Hester fielded Jon Ryan's punt at his own 16 yard line and weaved his way 84 yards, virtually untouched, into the end zone for the exclamation point of a 26-0 Bears beatdown of the Packers. The former Hurricane has now suited up for five NFL games, four exhibitions and Sunday's season-opener, and he has one punt return of at least 19 yards in each contest. Hester earns the Bear Report Stud of the Week award.
Everyone knows that the Bears can play defense. Anyone who doubted that just has to look at their Week 1 performance. Brett Favre is in his 16th professional season, but until Sunday, he had never been the victim of a shutout in his NFL career. If the Bears can generate any offense whatsoever, they have the ability in a cloudy NFC playoff picture to make a Super Bowl run. And even if that offense does sputter from time to time, Hester just might be able to light up the scoreboard all by himself.