The NFL’s League office announced on Thursday that Chicago Bears’ cornerback Tim Jennings was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month after recording an NFL-high four interceptions to go along with 18 tackles, one tackle for a loss and six pass break ups, two of which led to interceptions by other Bears players.
Jennings has already established a career-high with his four interceptions. He has been a key component of a Bears’ defense that ranks first in the NFL in takeaways (14), red zone scoring efficiency (60.0, six scores in 10 opponent red zone trips) and Aikman Rating (90.1), second in third down percentage (26.1, 12 of 46) and fifth in the league in scoring defense (17.0 points per game).
This is Jennings’ first Player of the Month award and he is the second Bears defensive player to be honored in the last three months of the award after DE Julius Peppers was honored in November of 2011. He is the third Bears player honored overall in the last four months after Devin Hester was named Special Teams Player of the Month in October of 2011.
Additional season notes:
- Recorded 4 tackles and 2 INTs for 28 yards vs. IND (9/9)
- Tallied 5 tackles and 1 INT for 29 yards @ GB (9/13)
- Made 3 tackles and had 1 INT and 3 PBUs vs. STL (9/23)
- Credited with 5 tackles @ DAL (10/1)