Bears players of the week: Week 15

Posted Dec. 19, 2011 @ 5:30 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 15 loss to the Seahawks.

Offense: RB Kahlil Bell

Marion Barber started at running back Sunday, but Bell replaced him as the featured back during the game and led the team with 15 carries for 65 yards (4.3 average). He also was Chicago's leading receiver, making five grabs for 43 yards (8.6 average) and scoring the Bears' lone offensive TD of the game on a 25-yard catch in the second quarter.

Defense: DE Julius Peppers

Peppers made the play of the game for Chicago's defense, forcing a fumble when the game was still close. He knocked the ball away from Seahawks QB Tarvaris Jackson in the endzone late in the first quarter, and DE Israel Idonije fell on the loose ball, resulting in a Bears touchdown. The extra point tied the game at seven.

Special teams: P Adam Podlesh

Podlesh wasn't nearly as busy as he was the previous week, when he punted 11 times. He was asked to punt only six times Sunday. He wasn't booming his punts — he averaged 39.7 yards with a net of 32.3 — Sunday, but he got the job done on a fairly nondescript day for the Bears on special teams. One of his punts pinned the Seahawks at their own four-yard line, thanks to some help from special-teams ace Corey Graham, who downed the first-quarter punt. Podlesh also was credited with a tackle for pushing RS Leon Washington out of bounds after a 36-yard return of one of his punts.

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