It looks like the Bears are keeping the “NFC Defensive player of the Month” honor in the family this year. Charles Tillman made it two back-to-back months for Bears cornerbacks when he was deemed the NFC’s defensive player of the month for October – Tim Jennings won the award for the month of September. Congrats Peanut – you ball stripping animal you!
Tillman received the most praise after he shutdown Detroit Lions star wide receiver Calvin Johnson on Monday night football. Tillman was glued to Johnson’s side limiting him to three receptions for the 34 yards, a season LOW LOW for Johnson (just ask my fantasy team). He also forced two fumbles against the Lions.
Tillman has 38 tackles (sixth on the team), he has two interceptions, three pass breakups, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Last year was Peanut’s first appearance in the Pro Bowl, but I think we’re going to see a repeat here. He’s making quite the reputation for his magnet like hands in the NFL. He also ranks eighth on Mike Sando’s MVP watch at ESPN for this year – mind you there are only two defensive players on the MVP watch. Not too shabby! (Fun fact: The last defensive player to be named MVP was Lawrence Taylor of the New York Giants in 1986.)
The Bears are 6-1 (first in the NFC) as they head to Nashville to take on the Tennessee Titans this Sunday at noon. Keep it up Peanut!