The way Aldon Smith was playing Monday night at Candlestick Park, it's a wonder the San Francisco 49ers' outside linebacker didn't sack Trent Dilfer and Steve Young right there on the ESPN set, for good measure.
Smith's huge game against the Bears featured 5.5 sacks, a Monday night record. It made Smith an obvious choice for NFC Defensive Player of the Week.
The honor means the NFC West has produced an NFC offensive, defensive or special-teams player of the week 10 times this season. Last week, Seattle's Richard Sherman won the defensive honors with an interception, a fumble-forcing sack and three passes defensed against the New York Jets.
Recapping NFC West honors to this point in the season:
Week 2: Arizona's Calais Campbell wins defensive honors.
Week 5: St. Louis punter Johnny Hekker wins special-teams honors.
Week 7: San Francisco's Andy Lee wins special-teams honors.
Week 8: San Francisco's Alex Smith wins offensive honors.
Week 10: Richard Sherman wins defensive honors.
Week 11: Aldon Smith wins defensive honors.