LONDON -- Matt Forte closed in on becoming the first player in seven years to reach 1,000 yards from scrimmage after just seven games Sunday when he broke a 32-yard touchdown in the opening quarter to lead the Bears to a 7-2 advantage over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium.
Tampa Bay’s first-quarter points came courtesy of a safety, but the club came close to scoring a touchdown.
But Ronde Barber tilted the advantage back in Tampa Bay’s favor by dropping Forte for a 2-yard loss in the end zone on the next play, resulting in a safety.
Forte’s scoring run started up the right sideline, but the running back juked a defender and cut back inside to take the ball in for the touchdown. After the first quarter, Forte needs just 12 yards to become the first player -- any position -- since 2004 to gain 1,000 yards from scrimmage after the first seven games.
Forte currently has 78 yards rushing and 2 receiving.