Bears players of the week: Week 10

Posted Nov. 14, 2011 @ 1:02 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 10 win over the Lions.

Offense: RB Matt Forté

The Bears' offense didn't have to do much in the second half with the defense and special teams scoring points. Jay Cutler made some really nice throws in the first half, but Forté accounted for Chicago's only offensive touchdown of the game, rushing six yards for the score to put the Bears on the board first with 10:29 left in the opening quarter. Forté had a 40-yard run in the second half and finished the game with 18 carries for 64 yards (3.6 average).

Defense: CB Charles Tillman

Matthew Stafford targeted Calvin Johnson 19 times Sunday, but he had seven catches for 81 yards (11.6 average) and didn't score a touchdown, which is a fairly pedestrian day by his standards. Much of the credit goes to Tillman, who was matched up one-on-one with Johnson at times, for keeping him in check. Tillman made five tackles, broke up a game-high three passes and had a 44-yard interception return for a TD, giving the Bears a 34-6 lead in the third quarter.

Special teams: WR-RS Devin Hester

Hester was battling an illness (believed to be strep throat) and eventually left the game, but not before he returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown to give Chicago a 20-0 lead early in the second quarter. Hester also had punt returns of 29 and 35 yards, although the 35-yarder was brought back because of a holding call on CB Zack Bowman. Hester finished with three punt returns for 122 yards (40.7 average).

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