Bears players of the week: Week 14

Posted Dec. 12, 2011 @ 10:50 a.m.
Posted By Dan Parr

Associate editor Dan Parr selects an offensive, defensive and special-teams player of the week for the Bears following their Week 14 loss to the Broncos.

Offense: P Adam Podlesh

Couldn't bring myself to give it to the only viable skill-position player — RB Marion Barber — because of the costly errors he made late in the game, so Podlesh gets the nod by default. Yes, he's technically a special-teams player, but he was by far the best Bears player to take a snap Sunday and he helped the offense and defense in the field position battle. Podlesh had 11 punts for 526 yards (47.8 average, 39.4 net). He pinned the Broncos inside their own 20-yard line four times.

Defense: DE Julius Peppers

It looked like Peppers had single-handedly saved the Bears' season before the late collapse. He was credited with blocking a 28-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter that could have put Denver up 3-0 in a game where the Bears led 10-7 until the final seconds. Peppers also consistently won battles up front and recorded one of Chicago's five sacks.

Special teams: PK Robbie Gould

Gould made his only field-goal attempt, connecting on a 57-yarder, which set a franchise record for longest field goal made and gave the Bears a 10-0 lead early in the fourth quarter. He showed off his leg strength in the thin Denver air on kickoffs, too — all three of his kickoffs resulted in touchbacks.

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