Howard rushed 10 times for 35 yards in the Bears' 16-15 playoff loss to the Eagles. Aside from a 12-yard run at the end of the first half in which the Eagles were in a dime defense, he was largely ineffective on the ground, and with the Bears not running any plays near the Eagles' goal line, he didn't see any scoring chances. In a season in which he ran for 935 yards and nine touchdowns along with 145 receiving yards, he only surpassed 81 rushing yards twice and was often dependent upon finding the end zone to be a useful fantasy performer. He'll enter the last year of his rookie deal next season and should retain his role as the early-down hammer for the Bears. His fantasy value should be similar to what it was in 2018.
Howard rushed 21 times for 109 yards and two touchdowns and brought in one of two targets for five yards in the Bears' 24-10 win over the Vikings on Sunday. Howard surprisingly was able to cross the 100-yard mark against the normally stingy Vikings run defense, with a season-long 42-yard run playing a large part. The third-year back only eclipsed the century mark twice all season, but both instances transpired in the last four games. Although the 24-year-old failed to reach 1,000 yards this season for the first time in his career, he'll look to make a postseason impact beginning with a first-round playoff clash versus the Eagles next weekend.
Howard rushed 13 times for 53 yards and a touchdown while adding a pair of receptions for 17 yards in the Bears' Week 16 victory over San Francisco. Although Chicago played with the lead for much of the second half, the Bears continued to run a balanced offense, keeping Howard from getting additional work. Despite seeing double-digit carries in all but one game this season, he typically needs to find the end zone to be a solid fantasy performer. Although he's scored in each of the last two games, those were the only times he's hit paydirt over the last seven weeks.
Howard ran for 60 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries and added a 15-yard catch during Sunday's 24-17 win over Green Bay. Howard put the Bears up on the board first late in the first quarter, slicing nearly untouched through the Packers' defense for a nine-yard touchdown. The yards-per-carry numbers from Sunday might look ugly, but Howard is playing about as well as he has all season. He scored for the first time since Week 9 and, after not parsing together back-to-back 60-yard rushing performances through 11 games, he has now strung together such performances in three straight games. He'll try to make it four next Sunday against a solid San Francisco run defense that is giving up just 4.1 yards per carry this season.
Howard rushed 16 times for 76 yards and brought in his only target for four yards in the Bears' 30-27 overtime loss to the Giants on Sunday. While Howard's rushing yardage total was far from spectacular, his 4.8 yards per carry was a welcome sight. The third-year back hadn't been over 4.0 yards per tote since Week 6, a stretch during which he'd been under Sunday's yardage tally in five of six games. Howard retains an uncontested lead-back role despite his recent struggles and will look to build on Sunday's effort in a Week 14 showdown versus the Rams.
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