, this could be a long season for Jets opponents and another stellar year for the back who keeps defying Father Time.