2014 NFL Awards Week 5 – FootballTuesday, October 7, 2014 15:06
Awards for the best and worst of the 2014 NFL season Week 5.
2014 NFL Awards Week 5
The Dan Marino Award — Peyton Manning, DEN….31-47, 479 yds, 4 TDs, 2 Int…and…Russell Wilson, SEA….18-24, 201 yds, 2 TDs, 0 Int; 11 att, 122 yds, 1 TD — Peyton looked to be the easy solo winner of the Marino Award as of Sunday evening, but Russell Wilson used his legs, arm, and smarts Monday night to share the Week 5 spotlight with the future Hall-of-Famer. Peyton’s 479 yds were a career-high, while he’s accomplished the 4 TDs feat 32 times in his career, including 10 since the start of the 2013 season. He’s now around 5,500 yards away from Brett Favre for first on the career yardage list, while just 5 away from Favre for first in career TDs (508 to 503…3rd place: Marino with 420). As for Wilson, 80 of his rushing yards came on just 4 runs in the 1st quarter, while he used his legs splendidly in scrambling to keep passing plays alive as well. He set the MNF record for rushing yards, and also joined 4 other players as the only QBs in league history to go for 200/2 TDs in the passing game as well as 100/1 TD rushing. The others: Randall Cunningham, Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick, and Cam Newton. McNabb was the only one to end up losing the game.
The Ryan Leaf Award — The NY Jets QBs: Geno Smith, NYJ….4-12, 27 yds, 0 TD, 1 Int; 1 att, 3 yds rush…and…Michael Vick, NYJ…8-19, 47 yds, 0 TD, 1 Int; 2 att, 14 yds rush — The Jets might be more offensively challenged than the Raiders, which is really saying something. They have one better-than-average WR in Eric Decker, and a better-than-average RB in Chris Ivory, and that’s really it (Yes, Chris Johnson is barely an average RB at this point of his career). But despite that, they passed on WRs Brandin Cooks and Kelvin Benjamin in the 1st round of the 2014 Draft to take a safety. In his 2nd year, Geno hasn’t made much progress at all, while Vick is in the twilight of his uniquely interesting career. Vick started the 2nd half, and completed just 1 of his first 11 passes before going 7-8 on a dink-n-dump fest to avoid a truly putrid stat line.
The Walter Payton Award — Branden Oliver, SD…..19 att, 114 yds, 1 TD; 4 rec, 68 yds, 1 TD — Oliver is the Chargers 4th string RB, showing just how cursed they’ve been with injuries at the position this year, but should rise on the depth chart after this stellar performance. An undrafted, short (5’7″) free agent rookie out of the University of Buffalo, Oliver shredded the Jets defense Sunday afternoon for 182 yards from scrimmage. Built in the mode of long ago Charger Lionel ‘Little Train’ James, Oliver packs 208 lbs of muscle and speed in his small frame, and was almost all of San Diego’s offense in the 2nd half. He had over 1,500 yards and 15 TDs his senior season at Buffalo. By the way, Demarco Murray had yet another 100-yard effort (136) and has 670 yds after just 5 games so far.
The Curtis Enis Award — CJ Spiller, BUF….10 att, 8 yds, 0 TD; 3 rec, 25 yds — Spiller has been a very big disappointment so far this year, getting outrushed by his 33 yr old teammate Fred Jackson Sunday 49 to 10 (Jackson also had 10 rushes). Spiller’s longest carry went for just 2 yds, and he’s only reached the end zone once this year (on a reception) while averaging just 3.5 yds/carry. The 9th pick of the 2010 Draft, I was extremely excited to see him light up the league, but so far he’s had just one strong year – 2012 when he had 1,244 yards rushing (6.0 avg) and another 459 through the air.
The Jerry Rice Award — Demaryius Thomas, DEN….8 rec, 226 yds, 2 TDs — After posting back-to-back 1,400 yard seasons in 2012 and ’13, Thomas started very slowly this year, averaging just 47 yds/gm until this ridiculous explosion Sunday. Thomas is a prototypical WR for today’s game – huge (6’3″, 229 lbs) and very fast. He’s in his absolute prime at 26 years old and in his 5th season. With the Denver offense and Peyton Manning clicking as smoothly as ever, look for another 1,400 yard season from Thomas again this year.
Charles Johnson Award — Michael Floyd, ARI…1 rec, 7 yds, 0 TDs — Floyd was targeted 7 times on Sunday but only managed to haul in 1 pass for a measly 7 yards. This continues a pattern this season of monster games followed by duds – 5/119, then 1/19, then 5/114, then this stinker. He has not hit the end zone yet this season after 4 games, but is averaging a gaudy 21.6 yds/rec on the 12 passes he has caught. A 3rd year WR out of Notre Dame, Floyd burst into relevance last year with 1,041 yards on 65 recs with 5 TDs. The Arizona QB play on Sunday (a combined 12-34, 199 yds from Drew Stanton and Logan Thomas) has to take some of the blame for Floyd’s rough afternoon.
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