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Bears players of the week: Week Four

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Dan Parr

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By Dan Parr

PFW associate editor Dan Parr selects and offensive, defensive and special-teams player of the game for the Bears following their win over the Panthers.

Offense: RB Matt Forté

Forté, who had been held to two yards on nine carries one week earlier, ran wild Sunday, tying Walter Payton and Gale Sayers for the second-most rushing yards in a game in franchise history with 205. Forté had 25 carries and rushed for a 17-yard touchdown to give the Bears a 17-10 lead in the second quarter. He also made a team-high four catches, gaining another 23 yards.

Defense: CB D.J. Moore

It wasn't a good day for the defense, which allowed Carolina to gain 543 yards, but Moore's 20-yard interception return for a touchdown was one of the biggest plays of the day. A pass intended for Legedu Naanee was deflected and Moore was in position to catch the ball. He was untouched by Panthers defenders as he scampered into the endzone and put the Bears ahead, 10-3.

Special teams: RS Devin Hester

Hester, who already held the NFL record for most kicks returned for a touchdown, moved ahead of Eric Metcalf for sole possession of first place in punts returned for a TD Sunday. He returned Jason Baker's punt 69 yards for a score in the second quarter. It was the 11th punt return for a TD in his career. Hester also had a 73-yard kickoff return to set up a touchdown in Chicago's win.

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