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Bears rookie Tyrique Stevenson named NFC Defensive Player of the Week

Chicago’s rookie takes home the award!

NFL: Atlanta Falcons at Chicago Bears Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears rookie cornerback Tyrique Stevenson was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week after his outstanding performance against the Atlanta Falcons. In the game, he had five tackles, four passes defended, and two interceptions while allowing just two catches for 28 yards on six targets. That equated to a passer rating against of just 9.7.

Stevenson is the first Bears player to win this award since Eddie Jackson in 2018, and he’s the first Chicago rookie to win it since Jackson in 2017.

On the season, Stevenson has four interceptions (tied for the team lead), 79 tackles (fourth on the Bears), a forced fumble, a tackle for loss, and 15 passes defended, which not only leads Chicago but is sixth in the NFL.

After an up-and-down start to his rookie year, he’s settled in nicely and come into his own.

Green Bay’s Jordan Love took home week 17’s NFC Offensive Player of the Week after throwing 24 of 33 for 256 yards, with three passing touchdowns and a rushing TD, so the reigning players of the week will face off on Sunday.

One more note about Stevenson: his performance on Sunday also got him a hot bowl of porridge on this week’s Bear & Balanced, so be sure you check out our latest video or podcast version of the show.