Every coach and player finds that the spotlight burns brighter in the playoffs, but these five Bears are among those who will be monitored closer than others against the Seahawks.
This week, Hub Arkush says RB Matt Forté surprised him more than any other Bears player in the regular season and he also shares his vote for Chicago's defensive MVP.
Putting pressure on quarterbacks is considered the key to the Bears' defense, and DE Julius Peppers' performance this season earned him the top spot on the MVP Meter.
The Bears' defense could be in for another rough day if Julius Peppers and Israel Idonije aren't more disruptive than they were against the Jets in Week 16.
WLB Lance Briggs, WR-RS Devin Hester, DE Julius Peppers and MLB Brian Urlacher will represent Chicago in the Pro Bowl.
The Bears' ability to put consistent pressure on quarterbacks has been the key to the team's success on "D" for much of the season, but the Jets were able to keep QB Mark Sanchez out of harm's way.
When a player is being paid as highly as Julius Peppers is, it's tough to make the case that he was worth the price on a day when he is credited with only one tackle.
RB Matt Forté returns to the Meter this week after rushing for more than 100 yards against one of the league's toughest run defenses.
An NFL insider praises Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli and head coach Lovie Smith for moving DE Julius Peppers to the weak side and the positive effect it has had on the rest of the team's defense.
Jets ORT Wayne Hunter could find himself lined up across from one of the league's best pass rushers in his fourth career start.
It wasn't one of his top performances of the season, but, like he's done virtually every week, Peppers made enough of a contribution to justify his salary against the Vikings.
MLB Brian Urlacher trails only one of his teammates in the race for MVP.
Jay Cutler's three touchdowns and Devin Hester's punt return for a TD helped the Bears clinch the NFC North with a win over the Vikings.
Here's another key matchup to keep an eye on when the Vikings take on the Bears in Week 15: Bears DE Julius Peppers vs. the Vikings' offensive line.
The Bears' secondary has received a large share of the blame for the breakdowns during the defense's horrendous first half against the Patriots in Week 14, but the pass rush wasn't as effective as it needed to be ...