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Bears players of the week: Week 17

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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 17 win over the Vikings.

Offense: QB Josh McCown

The Bears' offense produced only 10 first downs, a touchdown and a field goal Sunday, and there were really no standouts. McCown had decent showing, though, completing 15-of-25 passes for 160 yards, one touchdown and an interception. He also rushed four times for 30 yards (7.5 average).

Defense: DE Israel Idonije

CB Charles Tillman made the play of the day for the Bears' defense, returning an interception 22 yards for a touchdown to give the Bears a 14-10 lead early in the second quarter, but Idonije was the most consistently disruptive Bears defender Sunday. He made five tackles, a sack, had two tackles for loss and two QB hits.

Special teams: P Adam Podlesh

Julius Peppers' block of Ryan Longwell's 48-yard field-goal attempt was a key, but it was because of Podlesh's punting that Minnesota's offense had to work with a long field so frequently. He punted seven times and they resulted in five fair catches, one touchback and one punt that was downed. Minnesota had zero return yards and was pinned at its own 25-yard line or deeper in its own territory on five of Podlesh's seven punts.

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