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PFW associate editor Dan Parr presents a running meter that indicates the Bears' top MVP candidates through their most recent game:
(Last week's ranking in parentheses)
1. DE Julius Peppers (1): Peppers ended his sack streak at four games Monday night, but he made a big play, intercepting Brett Favre on a pass that was deflected by DE Henry Melton. His pick set up Robbie Gould's 29-yard field goal, which started the Bears' 27-0 run. He holds a slight edge over Brian Urlacher for the team's MVP with two games to play.
2. MLB Brian Urlacher (2): He led the Bears in tackles for the fourth-straight game Monday, making eight stops. Team observers have had a hard time choosing who is more valuable between Urlacher and Peppers, and it doesn't look like either player is going to get much separation from the other before the season is over. Urlacher is tied for 13th in the league in tackles (112).
3. QB Jay Cutler (3): When someone asks why the Bears were willing to part with so much to acquire Cutler before last season, put on the tape from Monday night. He tossed an interception, and made a few other attempts that could have been picked, but he also made some throws that few other quarterbacks could replicate. He had three TD passes, helping the Bears clinch a division title in his second year with Chicago.
4. WR-RS Devin Hester (4): Hester was at his best Monday. He contributed on offense and special teams when the game was still actually somewhat competitive. The fifth-year veteran scored on a 15-yard TD pass to give Chicago a 10-point lead and returned a punt 64 yards for a TD in the third quarter, pushing the lead to 20 and setting a new league record in kick returns for TDs (14). He had a 79-yard kickoff return, too.
5. DE Israel Idonije (5): In his first year as a full-time starter, Idonije doesn't appear to be wearing down as we move into the final games of the regular season. He's tied for the team lead in sacks after making his eighth of the season against Minnesota.