Chicago Bears defensive back Eddie Jackson has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week in recognition of his clutch performance in the Week 12 divisional win at the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day.
Jackson recorded three tackles, two passes defensed and, with the game tied at 16, a game-winning 41-yard interception return for a touchdown off Matthew Stafford with 6 minutes remaining to give the Bears (8-3) their eighth win of the season and fifth in a row.
Jackson has five defensive touchdowns in his career, the most by any defensive player since the start of last season, and tying for the most all-time by any player in his first two NFL seasons. He matches Erik McMillan’s five TDs from 1988-89 with the New York Jets.
The weekly honor is the second of Jackson’s career after winning defensive honors in Week 7 last season. Jackson’s honor also marks the fourth overall for the Bears this season and the third in row after quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and kicker Cody Parkey were named NFC Offensive and Special Teams players of the week, respectively, in Weeks 11 and 12.
The last team to win the weekly award in three consecutive weeks was the Steelers from Weeks 12-14 last season. The last Bears trio to accomplish the feat was Devin Hester (Special Teams, Week 10), Julius Peppers (Defensive, Week 10) and Jay Cutler (Offensive, Week 10) in 2010.