Bears players of the week: Week Nine

Posted Nov. 08, 2011 @ 2:04 a.m.
Posted By Dan Parr

PFW associate editor Dan Parr selects an offensive, defensive and special-teams player of the week for the Bears following their Week Nine win over the Eagles.

Offense: QB Jay Cutler

Cutler had at least a couple of throws that could have been intercepted, but his receivers also dropped a few passes that should have been caught. Overall, it was a very good night for Cutler, who completed 18-of-32 passes for 208 yards. He didn't turn the ball over, and for only the second time in his Bears career he wasn't sacked. The offensive line gave him plenty of time to throw for much of the game, and he found ways to elude pass rushers when it didn't. Cutler threw five-yard touchdown passes to TE Matt Spaeth and WR Earl Bennett and completed all four of his passes during a crucial fourth-quarter drive that resulted in the go-ahead TD pass to Bennett. Nine different Bears players had at least one catch Monday night.

Defense: MLB Brian Urlacher

It truly takes a group effort to keep Michael Vick in check the way the Bears did, but Urlacher is the leader of the unit and he played like it. Urlacher made a team-high 11 tackles, 10 of which were solo stops. He had one tackle for loss and three other tackles came on plays where the Eagles gained one yard or less. He also broke up two passes.

Special teams: PK Robbie Gould

In a tight game, the Bears may not have won if Gould had missed one of his three field-goal attempts. He connected on kicks of 51, 38 and 22 yards and made both of his extra-point tries. Gould made a big error by kicking the ball out of bounds on his first kickoff of the night, giving Philadelphia excellent field position, but he was solid the rest of the night. Two of his kickoffs resulted in touchbacks, and Eagles RB-KR Dion Lewis was held to four returns for 93 yards (23.3 average).

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