Two former B1G stars received NFC Player of the Week honors after Week 9.

Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week and Detroit Lions defensive back Kerby Joseph received the NFC Defensive Player of the Week award. The 2 players stepped up for their respective teams and put on great offensive and defensive performances.

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Despite Fields having a record-breaking performance, the Bears fell short to the Miami Dolphins, 35-32. Even with the loss, Fields was praised for his production. He broke the single-game record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 178 yards. He accounted for a total of 4 touchdowns and passed for 123 yards. Fields completed 60.7% of his passes.

This was Fields’ best game in the NFL and he proved that he could give the Bears a chance to win the game. The loss did not impact Fields’ candidacy for the Offensive Player of the Week.

On the other side of the ball, Joseph helped secure a win for the Lions against the Green Bay Packers. Joseph finished the game with 2 interceptions, 3 pass deflections, and 10 tackles. It was a strong performance on defense from Joseph and he bolstered the Lions’ defensive effort.

Ohio State and Illinois were well represented in Week 9.