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Bears players of the week

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Dan Parr

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By Dan Parr

The Bears' offensive, defensive and special-teams players of the week in their 27-13 win over the Vikings in Week 10:

Offense: QB Jay Cutler

As is often the case with Jay Cutler, he mixed in some bad plays with his good ones on Sunday. He set the team back, throwing an interception that was picked off in the end zone on a 3rd-and-goal play late in the third quarter, but Cutler completed 10-of-15 passes on third downs, resulting in eight first downs and two TDs, and also ran 25 yards for a first down on the Bears' first possession of the game. In all, he connected with nine different receivers, completing 22-of-35 attempts for 237 yards three touchdowns and two interceptions.

Defense: Front seven

The entire front seven deserves collective recognition for holding Adrian Peterson to 51 yards on 17 carries. Peterson had nowhere to run, and Minnesota abandoned the ground game after falling behind by 14 in the fourth quarter. WLB Lance Briggs was among the standouts, making five tackles, including one for loss, and a diving interception in the fourth quarter. CB D.J. Moore and S Chris Harris also had a pick in the win.

Special teams: WR-RS Devin Hester

The Bears scaled back Devin Hester's role on offense against the Vikings — he had four catches and a touchdown in the game anyway — and put him back on the kickoff return team. He responded, returning two kickoffs for 100 yards and two punts for 47 yards. CB Corey Graham continued his strong special-teams play, too, making two tackles and downing a fourth-quarter punt at the Vikings' one-yard line.

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