Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for October, which means Chicago's secondary still owns the honor in 2012. Tim Jennings took home the title for September by snatching the most interceptions of anyone in the league, and Tillman earned the honor for a string of very strong play punctuated by his Week 7 performance on Monday Night Football.
Tillman held Detroit Lions receiver Charles Johnson to a season-low three catches for 34 yards and he also forced two fumbles during that game -- Tillman won the Player of the Week award for those efforts, as well. Peanut started October by dominating Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys in Week 4 and taking home a breezy pick-six in the contest. He followed that with an interception and a touchdown in a win over the Jaguars.
Brad Biggs announced Tillman's award on Thursday morning, via Twitter:
#Bears CB Charles Tillman named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for October. Makes Bears CB's 2-for-2 after Tim Jennings in September.— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) November 1, 2012
The 31-year-old cornerback is having a terrific season in 2012. Through seven games he has recorded 34 tackles, forced three fumbles, caught two interceptions and scored two defensive touchdowns.
Entering Week 9, the Bears' defense is No. 2 in the league in total takeaways (24), tied for No. 1 in interceptions (16) and No. 2 in points allowed per game (14.3).