Several players around the NFL showed up big for their teams in winning efforts for Week 5. Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks continued to elevate his game, catching 12 passes for 130 yards and 2 touchdowns in a lopsided New York victory. Tennessee running back Chris Johnson helped lift the Titans to a win in Cowboys stadium, rushing for 131 yards and 2 touchdowns. Ravens running back Ray Rice also put up 130+ yards and 2 scores in a victory, while Lions quarterback Shaun Hill tossed 3 touchdown passes to give Detroit their first win on the young season. However, it was the effort of Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte that took Week 5 honors for Eastbay’s NFL Player of the Week.
On an evening when Chicago quarterback Todd Collins passed the ball 16 times for an embarrassing 32 total yards and 4 interceptions, Matt Forte put the Bears on his back and ran them to a win. The running back carried the ball 22 times for 166 yards and two touchdowns. His biggest play came on a career long 68-yard touchdown run with a little under 8 minutes to play in the first quarter. Forte provided virtually the only offensive production in the game, and it was all Chicago needed, as they improved to 4-1 heading into next week’s game with Seattle.
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