Howard toted the rock 19 times for 101 yards, adding two yards on his lone reception in Sunday's 15-6 win over the Rams.
Howard turned in his first 100-yard rush game of the year, a feat he accomplished five times by this point last season. The power back clearly hasn't fit into Matt Nagy's offensive scheme as smoothly as many hoped, but he has shown some promise over the last two weeks, averaging 5.1 yards per carry over that span. The Bears unleashed a nifty smoke and mirror play to score a touchdown with an offensive lineman from one yard out. That probably spurned all the Howard owners out there, as this was the second time in as many weeks where he was overlooked from in close in favor of a lineman. Week 15's opponent, the Packers, are giving up 127.8 rushing yards per game this season, so Howard could be in line for another healthy yardage total, even if the Bears continue to use any option but him around the goal line.
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.
Howard once again struggled with efficiency on the ground, and he's now failed to average more than 3.7 yards in any of his last six contests. The 24-year-old back is also ceding most passing game work out of the backfield to Tarik Cohen, so his 638 total yards across 11 games have to be considered a disappointment overall. Howard has salvaged things to an extent with five rushing touchdowns, but he'll look to significantly up his contributions against the Giants in a Week 13 battle on Dec. 2.
Howard carried the ball 18 times for 63 yards in Sunday's 25-20 win over the Vikings. He caught his lone target for two yards.
The Vikings boast one of the league's best rush defenses, so Howard's pedestrian stat line is the equivalent of a moral victory for fantasy owners. The 18 carries represent the third-highest total for the 24-year-old this season, but he usually sits in the 11-15 carry range on most days. With Howard apparently out of the picture in the passing game -- he has just three catches over the last seven games after corralling 10 over first three -- he will need a run-heavy game script and possibly a trip to the end zone to have a strong fantasy day against the Lions on Thanksgiving.
On a day when Mitchell Trubisky found little resistance through the air, Howard was mostly marginalized, leading to his lowest rushing yardage total of the season. The 24-year-old had found the end zone on four occasions over the prior three games, so Sunday's effort was especially disappointing. Howard naturally has the talent to bounce back, although he's yet to eclipse 100 yards this season and has only topped 70 once since the season opener. He'll look to bounce back versus the Vikings in a key Week 11 divisional battle.
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