Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers was named today by the NFL as the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Month.
As a free agent this spring, Peppers signed a six-year, $91 million ($42 million guaranteed) contract with the Bears. With the seasoned and talented defensive end on board, the Bears defense to-date leads the NFL in fewest rushing yards allowed (65) and lowest opponents’ passer rating (69.5).
In November, Peppers accomplished the following:
- Recorded four sacks (tying him for second in the NFL) and racked up 29 yards in losses for opponents in these sacks. These numbers made him the NFC leader and fourth in the league.
- 13 tackles plus two additional ones for losses
- Deflected a pass that led to an interception
This is the third time Peppers has received this honor. As a Carolina Panther, he won it in November 2004 and October 2006. However, it’s not a common award for the Bears.
The honor last went to defensive end Trace Armstrong in September 1990 and before that, linebacker Wilber Marshall is the only other Bears player to have won the award (December 1986).
In other award news, QB Jay Cutler was named by the NFL as the NFC Offensive Player of the Week. Cutler threw four touchdown passes and posted a career-high 146.2 passer rating from last Sunday’s 31-26 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
This is the third time Cutler has won a Conference Player of the Week honor.
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Written by Debbie Baratz