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Stopping Megatron earns Charles Tillman player of the week award

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Bears cornerback Charles Tillman had as good a game as any NFL player has had all season on Monday night, so there’s no doubt that he deserved the NFC defensive player of the week award.

Tillman, who shut down Lions receiver Calvin Johnson to the tune of just three catches for 34 yards, is having an outstanding season. He had interception returns for touchdowns in two consecutive games heading into Monday night, and he’s the biggest reason that the Bears’ great defense has led them to a 5-1 record.

In addition to holding Johnson in check on Monday night, Tillman also forced Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew to fumble twice.

This is the second time this month that Tillman has been player of the week; he also got the award following the Bears’ 41-3 win over the Jaguars. So Tillman looks like a lock to win the defensive player of the month award.

And he may just be the defensive player of the year.

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  1. jjb0811 says: Oct 24, 2012 11:13 AM

    Can we stop w/nicknames until a player produces year in & year out. I know I’ll get plenty of thumbs down for this & people will say ‘it’s the lions or its the QB situation’. Whatever. If you’re the best WR (in this case) of your generation, you don’t go 6 weeks w/o a TD.

  2. joetoronto says: Oct 24, 2012 11:14 AM

    That was a hell of a job he did, no doubt about it.

  3. flakeybiscuits says: Oct 24, 2012 11:14 AM

    Ive barely watched this guy play so far this year, but from the few times I did, he looked on fire. Hope he keeps it up

  4. bahoto34 says: Oct 24, 2012 11:15 AM

    Tillman has been an absolute beast for years. Great to see him finally get some notoriety. Lost in all this is Lance Briggs who is having an all pro season as well. Bears D is just fun to watch right now. Ya know, if ya like 9-6 type of games.

  5. lisabearsfan says: Oct 24, 2012 11:15 AM

    Love it!!! Tillman is a stud!

  6. Rex Grossman says: Oct 24, 2012 11:16 AM

    Peanut for NFL MVP!

  7. larryboodry says: Oct 24, 2012 11:17 AM

    Well-deserved award for Peanut.

  8. kabasaman says: Oct 24, 2012 11:19 AM

    Way to go Peanut..

  9. isphet71 says: Oct 24, 2012 11:19 AM

    Awful lot of players of the week after playing the Lions this year :(

  10. criz62 says: Oct 24, 2012 11:20 AM

    JJ Watt is going to be defensive player of the year

  11. takethetopofdefence says: Oct 24, 2012 11:20 AM

    And also cost me a fantasy Win

  12. romoscollarbone says: Oct 24, 2012 11:20 AM

    This guy is beastin’ lately. He put on a clinic against Calvin. Cornerback is that one position, that if you can just keep your legs long enough you pick up so much technique that you can control that side of the field. A la Woodson a couple years ago. It also doesn’t hurt that Tillman hits like a tank.

  13. skeebo80 says: Oct 24, 2012 11:21 AM

    This Bears team looks a lot like the 49ers but with a better QB. More people should be talking about them than the Packers.

  14. stevincinci says: Oct 24, 2012 11:23 AM

    I agree JJBO. I passed on AJ Green to take Calvin in fantasy. That hasn’t worked out to well for me yet. I’ll still keep starting him though. He’s due to break out soon.

  15. noeffinway says: Oct 24, 2012 11:27 AM

    He should share the award with Linehan and Stafford…..they helped shut Calvin down too.

  16. faultylogic29 says: Oct 24, 2012 11:29 AM

    @skeebo80

    I can see where you’re coming from, but don’t forget, the Packers dominated the Bears in week 2.

  17. Rex Grossman says: Oct 24, 2012 11:33 AM

    @jjbo811

    Then Charles Tillman should be referred to as PEANUT! Second best CB in Bears history after Leslie Frazier. Been doing it since 2003!

  18. lrt79 says: Oct 24, 2012 11:35 AM

    I wouldn’t say the Packers dominated the Bears. The Bears defense held Rodgers to 16 points and the offense scored 10. It was a Cutler implosion (pretty much par for the course while he’s playing in Green Bay) that lost the game that week. Had he not thrown a pick six while the Bears were driving down the field the score easily could have been 17-16 Bears.

    But yes, the Defensive MVP race seems to be coming down at this point, between JJ Watt and Charles Tillman.

  19. maddenisfordorks says: Oct 24, 2012 11:37 AM

    Props to Tillman …

    But please alert the media …. This is a sport for grown men. Lets stop nick naming people after cartoon characters.

  20. bla bla bla says: Oct 24, 2012 11:40 AM

    The Bears have beaten 5 teams that are under 500, and lost to the only team they’ve played that has a winning record. The Packers have already played the tough part of their schedule (minus the Giants) and now they get to play the teams the Bears have beaten.

    The Packers will win the division.

  21. calhounlambeau says: Oct 24, 2012 11:40 AM

    To all these people hyping the Bears, the Packers have already beaten them this year…I know the Bears are playing well but this hype is absurd.

  22. rea1talk says: Oct 24, 2012 11:40 AM

    stopping megatron??? him and two other safeties? do they get player of the week too?

    oh and the lions Offensive coordinator? does he get defensive player of the week?

    lol tilman is a great cornerback but he did not stop Megatron.

  23. freebird2011 says: Oct 24, 2012 11:42 AM

    Tillman did an excellent job of grabbing Calvin Johnson’s jersey on the very first Lions play from scrimmage, but he got away with it. So be it.

    Tillman also had plenty of safety help over the top.

    Nonetheless, he was deserving of the award.

  24. bluestree says: Oct 24, 2012 11:44 AM

    Meh, good job by Tillman, but between the drops and not getting the ball put on him when he got open, the Lions should share a peice of this award.
    The Bears Oline is what it is. They will get rolled down the stretch once again.

  25. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 24, 2012 11:45 AM

    skeebo80 says: Oct 24, 2012 11:21 AM

    “This Bears team looks a lot like the 49ers but with a better QB. More people should be talking about them than the Packers.”

    I think they will be talked about more if they ever manage to beat them again. It’s been over 2 years since the Bears beat the Packers.

  26. jeffsnow7 says: Oct 24, 2012 11:48 AM

    Lets get this straight. Tillman did not stop Calvin Johnson. He was made two plays on him all night, one in the first qtr on a five yard route when he was rolled up with safety help. and the other was a nice play on a back shoulder fade in the end zone. I don’t see how you make player of the week for making one play. Dislike if you want but peanut knows that he had Chris Conte 20 yards deep all night for help.

    Yes I am a Lions fan

  27. sadisticandroid says: Oct 24, 2012 11:53 AM

    @faultylogic29 Dominating is scoring one touchdown on special teams? Really?

  28. toonsterwu says: Oct 24, 2012 11:58 AM

    Tillman’s long been under-rated. The perception has been that he’s been a Cover-2 corner (thus not great in man), but the reality is, the Bears have given him a lot of leeway. The Bears get that Tampa-2 label put on their defense, when in actuality, they’ve mixed in a lot of coverage looks over the years. Remember when Ron Rivera was DC? Part of the reason he went out was because Lovie wanted someone who utilized the Tampa-2 as the base (of course, that led to the Babich as DC era … not the best). Rod Marinelli certainly isn’t throwing a 2-deep shell out there every single play (and the job Marinelli does as DC is under-rated). Heck, I tend to think that Peanut was a better corner 3-4 years ago, when he was a bit faster, but he’s a far smarter corner now.

    The front 7 in Chicago often over-shadows the DB’s in the Bear defense, because of the personnel and scheme, but without Tillman anchoring things at one CB spot over the past decade, they wouldn’t have been nearly as good. It’s a key reason why, when people discuss the Bears defense core, it’s Urlacher, Peppers, Briggs, and Tillman (plus, now, maybe an emerging Melton).

  29. jrock3x8 says: Oct 24, 2012 11:59 AM

    I followed the career of Peanut Tillman since he came to Chicago and early on, you wondered if he was going to make it. He played really soft coverage but he was always a sure tackler.

    Then all of a sudden he becomes an absolute artist at stripping the ball. I remember he got Green Bay twice in their building maybe 5 years ago.

    Then he went through a couple years battling injuries, mostly with his shoulder.

    To see him now performing at the level he is at the age he is after what he’s been through is as gratifying for a fan as it must be for him.

    Interesting side note : Before the season, Coach Ditka and former Bear Tom Waddle got in a shouting match at a casino over Peanut with Ditka saying he’s done and Waddle defending him. Waddle looks pretty good on that now.

  30. larryboodry says: Oct 24, 2012 12:01 PM

    faultylogic29 says: Oct 24, 2012 11:29 AM

    “@skeebo80

    I can see where you’re coming from, but don’t forget, the Packers dominated the Bears in week 2.”

    Revenge is a dish best served cold…Like on the Soldier Field tundra in December.

  31. bearsfanohio says: Oct 24, 2012 12:11 PM

    @ bla bla bla

    You mean like the Colts? Oh yeah, you lost to the Colts.

  32. mvp43 says: Oct 24, 2012 12:15 PM

    Tillman deserves credit for sure, but bottom line is that the Lions are really screwed up on both sides of the ball. 13-7 ?

    Both teams will need to score more points to beat the Packers.

  33. conormacleod says: Oct 24, 2012 12:43 PM

    While I was watching that game I kept asking myself why Johnson wasn’t getting the ball? Tillman is that good? Or, did the Lions play scared? How do you not give Johnson more jump throws near the goal line? Maybe Johnson isn’t as good as we all thought. Sure, he’s good, and he’s big. But is he Larry Firzgerald good? Ever since the Vikings hit him hard he seems tentative in a crowd. And zero TD’s? Top WR’s don’t go half a season without a TD, even if they’re triple teamed. The Bears covered him 1 on 1 at the goal line at least 6 times and the Lion threw the lob ONCE! Ridiculous. Is Tillman going to stop that pass every time? He stops it once, come right back to it!

  34. bla bla bla says: Oct 24, 2012 12:47 PM

    @bearsfanohio

    Yeah, that was awful; and the Packers will still win the division.

  35. rmc1995 says: Oct 24, 2012 12:49 PM

    One of his “great plays” was blatant illegal contact on a deep pass where he put a forearm about 15 yards down field to slow down Megatron on a deep pass. Also, falling down and getting his feet tangle up with Megatron to cut him off of a deep route was also a “great play.” He did make a great play in the endzone. Everything else was two safety deep help and linebackers taking away slant patterns. The defensive line won that game for the Bears, not Tillman. They had Stafford hurried and making poor decisions, and stopped the run when they had to.

  36. CKL says: Oct 24, 2012 12:51 PM

    I really enjoyed watching the Bears defense Monday night. Tillman was fantastic and the whole team tackled really well. It was like watching their D in 05-06. I love it (and at least appreciate it even when it’s against my team)anytime I can see a dominating defensive performance these days as they are rare (thanks Polian, etc).

  37. jdawg111 says: Oct 24, 2012 12:55 PM

    Peanut has been one of the most underrated and unheralded CB’s in football for a number of years. Its good to see him finally get the recognition he deserves.

    Not sure how he does it, but I have never seen a guy cause more fumbles and consistently like this guy can. It’s an true art that he has perfected. He seems to always get the perfect shot on the ball to knock it loose.

  38. tucostacos says: Oct 24, 2012 12:58 PM

    bla bla bla says:
    Oct 24, 2012 11:40 AM

    The Bears have beaten 5 teams that are under 500, and lost to the only team they’ve played that has a winning record. The Packers have already played the tough part of their schedule (minus the Giants) and now they get to play the teams the Bears have beaten.

    ______________________________

    Oh, like the Colts? Next time think before you type…

  39. ajlafrance says: Oct 24, 2012 1:00 PM

    Megatron is a victim of the Madden Curse. Dude hasn’t gotten a touchdown catch yet this season. Stafford has regressed BIG time. The whole team has. Even when Stafford is on target, wide outs and tight ends alike can’t seem to hold on to the ball. Then you get rookie running backs that fumble incessantly. And don’t even get me started on the special ed teams. I always thought the media was annoying when they said the Lions are undisciplined, but it’s the truth. They are. And I bleed Honolulu Blue!!!

    Tillman played good, but the Lions handed the game to the Bears. All things considered, considering all the crappy turnovers, it should be considered a disappointment that the Bears didn’t score more points than they did.

    Having said that, much props to Jay Cutler for returning to the game after getting absolutely destroyed by Suh. I gained a lot of respect for him after that.

    I also noticed that after the play, Suh was right in there trying to make sure Cutler was alright and shook Cutler’s hand after he walked off the field. Suh is a lot classier than people give him credit for.

  40. larryboodry says: Oct 24, 2012 1:00 PM

    bla bla bla says: Oct 24, 2012 12:47 PM

    “Yeah, that was awful; and the Packers will still win the division.”

    Maybe, but this year you’ll have to earn it…Vikes are playing well, Bears are better than our week two loss indicated…Whoever wins will deserve it, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see two NFC North teams make the playoffs.

  41. Frazier28/7 says: Oct 24, 2012 1:03 PM

    MegaTron should change his nickname to MegaNon as he’s getting handled by rookie saftey’s and short defensive backs. Lions offense needs a kick start somewhere. Schwartz is a joke.

  42. beefbus says: Oct 24, 2012 1:04 PM

    “Tillman has been an absolute beast for years. Great to see him finally get some notoriety. Lost in all this is Lance Briggs who is having an all pro season as well. Bears D is just fun to watch right now. Ya know, if ya like 9-6 type of games.”

    They’ve averaged 27 points a game this year. Game flow, Cutler’s injury, and a dominate D dictated a conservative offensive game.

  43. nopuntintended says: Oct 24, 2012 1:16 PM

    @jbo811

    wait, wait, wait…. is your post saying that megatron shouldn’t be called as such, because he’s not producing touchdowns at his normal rate this year?

    you do understand in 3 of the 4 previous years, he’s scored double digit touchdowns. how many years does he have to score 12 or 16 to earn a nickname from you?

    rough years happen, man, and there’s lots of year left for him to get his TD numbers to “respectable” levels

    ps: although it’s not much he does have 1 TD this year. i understand that’s well behind his “accustomed” pace, but it’s counter to your suggestion that he has been held without.

  44. dino2997 says: Oct 24, 2012 1:39 PM

    mvp43 says:
    Oct 24, 2012 12:15 PM
    Tillman deserves credit for sure, but bottom line is that the Lions are really screwed up on both sides of the ball. 13-7 ?

    Both teams will need to score more points to beat the Packers.

    ————————————————-

    If the final score of the game had been 27 – 21 would that have been more appealing to you?

    Personally I saw a game where the Bears were pitching a shutout and winning by 13 points with a minute left until a garbage time TD was scored. Much more impressive.

  45. bla bla bla says: Oct 24, 2012 1:40 PM

    @larryboodry

    There might even be 3 teams out of this division in the playoffs. I don’t know where the Vikings came from, but they might just be for real (I haven’t followed them closely enough to say either way).

  46. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 24, 2012 1:54 PM

    larryboodry says: Oct 24, 2012 12:01 PM

    “Revenge is a dish best served cold…Like on the Soldier Field tundra in December.”

    The Bears choked against the Packers at Soldier Field in the NFCCG, and haven’t beaten the Packers there since. They haven’t beaten them in over 2 years now.

    Soldier Field has become the home away from home for the Packers.

  47. tokyomanblastersmom says: Oct 24, 2012 1:54 PM

    I still remember Peanut’s rookie year — when in the final game of the season, Vikes needed a win to get in the playoffs.

    Culpepper to Moss in the endzone to win the game – but there’s Tillman to rip the ball away from Moss’s arms for the interception, the game, and denying Minny a seat in the playoffs.

    Such a thing of beauty…been a fan ever since.

    Glad he’s getting the recognition he deserves now.

    Great guy outside of football, too.

  48. justrunit11 says: Oct 24, 2012 2:01 PM

    Megatron got owned by Optimus Prime!!

  49. philtration says: Oct 24, 2012 2:07 PM

    Johnson plays the Bears twice a year (10 games so far) and he has had two 100 + yard games against them.
    He has also had games of 44, 16, 45, 66 and 34 yards so they have done well against him during his career.
    Tillman has been an outstanding player for years but he gets overshadowed in the national media because the Bears have names like Urlacher, Briggs and Peppers on the field and he does not run his mouth or seek attention.
    He just plays the game.
    Only 4 players in NFL history have had at least 30 forced fumbles and 30 INTs and Tillman is one of them so anyone that says that he is overrated is clueless.

  50. cmdrsmooth says: Oct 24, 2012 2:11 PM

    Megatron dropped some big passes. This is a joke.

  51. jhumbe says: Oct 24, 2012 2:14 PM

    Note to Packer fans puffing their chests about win over Bears:

    1. Don’t forget in 2010, the Packers went on the road and lost to the Bears before evening the score and eventually winning the SB… karma?

    2. You don’t win the division by playing inconsistent football. Great wins against Houston and Chicago… Bad losses at Seattle and Indy. Also could’ve easily lost to Saints at home if they didn’t miss a FG after first make was penalized.

    3. Bears will even the score in their house

  52. larryboodry says: Oct 24, 2012 2:15 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 24, 2012 1:54 PM

    larryboodry says: Oct 24, 2012 12:01 PM

    “Revenge is a dish best served cold…Like on the Soldier Field tundra in December.”

    The Bears choked against the Packers at Soldier Field in the NFCCG, and haven’t beaten the Packers there since. They haven’t beaten them in over 2 years now.

    Soldier Field has become the home away from home for the Packers.
    ——————————
    Time for that to change, I’m thinkin’…Go Bears!

  53. peaceknuckle says: Oct 24, 2012 2:25 PM

    “stopping megatron??? him and two other safeties? do they get player of the week too? ”

    It’s funny, I don’t remember seeing any safeties helping Tillman when the Lions were near the goal line, yet Megatron still got shut out of the end zone, despite having a one on one matchup.

  54. drinkdabeers says: Oct 24, 2012 2:25 PM

    Optimus Peanut Prime Tillman. Well deserved, underrated for years.

    Glad I’ve had the pleasure of watching you play for my Bears.

    Bear Down!!!

  55. judsonjr says: Oct 24, 2012 2:32 PM

    I am a Packer fan and Tillman is surely underrated.

    Really you can make a case that if he gets to 40 FF and 40 INT, that there needs to be HOF consideration as a CB. There aren’t really many CBs that fit that bill. What’s more impressive is that it seems like a lot of his FF come from WR/RB/TE and are not the easy pickens that happen from a blind side CB blitz.

    C. Woodson has 55 INT and 29FF. R. Woodson has 20 FF and 71 INT.

    Once you go from there things get really sparse as far as forcing fumbles. Nate Clements has 23 FF ( 35 INT), and Dre Bly had 20 FF (43 INT).

  56. tsizzlehotpiss says: Oct 24, 2012 2:40 PM

    Tillman did a good job stopping Megatron half of the time. The other half of the time, Megatron did a good job stopping himself by dropping the football repeatedly.

  57. larryboodry says: Oct 24, 2012 2:53 PM

    tsizzlehotpiss says: Oct 24, 2012 2:40 PM

    “Tillman did a good job stopping Megatron half of the time. The other half of the time, Megatron did a good job stopping himself by dropping the football repeatedly.”

    Not repeatedly, once.

  58. lionsdraftguy says: Oct 24, 2012 3:02 PM

    Good job to Tillman, but if Linehan would quit getting out schemed and out coached every week, Megetron would probably embarrass every CB. Im thinking its more the defense than strictly Tillman that was responsible for Calvins lack of numbers. So im glad you Bears fans are happy.

  59. foofeiter says: Oct 24, 2012 3:27 PM

    The way Johnson has been playing this year, I don’t think it takes a Herculean effort to stop him.

    That being said, Tillman is the best I’ve seen in a long time at stripping the ball.

  60. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 24, 2012 3:37 PM

    jhumbe says: Oct 24, 2012 2:14 PM

    “3. Bears will even the score in their house.”

    How? By reversing 2 years of history and winning one regular season game?

    Will that “even the score” after the Packers won the Halas Trophy there?

    I don’t think the Bears can ever even the score, unless they win a NFCCG against the Packers.

  61. hyzers says: Oct 24, 2012 3:43 PM

    Tillman is so good it’s almost as if there weren’t two safeties sitting 20 yards off the ball every single play.

    And that lob down the sideline where Tillman slowed down and fell in front of Megatron?! That’s a Hall of Fame play if I ever saw one!

  62. higgy5353 says: Oct 24, 2012 5:03 PM

    Tillman didn’t stop Megatron the Lions coaches did, oh wait no Tillman had help from the safety’s blah blah blah. Face it Lion fans Tillman SHUT DOWN Johnson, the Bears Defense shut down your weak overrated QB, and you lost.

  63. tecmobowl34 says: Oct 24, 2012 5:05 PM

    Wow, lots of butthurt lions fans and skeered packers fans here…signs that Bears are doing something right.

  64. wolfmanpatriot says: Oct 24, 2012 5:35 PM

    I always thought the media was annoying when they said the Lions are undisciplined, but it’s the truth. They are. And I bleed Honolulu Blue!!!
    ——————-
    Honolulu Blue!!! I like that description.

    ===========================

    judsonjr says: Oct 24, 2012 2:32 PM

    I am a Packer fan and Tillman is surely underrated.
    ————————————–
    Really you can make a case that if he gets to 40 FF and 40 INT, that there needs to be HOF consideration as a CB. There aren’t really many CBs that fit that bill. What’s more impressive is that it seems like a lot of his FF come from WR/RB/TE and are not the easy pickens that happen from a blind side CB blitz.
    =========================

    He said UNDERrated, no overrated.

  65. chi01town says: Oct 24, 2012 5:53 PM

    the packers fans are more mad that
    the BEARS beat the Lions than the Lions fans. BUT all of them need to get use to it. Its Chicago’s turn

  66. larryboodry says: Oct 24, 2012 6:31 PM

    lionsdraftguy says: Oct 24, 2012 3:02 PM

    “Good job to Tillman, but if Linehan would quit getting out schemed and out coached every week, Megetron would probably embarrass every CB. Im thinking its more the defense than strictly Tillman that was responsible for Calvins lack of numbers. So im glad you Bears fans are happy.”

    Speaking for myself, I’m thrilled, and obviously glad Cutler only missed one play after such a big hit by Suh…Showed his toughness, and even non-Bears fans are admitting to a new respect for him after that.

    But not all of them…I can’t believe this one:

    “So Cutler got hit by a tougher guy, layed there like a sissy, and now Marshall wants to act on it. HAHAHA.

    Good hit Suh! Take that girl down.”

    So much for opposing fans talking football instead of trash, huh?

    (And btw, Cutler did not ‘lay there like a sissy,’ he landed on the ball, bruised his ribs, and had the wind knocked out of him. Came back and finished off the win…Sorry if that makes you bitter.)

  67. 19lions57 says: Oct 24, 2012 7:19 PM

    The Bears are a good team, but come on Bears fan. Are you going to rely on multiple turnovers to win every game this season. The Lions, Colts, and Cowboys gave it up 4 plus times and then u beat the hapless Jags. That offensive line is going to get Cutler killed, they have to play GB, SF, Houston, Sea, Det, Ari, and Minn twice (all have good pass rushes). We will see what their record looks like in a month or two before we crown them nfc north champs.

  68. imsmarterthanyou says: Oct 25, 2012 1:56 AM

    I may be late to the conversation, but some of the hate deserves my attention. A question was raised…”are you going to rely on multiple turnovers to win every game this season?” Seriously? No, the Bears would rather not force any turnovers. 21 sacks. 21 turnovers. 13 pts/gm allowed. #2 against the run…throw it then, right? 14 interceptions. #6 overall in yards allowed (worthless ranking in my opinion). 5 defensive td’s scored. 6 td’s allowed…in six games.

    Megatron was targeted 12 times and had 3 catches. Peanut must have done a terrible job. 99.999% of cornerbacks would have lost that battle in the endzone. Tillman had 7 tackles, two forced fumbles (in a span of three plays, on a player not named Calvin Johnson, that both unfortunately went out of bounds) and he helped shut down Tron…sad Lions fans will look for excuses.

    It is six games into a 16 game season. A bit early to crown teams, etc. With that being said…The Bears have won 4 in a row and are playing a level of defense that hasn’t been seen in over a decade. When the Bears are playing defense like this…all is right in the NFL. Respect it.

    Go Bears.

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