Florham Park, N.J. - It's no secret that the New York Jets offense has not been up to par of what they were expected. Ryan Fitzpatrick had a historic year for the Jets in 2015. Now he's benched for Geno Smith. Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker were the best duo in the NFL last season. Now, Decker is lost for the season and could be lost for a good chunk of next year. Jace Amaro was released as apart of training camp cuts. With the loss of Chris Ivory, the Jets upgraded with the addition of Matt Forte. However, Forte has been struggling to start the season and he really needs to step it up.
The Baltimore Ravens defense has been one of the best in the NFL. They rank 3rd in total defense, allowing 294.8 yards per game, and are the best in the league in stopping the run as they just allow 69.7 yards per game. Those stats don't bode well with Forte. Especially with the how the Jets offense has been playing. The rushing offense is 21st in the NFL, averaging 92.5 In scoring offense, dead last at 15.8 points per game.
Forte started out the first two games on the right note for his team. He had 52 attempts for 196 yards and three touchdown. Forte also hauled in seven passes for 68 yards. In the next four, he had only 50 attempts for 164 yards and no score. Forte also had seven catches but only for 25 yards.
With the offense struggling to get down the field, Forte will also see similar struggles. It also doesn't help that the team has been playing come-from-behind for most of the games this season. That meant it cut into his carries as he only had nine last game. Bilal Powell has also been cutting into Forte's time in the passing attack. After only getting three catches in the first two games, he reeled in 21 balls in the next four, breaking 40 yards in three of the four games.
Forte has said multiple times that age is not a factor and he couldn't be more right. He has looked good so far this season, it's just that the offense has been struggling as of late. The Jets are in a funk that they can easily break out of this Sunday against the Ravens. Forte didn't have the best year last season with the Bears, but he's not far away from two years ago where he had over 1,000 yards rushing and 102 catches for 808 yards including 10 total touchdowns.
Forte was once in the top three in the NFL in rushing earlier in the season. One of the more reliable players for the Jets, Forte can get the Jets out of this offensive funk. Come Sunday, Forte will have a breakout game to help turn the Jets season in the right direction.