Bears players of the week: Week Two

Posted Sept. 19, 2011 @ 12:11 p.m.
Posted By Dan Parr

PFW associate editor Dan Parr selects and offensive, defensive and special-teams player of the game for the Bears, coming off their 30-13 loss to the Saints in Week Two.

Offense: RB Matt Forté

With the passing game going into its shell, Jay Cutler relied heavily on check-down passes to Forté, who led the team in rushing and receiving for the second week in a row. Forté was kept out of the endzone, but he rushed 10 times for 49 yards (4.9 avg.) and caught 10 passes for 117 yards (11.7 avg.). Seven of his carries came in the first quarter, however. Mike Martz pretty much abandoned the run even before the Bears fell way behind.

Defense: WLB Lance Briggs and LCB Tim Jennings

It was not a good day for the defense, which made only one sack and two QB hits, but Briggs and Jennings were productive, combining to make about a third of the Bears' tackles. Briggs had a team-high 11 stops, 10 of which were solo efforts. Jennings made nine tackles (seven solo) and two of them were for a loss. He also had one pass breakup.

Special teams: P Adam Podlesh

The Bears gave Podlesh plenty of work Sunday — he punted eight times — but he kept dangerous returner Darren Sproles in check. Podlesh dropped two punts inside the 20-yard line and didn't have any touchbacks. He showed good command, kicking the ball out of bounds on five of his eight punts. Sproles was held to two returns for only one yard and Podlesh finished with a net average of 43.6 yards.