Bears' Matt Forte: Rushes for 44 yards while sharing workload
Matt Forte (knee) accumulated 44 yards on 15 carries and gained nine yards on his lone reception in Thursday's 17-13 win over the Packers.
As anticipated, the Chicago Bears employed a fairly even timeshare at running back with Forte and Jeremy Langford, after the latter excelled during Forte's three-game hiatus. Forte ended up finishing with three more carries, but Langford averaged nearly a yard more per attempt and was also able to cash in on a goal-line touchdown shortly before halftime. Meanwhile, neither back was much of a factor in the passing game. So long as both Forte and Langford remain healthy, it sounds like coach John Fox plans to keep both backs quite involved, just as he did during his time in Carolina with DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. For fantasy purposes, it's not an ideal development for either player.
Packers' Eddie Lacy: Rumbles for season-high 106 yards
Eddie Lacy (ankle) looked like his old self rushing for a season-high 106 yards on 17 carries, and caught 4 passes for 34 yards and a touch down in Thursday's 13-17 loss to the Bears.
Lacy followed up his break through week 11 performance with an even better week 12 on Thursday. He came out of the gate scorching, including a 25 yard touchdown reception in the first quarter. It was his second consecutive 100-yard rushing game. Lacy appears to have found his stride late in the season. He has a favorable matchup next Thursday in Detroit, as the Green Bay Packers will look for revenge against the Lions.
Bears' Marquess Wilson: Four catches for 44 yards Thursday
Wilson narrowly missed on his second touchdown of the season, as an official review on his 19-yard, second-quarter reception determined that his knee went down before the ball crossed the goal line. Still, it was an encouraging performance for Wilson, who has now amassed 146 receiving yards over the last two weeks to put himself on the radar as a potential waiver-wire pickup.
Bears' Jay Cutler: Throws for 200 yards in turnover-free win over Packers
Jay Cutler completed 19-of-31 passes for 200 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions in Thursday's 17-13 win over the Packers.
Considering the rainy conditions that were present throughout the game, Cutler did well to avoid any major mistakes, though the Packers did come close to reeling in a couple of interceptions. In any event, after previously performing miserably for his career against the rival Packers, Cutler ended up outproducing Aaron Rodgers, and narrowly missed out on having a two-touchdown evening after Marquess Wilson was tackled at the half-yard line on a 20-yard second-quarter reception. Since missing the Chicago Bears ' Week 3 tilt in Seattle with a hamstring injury, Cutler has been fantastic, posting 12 touchdowns against four interceptions during that span to go along with a rushing score.
Cowboys' Tony Romo: Set for MRI Friday, but likely out for season
Tony Romo (shoulder) will undergo an MRI on Friday for his left clavicle injury after preliminary X-rays following Thursday's loss to the Panthers were inconclusive, ESPN's Ed Werder reports. However, a source close to the situation told Werder that Romo is "done for the season."
Romo fell hard on his left shoulder when he was sacked to the ground at the end of the third quarter, and it seems to be a foregone conclusion that he suffered a fracture of the same clavicle for the second time this season. The Dallas Cowboys aren't expected to formally rule Romo out for the season until after the results of Friday's scans are read, but his fantasy owners should begin the process of assessing other options at the quarterback spot. Matt Cassel came on for Romo in the fourth quarter of Thursday's game and is expected to assume the starting job for the remainder of the season.
Panthers' Kurt Coleman: Gets interception in third straight game
Kurt Coleman notched an interception for the third consecutive game in Thursday's win over the Cowboys, taking it back 36 yards to the house for his first touchdown of the season.
Coleman's interception was just the first of two pick-sixes on the day for the Carolina Panthers defense. The former Ohio State standout has bounced around the league a bit in his brief career, but seems to have finally found a home in Carolina. He's recorded 57 tackles, five interceptions, and one sack in 11 games this season.
Panthers' Kony Ealy: Records sack in fifth straight game
Kony Ealy recorded only one tackle in Thursday's win over the Cowboys, but it counted as a sack.
That gives Ealy exactly one sack in five straight games, a welcome development for a Carolina pass rush that has been missing Charles Johnson all season and hasn't gotten much production from early-season import Jared Allen. However, Ealy has only produced nine total tackles during those five games, so until he improves that production, he'll largely remain off the radar in most IDP formats.
Panthers' Luke Kuechly: Records two picks, touchdown Thursday
The Carolina defense was responsible for 12 of the team's 33 points on the day, and it's no surprise that their star middle linebacker was the one behind it, as both of his picks came on back-to-back plays. While the production was more than helpful for those using Kuechly this week in IDP leagues, his continued decline in tackle production is a bit worrisome. He's now failed to notch double-digit stops in four consecutive games.
Panthers' Graham Gano: Racks up 15 points Thursday
Graham Gano finished with 15 points in Thursday's win over the Cowboys, converting on 4-of-5 field-goal attempts and knocking down all three of his extra-point tries.
The Carolina Panthers controlled the clock through much of the game, but their failure to convert on eight of their 16 third-down chances worked to the benefit of Gano. A blocked kick by the Cowboys on his final attempt from the field was the only thing that stood in the way of a perfect day for Gano, who has recorded double-digit points in four of his last five games.
Panthers' Brenton Bersin: Catches one pass in Thursday's win
Brenton Bersin caught one of two targets for 12 yards in Thursday's win over the Cowboys.
Despite his standing as the Carolina Panthers ' fourth receiver on the depth chart for Thursday's game, Bersin actually saw more targets (two) than lead wideout Ted Ginn (zero). Still, Bersin's main role with the club lies on special teams, and he shouldn't be expected to record much more than a stray catch in any given week. For the season, he has only six receptions for 82 yards.
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