Bears players of the week: Week Three

Posted Sept. 26, 2011 @ 5:02 a.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 27-17 loss to the Packers.

Offense: RB Matt Forté

Make no mistake — no member of Chicago's offense deserves accolades after its performance Sunday, but I'll choose the player who touched the ball most, not counting Jay Cutler. Forté was held to two yards on nine carries, as the Bears' offensive line failed to clear any lanes for him. He showed receiving prowess yet again, though, leading the team in catches with seven for 80 yards, including a 28-yard pickup on one play.

Defense: WLB Lance Briggs

Briggs led the Bears with 14 tackles (10 solo), two of which were for losses. He helped give the Bears a chance to get back into the game in the fourth quarter, forcing a fumble on a carry by RB James Starks on the play after Cutler threw his second interception of the day. The Packers challenged the ruling that DE Julius Peppers had recovered the fumble inbounds, but the play was upheld. TE Kellen Davis scored a 32-yard touchdown on the next play.

Special teams: PK Robbie Gould

Gould kept his perfect record on field goals this season intact, making a 25-yarder to bring the Bears within seven points of the Packers late in the second quarter. He also kept Green Bay from getting a chance to return a kickoff, booting all four of his kickoffs for touchbacks.