One of the biggest reasons for the Bears’ great play and 4-0 record in the month of November was the play of defensive end Julius Peppers, showing why the Bears threw a huge free-agent contract at him.
For his efforts, Peppers was named NFC Defensive Player Of The Month. He recorded four sacks, tied for second in the entire league, and racked up 29 yards in losses for opponents in those sacks, leading the NFC and fourth in the league. He also had 13 tackles, a deflected pass that led to an interception, and had two other tackles for losses during November.
This is the third time Peppers has won this award; he also won it in November 2004 and October 2006. He becomes the first Bears player to win it in more than 20 years — the last was Trace Armstrong in September 1990. The only other Bears player to win this award since it began in 1986 was Wilber Marshall (December 1986).