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Justin Forsett nearing 1,000 yards for the season

It's been a goal for Forsett since he entered the NFL.

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Since running back Justin Forsett entered the NFL, his goal was to have a season where he ran for over 1,000 yards.

He previously hasn't had that opportunity as a backup. But earning a starting role with the Ravens this season, Forsett is awfully close. Forsett has run for 903 yards this season, which ranks fifth in the NFL. Prior to Thanksgiving Day, Forsett was third before being jumped by LeSean McCoy and Marshawn Lynch.

Even so, another 100-yard game (or 97 to be accurate) and Forsett will reach this mark.

"It's been a goal my whole career just to get to 1,000 yards," Forsett told reporters this week. "To finally be close to it, it's amazing — a blessing. Hopefully we get there soon."

We've written extensively on Forsett this season, and perhaps that's the fact that he continues to surprise each week. He's gotten stronger game by game and you can see the confidence he's developed on display. With a strong running game, this offense can do just about anything.

Forsett, 29, has earned a shot at being the Ravens' back for the next few years. He doesn't have the wear-and-tear many backs his age have so the risk isn't as prevalent.

Forsett will have a tougher matchup this week against the Chargers, which rank 15th in rushing defense at 108.8 yards per game. It's clear the Ravens will look to establish the run against San Diego, in part to keep Philip Rivers and the Chargers offense off the field.

"It's been great getting the opportunity to go out and show what I can do every week," Forsett said. "[I'm] just trying to get stronger every week as we're getting closer to the end of the season and these games [get] more important. [I'm] just trying to run with this opportunity."