As soon as Eddie Jackson broke in on that fourth-quarter Matthew Stafford pass that he would go on to return for a game-winning pick-six, I began envisioning how I would craft this post:
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) November 28, 2018
Chicago Bears safety Eddie Jackson was a slam-dunk candidate for the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Week award the moment he scored the game-winning touchdown against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving, so winning the award for his Week 12 performance is something of a no-brainer.
This is the second time Jackson has earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors in his career, with the first coming last season for his efforts in a win against the Carolina Panthers. Fast forward a year and we’re looking at a defensive back who should start to garner some serious consideration for the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year award … if he hasn’t already.
Jackson is the second Bears defender to win the award this week and one of four Chicago standouts to win a Player of the Week award in a season that is growing more magical with each passing game. The Bears are inching toward their first winning season since 2012 and first playoff appearance since 2010, thanks largely in part to the influx of young, play-making talent – led by a turnover-crazed secondary led by Jackson.
And check this out: A Bears player has won an award now in three consecutive weeks with Jackson following kicker Cody Parkey (NFC Special Teams Player of the Week in Week 12) and quarterback Mitch Trubisky (NFC Offensive Player of the Week in Week 11). And if you’ll recall, linebacker Danny Trevathan won the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Week honors in Week 2.
So who’s got next?