Bears players of the week: Week One

Posted Sept. 12, 2011 @ 12:14 p.m.
Posted By Dan Parr

PFW associate editor Dan Parr selects an offensive, defensive and special-teams player of the game for the Bears, coming off their 30-12 win over the Falcons in Week One.

Offense: QB Jay Cutler

In his first game of consequence since the NFC championship loss, and subsequent criticism, Cutler was on point, completing 22-of-32 passes for 312 yards and two touchdowns. He did throw a pick, and would have had a third touchdown if he didn't overthrow TE Kellen Davis, who was wide open, on one play. He wasn't flawless, but Cutler completed passes to eight different receivers and gets the nod over RB Matt Forté (158 all-purpose yards, TD).

Defense: MLB Brian Urlacher

Against a Falcons offense that was supposed to be much more explosive this season, Urlacher and the Bears' defense held Atlanta to two field goals — the team's only other score was an interception return by DE Kroy Biermann. Urlacher led the Bears with 10 tackles, including one for loss. He also had an interception and returned a fumble 12 yards for a TD, which gave Chicago a 30-6 lead. The defensive line helped him along the way — DT Henry Melton in particular. Melton had two sacks and five additional QB hits in his first career start.

Special teams: PK Robbie Gould

Gould boomed 5-of-7 kickoffs for touchbacks and the Falcons' dynamic returner, Eric Weems, was held to two kickoff returns for only 33 yards (16.5 avg.). Gould also made all three of his field-goal attempts, connecting on kicks of 41, 23 and 26 yards.

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