OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Matt Forté / RB / Chicago Bears
With QB Todd Collins sputtering in his first start since the 2007 season, RB Matt Forté provided the offensive explosion the Bears badly needed. He achieved a career high, rushing for 166 yards — more rushing yards than he had in the previous four games combined — against a Panthers defense that allowed only 3.3 yards per carry through the first four games. Forté accounted for 188 of the team's 247 total net yards, and he helped put the game out of reach early, scoring on runs of 18 and 68 yards in the first quarter. He's just the fifth player since 1970 to have a TD catch of 85 yards or more — he had an 89-yarder in Week One — and a TD run of 65 yards or more in the same season.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Israel Idonije / DE / Chicago Bears
Bears observers were wondering when another defensive lineman would step up and make some big plays while Julius Peppers drew the attention of multiple blockers. Israel Idonije was up to the task in Week Five. He made three sacks and forced a fumble in Chicago's 23-6 win at Carolina. "It was exciting," said Idonije, who made four other tackles in addition to the sacks. "It was good to get in there and do what's expected of me." The seventh-year veteran had never made more than 1½ sacks in a game prior to Sunday, and he now has a career-high four sacks through five games. The Bears' pass rush is going to be difficult to contain if Idonije builds on that
SPECIAL-TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Stefan Logan / RS-WR / Detroit Lions
The Lions needed to get momentum back on their side after the Rams made the score 3-3 as the first quarter ended in Detroit. With his mom and dad, who is suffering from kidney failure, in the stands, KR Stefan Logan gave the Lions the spark they needed on the ensuing kickoff. Logan took Josh Brown's kick to start the second quarter all the way back for a touchdown, breaking one tackle on a 105-yard jaunt, which is tied for the sixth-longest kickoff return in NFL history. St. Louis never recovered in the 44-6 blowout. "I wanted to do it so bad because my parents were out here and I wanted to show off for my parents," Logan said. "My dad, he's sick so he can't just come up to a game every other week."