Chicago Bears: Week 2 offensive, defensive, special teams and rookie MVPs

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Chicago Bears, Roquan Smith
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Chicago Bears Defensive MVP: Roquan Smith

Unlike last week, there were a handful of worthy candidates to win the defensive MVP. Robert Quinn possibly had his best game as a Bear, Khalil Mack recorded his first sack of the year, and Jaylon Johnson recorded the first interception of his young career and had four pass breakups.

Along with having several individual standouts, the Bears’ defense as a whole was great for most of the game, holding the Bengals’ offense to 17 points and forcing four total turnovers. It was difficult just one player to highlight, but there wasn’t a player who impacted the game in as many ways as Roquan Smith.

Roquan Smith was able to be a big difference-maker on the Bears defense

Smith showcased why he is one of the best linebackers in the league, finishing with an impressive stat line of eight tackles, one sack, and an interception returned for a touchdown. Smith’s versatility gives him a level of value that few defensive players can match.

Smith had success against the Bengals in coverage, run defense, and as a pass rusher. Smith is in line to get a massive payday this offseason, and this week’s game was a perfect example of why.