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Jackson named NFC defensive player of month

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Another day, another big-time award for an emerging Bears star.

After being named NFC defensive player of the week Wednesday, safety Eddie Jackson has been selected the NFC defensive player of the month for November.

The second-year safety helped lead the Bears to a perfect 4-0 record, scoring three defensive touchdowns while recording 15 tackles, two interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and four pass breakups.

In a 41-9 drubbing of the Bills Nov. 4 in Buffalo, Jackson stripped the ball from tight end Jason Croom and returned the fumble 65 yards for a touchdown.

In back-to-back games later in the month, Jackson returned interceptions for key second-half touchdowns in one-score victories over division opponents.

His 27-yard TD return helped lift the Bears to a 25-20 win over the Vikings Nov. 18 at Soldier Field and his 41-yarder on Thanksgiving in Detroit snapped a 16-16 tie and gave the Bears a 23-16 victory over the Lions.

"His confidence has grown each week," said coach Matt Nagy. "He's an opportunistic guy. He studies a lot of tape, which I think can sometimes become undervalued in this game. And he does a great job with that. He's a student of the game and he recognizes when to take chances. So he is opportunistic, but he's smart in when to take chances and when not to. He's been having a great year. I like where he's at. He's leading that back end and the guys are having a lot of confidence in him."

Jackson has now scored five defensive touchdowns in two seasons with the Bears, three more by any other NFL player and more than 21 NFL teams during that span.

Jackson leads the NFL with three defensive touchdowns this season. He scored two last year as a rookie, both in a 17-3 win over the Panthers. In returning a fumble 75 yards and an interception 76 yards for scores, he became the first player in NFL history to produce two defensive touchdowns of at least 75 yards in a game.

The last NFL player with pick-sixes in back-to-back games was the Dolphins' Reshad Jones in 2015. The last Bears to accomplish the feat were Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs, who both did it in back-to-back wins over the Cowboys and Jaguars in 2012.

Jackson's five defensive touchdowns are tied for the most by a player in his first two NFL seasons, matching the Jets' Erik McMillian in 1988-89.

Jackson's teammate, outside linebacker Khalil Mack, was named the NFC defensive player of the month for September after recording five sacks, forcing four fumbles and returning an interception for a touchdown in the season opener in Green Bay.

Bears S Eddie Jackson was named the NFC defensive player of the month after his historic stretch through November. Check out photos of Jackson from games against the Bills, Lions, and Vikings

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