Running Deep

Lake Forest - One problem the Bears happy to have is how to divide carries in the backfield when Thomas Jones returns to the lineup. Anthony Thomas has rushed for more than 200 yards in the past two games that have resulted in victories.

In the past two games Anthony Thomas has rushed for 208 yards on 53 carries and two touchdowns. A-Train has also caught five balls for 51 yards. His 41-yard run in the fourth quarter turned out to be the difference in the 28-21 decision.

Thomas Jones' left big toe injury forced him to leave against San Francisco after the opening play and he sat out the victory over the Giants.

However, no matter what Thomas does, when Jones is healthy he'll start.

"It's great what Anthony has been doing. We feel like Anthony has starting tailback ability also. We have two guys and really I think it normally works itself out. Right now Thomas isn't 100 percent ready to go and as along as that's the case Anthony will continue to be our guy."

At the very least, Thomas has earned the right to more carries in the second half of the season.

"Anthony certainly will be figured into our game plan as much as ever and probably even more so with his performance these last couple games," Shea said. "I've said it all along. Thank goodness we have two quality running backs."

Thomas Jones, who had accounted for 701 yards from scrimmage through the first six games, 44.2 percent of the Bears' 1,585-yard total. In the past two games Anthony Thomas has accounted for 259 of the Bears' 485 total yards, or 53.4 percent.

Terrell's Roller-Coaster Ride
Another former Michigan Wolverine and member of the same draft class as Thomas continues to have an up and down season.

After catching just two passes for 24 yards in the previous three games combined, David Terrell broke out against New York. He was the only Bears receiver with more than one reception, catching four balls for 70 yards, including a key 28-yarder on a first-and-20 play in the second quarter that immediately preceded rookie Bernard Berrian's 35-yard TD catch from Craig Krenzel. Terrell also had 9- and 20-yard catches in the fourth quarter the helped position the Bears for their final TD, Anthony Thomas' 41-yard run.

"It's a battle," said Terrell, who leads the Bears with 361 receiving yards and is second with 22 catches. "I'm going to win some and I'm gonna lose some. (General manager) Jerry (Angelo) told me if I want to be in Chicago, make the plays, and I'm gonna make them because I want to be here. He told me that recently; he knows how to get me motivated."

Despite the Bears' 1-5 start, Terrell likes their chances after back-to-back victories.

"It's two halves, four quarters," he said. "Everybody (else) jumped off quick in the first half. It's our turn to go out and play, and in the end we'll see what happens. It's gonna be us, you know that."


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