Bears kicker Cody Parkey has been named the NFC special teams player of the week for his performance in last Sunday night's 25-20 win over the Vikings at Soldier Field.
After hitting the upright on all four of his missed kicks a week earlier in a 34-22 victory over the Lions, Parkey rebounded in spectacular fashion. He made all three of his field-goal attempts against the Vikings, including a clutch 48-yarder that gave the Bears a two-score lead at 25-14 with 2:48 remaining in the game.
"I was excited for him because I've always stated that his preparation through the week is always the same," said special-teams coordinator Chris Tabor. "To have that opportunity and for him to seize the moment, it was real gratifying."
Tabor said that Parkey handled his lack of success against the Lions like "a pro's pro" and never lost confidence in himself. During the week leading up to the Vikings game, the kicker practiced at Soldier Field on back-to-back nights.
"He believes in himself," Tabor said. "He had laser focus, just like he has each and every week. It just happened the previous week that the ball hit the upright four times. We went down [to Soldier Field] Wednesday and Thursday and he did a great job, and I think that probably helped because the wind on Sunday night was like it was Thursday night. Wednesday night was a totally different wind, so we had some good recall about where to play it and those type of things. He did that and did a nice job."
This is Parkey's second player of the week award. He was honored in Week 2 of last season when he played for the Dolphins after making three field goals including a game-winning 54-yarder with 1:05 remaining in a 19-17 victory over the Chargers.