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

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Chicago Bears, Pat O'Donnell
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Chicago Bears Special Teams MVP: Pat O’Donnell 

The Bears special teams unit wasn’t given many opportunities to make an impact on the game. Darnell Mooney had the team’s only kick or punt return for 10 yards, and Cairo Santos didn’t have a field goal attempt for any longer than 28 yards. Veteran punter Pat O’Donnell seemed to be the most impactful of any special teams player, helping the Bears win the field position battle for most of the game.

Pat O’Donnell’s punts helped the Bears defense 

One factor that played a role in the Bears’ dominance on defense was the field position. Two of O’Donell’s four punts were downed inside the 10. Having the Bengals start drives backed up on their own end zone put a lot of pressure on Joe Burrow and helped keep Cincinnati’s offense in check.

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Other Notes: Cairo Santo’s continues to deliver 

Since Santos only made some extra points and a pair of short field goals, it didn’t make sense to give him special teams MVP. Still, Santos continues to be one of the most consistent kickers in the league. Santos hasn’t had a chance to test his leg yet this year, but I expect to see it soon.