Coming off of their fourth consecutive win, the Chicago Bears find themselves in the thick of the playoff hunt. The Bears, who lost three of their first five games, have received major contributions from some key veteran players.
After some early struggles, the offense has had more success through the first 10 weeks of the season. The offensive line play has improved drastically, culminating in a zero-sacks-allowed performance in Week 9 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
NFL pundits have been warning fans of the Bears' aging defense coming into 2011, but after some poor performances early on, they look like the great Bears defenses of the mid-2000's. Their six takeaways during the 37-13 win over the Detroit Lions was one of the more dominant defensive performances in the NFL this year.
One of the Bears' consistent strengths during Lovie Smith's time in Chicago has been their special teams play. 2011 has been no different, as special teams coach Dave Toub continues to plug in new players successfully, such as new Bear, Sam Hurd. The typically excellent Devin Hester and Robbie Gould have ensured the Bears another great season on special teams.
Here are my nominees and winners of the Bears' first-half MVP awards on offense, defense and special teams.