It’s always a difficult task to pick a player to give the 4th Phase game ball to because football is the ultimate team game. After thinking about the Bears win over the Giants, my knee jerk reaction was to give the game ball to Brandon Marshall. Marshall, wearing his neon green cleats to raise awareness for National Mental Health week, scored 2 touchdowns and seemed to be in sync with Jay Cutler the entire game. He would have been the easy choice but this week’s game ball goes to Tim Jennings.
Jennings was playing without Peanut Tillman who was out with an injury, and suspect safety play from Major Wright and Chris Conte. He got the Bears on the scoreboard with a pick six in the first quarter after the offense sputtered in the red zone to start the game.
With the Bears up 27-21 late in the fourth quarter, Eli Manning lead the Giants down the field, threatening to take the lead, Jennings preserved the win by intercepting a Manning pass with 1:54 left in the game. The Bears can thank Jennings for starting and finishing the game.
Jennings has started the season where he left off last season, an interception machine. Jennings led the league in interceptions last season and is tied for second in the league with 3 pics. He leads the league in with two pick sixes and 108 interception return yards.