NFL Awards Week 11 – FootballThursday, November 21, 2013 10:01
Player awards for Week 11 of the NFL season.
NFL Awards Week 11
After a hiatus, NFL weekly awards have returned to DIS!
The Dan Marino Award - Carson Palmer, ARI…30-42, 419 yds, 2 TD, 0 Int. Likely the best QB ever to come out of USC, Palmer enjoyed his first 400-yard game since chucking it 61 times against the Bucs last year in a 32-42 loss (414 yds). A month ago Bill Barnwell wrote a great piece at Grantland about the rather sad arc of Palmer’s career ever since that knee injury vs. the Steelers on his first playoff pass atempt (a 66-yard completion). The Steelers went on to win that game and the Super Bowl that year (2005 season, 2006 SB), and Carson was never quite the same, though he has logged over 32,000 passing yards in his 11-year career.
The Ryan Leaf Award - Geno Smith, NYJ…8-23, 103 yds, 0 TD, 3 Int. Smith was awful Sunday and was eventually replaced by Matt Simms, who yes, is another Phil Simms son, and brother of Chris Simms. Simms only threw 257 career passes at Tennessee and was never drafted, unlike his much higher-profile brother Chris who garnered plenty of publicity at Texas and then at Tampa Bay, where a life-threatening ruptured spleen in 2006 basically ended his career, as he only threw 19 more passes in the NFL before completely exiting after the 2009 season. But back to the Leaf winner, Smith has thrown twice as many interceptions (16) as TDs (8) this year, while completing 56.3% of his passes. But he has run for 3 scores and won 5 games, too.
The Walter Payton Award - Bobby Rainey, TB…30 att, 163 yds, 2 TD; 2 rec, 4 yds, 1 TD. Rainey was an undrafted free agent who signed with Baltimore for the 2012 season but never had a carry. They released him less than two weeks before this season started, and Cleveland picked him up. The Browns released him after week 7 even though they had traded Trent Richardson just weeks before and were hurting at the position. Rainey is only 5’8″, but is listed at 212 lbs, and shows nice speed and vision on the field. He’s the 3rd Tampa Bay RB to rush for 100 yards in a game this season after both Doug Martin and Mike James did it earlier, only to later be lost for the season due to injury. Hopefully the curse will stop at Rainey.
The Blair Thomas Award - CJ Spiller, BUF…13 att, 6 yds, 0 TD; 2 recs, 10 yds. His longest run in the game was 3 yards. This has been a rather nightmarish year for the super-quick speedburner out of Clemson. He’s had two 100-yard rushing games, but four complete stink bombs like this one. He’s caught 21 passes but only two of those receptions have gone for over 10 yards. His yards per carry, at 5.2 in 2011 and 6.0 last year (when he had 1,244 yards), lies at 4.1 after the Week 11 dud. Too bad, because he’s an electric runner when he’s on, has blocking, is healthy…whatever the reason may be for his poor 2013 season.
The Jerry Rice Award - Vincent Jackson, TB…10 rec, 165 yds, 1 TD. Despite all the turmoil in Tampa Bay this season, including at the QB position, V-Jax is on pace to gain 1,300 yards receiving after gaining 1,384 a year ago at a gaudy 19.2 yds/catch (just 14.8 this yr). Now in his 9th season, 2nd w/ Tampa, the huge (6’5″, 230 lbs) WR remains one of the better wideouts in the league. He had three 1,000 yard seasons with the Chargers before joining the Bucs, and his 6,965 career rec. yards puts him at #123 all-time. If he averages 80 yds/gm for the rest of the season (he’s at 82.7/gm now), he’ll jump all the way up to #102 on the list, just ahead of Ed McCaffrey. Among the other names he’ll pass are guys like Wayne Chrebet, Antonio Freeman, Carl Pickens, Jake Reed, and TJ Houshmandzadeh.
I should note Calvin Johnson’s performance last Sunday, as he had 6 recs for 179 yds and 2 TDs…in the first half! Unfortunately and shockingly, he didn’t catch a single pass in the 2nd half. He remains on pace to gain just over 1,800 yards this year even though he’s missed a game.
The Charles Rodgers Award - AJ Green, CIN…2 rec, 7 yds, 0 TD. The man who many consider to be the second-best WR in the league still has over 1,000 yards receiving this year even after this stinker. He’s on pace for just under 1,500 yards this season after gaining 1,350 a year ago (103rd best single-season yardage total ever). His QB Andy Dalton, who has fallen off significantly after winning the Marino Award a couple times, had 3 TDs in this game but only 93 total passing yards on 13 completions, a putrid 7.15 yds per completion (and he attempted 27 throws, giving him just 3.44 yds/att!).
Courtesy of Speedburner.
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