He added five catches for 15 yards. On the plus side, Forte tied for the team lead with eight targets.
Forte visits the Jets on Monday Night Football in Week 3.
Forte did a nice job racking up his yardage in chunks, with nine of his plays going for at least nine yards in the game, but he didn't see any looks in the red zone as the offense focused on attacking through the air. Forte surpassed his 169-yard total just twice last season. He'll likely find a harder test ahead in Week 2 when he faces the 49ers.
While Buffalo put together a strong defense last season, the team's particular strength was against the pass. Rushers were able to gain 4.4 yards per carry against the Bills, leaving them 23rd in the league in the category. While the Bills did a good job defending against pass-catching backs last season, they now have to play without linebackers Kiko Alonso (season-ending injury) and Nigel Bradham (suspended for Week 1) as well as safety Jairus Byrd (signed with New Orleans).
New defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz's defense was just average defending passes against running backs in Detroit last season. Forte has been excellent against Schwartz, who was the head coach of the Lions from 2009 through 2013. He has rushed for 1,005 yards and averaged 4.74 yards per carry while catching 38 passes for 360 yards in 12 career games against the Lions. Ten of those contests came with Schwartz at the helm, and Forte should be able to continue giving the Bills defensive coordinator nightmares this Sunday.
The 28-year-old led the league in touches last year and doesn't need to prove anything during the preseason. He ranked third with 289 carries, and his 74 receptions also ranked third among running backs in 2013.
"This offseason I feel better than I have the past five or six offseasons. I got my rest and I know how to take care of my body now,' he said. "Yeah, it is going to be harder and harder every year, but as long as you continue to have your set routine and stick to it, and a lot of prayer too, that helps a lot. Health is the main deal."
Forte led the NFL in touches last year. He ranked third with 289 carries, and his 74 receptions also ranked third among running backs.
"It's hard to take Matt off the field, but for the best interests of the team we should take him off a little bit and get him rested," offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer told the paper. "You say, 'Next drive we are going to take him out.' And you look at him on the sideline and he doesn't look tired, so it is hard to take him out."
|3||9/22/14||@ NYJ||8:30 pm|
|5||10/5/14||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|6||10/12/14||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|8||10/26/14||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/9/14||@ GB||8:30 pm|
|13||11/27/14||@ DET||12:30 pm|
|17||12/28/14||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
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