Howard rushed 36 times for 167 yards and caught his lone target for nine more in Sunday's 27-24 overtime win at Baltimore.
Howard was the beneficiary of a run-heavy game plan that featured 54 plays on the ground and 17 passes. Chicago's desire to protect rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky should continue to result in heavy volume for Howard as long as the Bears are able to keep themselves within striking distance of the opposition. After battling a shoulder injury and watching Tarik Cohen siphon off carries early in the season, Howard has reestablished himself as the unquestioned lead back in Chicago.
Howard rushed 19 times for 76 yards in Monday night's 20-17 loss to the Vikings.
Howard did all right considering the Vikings' ability to key on him instead of worrying about a passing game led by a rookie quarterback making his debut. In fact, Howard's 76 yards marked his second-highest total this season, and he saw at least 18 carries for the third straight week. While that will encourage fantasy owners looking for consistent usage, Howard has averaged over 4.0 yards per carry in just one outing so far. Without a presence in the passing game, Howard is left in need of a heavy workload to maximize his value. Fortunately, Sunday's road game at the Ravens could see the Bears lean on Howard to limit signal-caller Mitchell Trubisky's risk of error.
Howard gained 53 yards and scored a touchdown on 18 carries and hauled in two of four targets for 10 yards in Thursday's 35-14 loss to the Packers.
Howard found running room at a premium for the majority of the contest, but he did manage to round out the nice nightly for fantasy owners with a three-yard touchdown run at the six-minute mark of the fourth period. The score was Howard's third over the last two contests, although his 2.9 yards per tote marked the second time in the first four games in which he's been under the 3.0 mark. The 22-year-old will now get a full 10 days to rest his troublesome shoulder before trying to up his production in a Week 5 MNF tilt against the Vikings.
Howard (shoulder) is not listed on Monday's injury report for Thursday's game against the Packers, Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Howard visibly favored his shoulder on a few plays during Sunday's 23-17 win over Pittsburgh, but it didn't stop him from piling up 23 carries for 138 yards and two touchdowns with another 26 yards on five receptions. He's been playing through a sprained AC joint since Week 1, and he seems to have made it through Sunday's game without aggravating the issue. Howard once again figures to have a starring role in the game plan, though the Bears may turn to a heavier dose of Tarik Cohen if they end up facing a multi-score deficit in a difficult matchup.
Howard rushed 23 times for 138 yards and two touchdowns and caught all five of his targets for 26 yards during Sunday's 23-17 overtime win over Pittsburgh.
It was reported earlier this week that Howard had been playing through a sprained AC joint, so after he was bottled up in Week 2 for just seven rushing yards on nine carries, this was a monster fantasy showing. Howard had eight rushes of over 10 yards Sunday, including both his touchdown scampers. Additionally, it was encouraging to see him active in the passing attack. It was a huge rebound showing for the sophomore, but Tarik Cohen also had another strong game, and Howard's game-to-game inconsistency is still a concern. It's a short week for Chicago, as the Bears face Green Bay at Lambeau Field on Thursday, so the limited turnaround could take a toll on Howard's shoulder and potentially cap his upside for Week 4.
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|15||12/16/17||@ DET||4:30 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
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