2014 NFL Awards Week 6 – FootballTuesday, October 14, 2014 12:18
Awards for the best and worst of the 2014 NFL season Week 6.
2014 NFL Awards Week 6
The Dan Marino Award — Joe Flacco, BAL….21-29, 306 yds, 5 TDs, 0 Int — What a way to bury your opponent before he knows what’s hit him – throw 5 TD passes to go up 35-0 in the first 16:03 of game time. But Tampa has been through this before, falling behind 56-0 to Atlanta in a Week 3 Thurs night game (one of many Thurs night duds), down by the same 35-0 score at halftime. The 1-5 Bucs are evoking memories of years (1976-77) past before the arrival of Rickey Bell and Doug Willams turned their fortunes in the late 70′s. As for the Super Bowl MVP a couple years ago, he was the 18th pick of the 2008 Draft, while Matt Ryan was the #3 selection. The scouts got it right that year as the only QBs drafted in the first round were the only ones worthy. Chad Henne and Matt Flynn were the 3rd and 4th best QBs in that draft…there basically is no 5th place (John David Booty? Dennis Dixon?). Flacco now has over 22,000 career passing yards, and turns 30 in January next year. He has started every Raven contest at QB since game 1 his rookie year.
The Ryan Leaf Award — Teddy Bridgewater, MIN….23-37, 188 yds, 0 TD, 3 Int; 3 att, 11 yds rush — The Falcons (317 yards, 0 Int 2 weeks ago) have a horrible defense…the Lions have a very strong defense, too strong for a rookie QB making just his 2nd career start. The Lions sacked Teddy a 1985 Bears-like 8 times Sunday, in addition to the 3 picks. With their usual offensive fireworks show led by Reggie and Calvin grounded by injury, the Lions are relying on a ferocious defensive front to win games this season. Stafford averaged just under 10 yds/completion in the game, and that included a 41 yarder…his other 18 completions averaged exactly 8 yds per – even Bridgewater beat that, averaging 8.2. As for Minnesota, I am extremely disappointed and perplexed by the disappearance of the electrifying WR Cordarrelle Patterson. After posting a 67-yard rushing TD in game 1, Patterson has compiled just 173 yards from scrimmage since on only 16 touches in 5 games – under 35 yds/gm!
The Walter Payton Award — LeSean McCoy, PHI…..22 att, 149 yds, 0 TD; 2 rec, 5 yds — Finally McCoy posts a 100-yd effort – he had 3 100-yd games after 6 games a year ago when he lead the league. Surprisingly, he only had 7 total 100-yd games in 2013, but averaged a hefty 156 yds/gm in them. For his other 9 games, he averaged just 57 yards rushing. At 422 yards, McCoy is surprisingly still 4th in the league, behind DeMarco’s phenomenal 785 (6th straight 100-yarder Sunday) as well as L. Bell (542) and A. Foster (513). There are 6 RBs within 40 yds of McCoy behind him.
The Curtis Enis Award — Steven Ridley, NE….10 att, 23 yds, 0 TD; 1 rec, 6 yds — Ridley actually has more 100-yard gms this year than McCoy, crossing the threshold in weeks 2 and 5. But he’s done for the year now after tearing his MCL and ACL against Buffalo in a game won by the resurgent Patriots 37-22. I might have tossed a few too many shovels of dirt on their grave a few weeks ago when Brady was winning the Leaf Award. They still look like a mediocre team to me in a league full of mediocrity this season…parity reigns. As for Ridley, his 2012 season of 1,263 yds and 12 TDs, his only 1,000 yarder, looks like it’ll be the high water mark for his career.
The Jerry Rice Award — Ty Hilton, IND….9 rec, 223 yds, 1 TD — TY & Luck came out the gates on FIRE Thursday night, TY outgaining the Texans 147 to 2 in the 1st quarter as Indy went up 24-0. But amazingly, this did not turn into the 4th straight ugly Thurs night blowout as JJ Watt refused to give up (more below), and Luck found the going much harder during the next 3 quarters. TY is possibly the finest ‘little guy’ WR in the game, at just 5’9″ 178 lbs…me + 25 lbs!! That size and his small college (Florida International) scared teams away in the 2012 NFL Draft, Hilton’s playmaking and speed falling to #92 overall in the 3rd round, the 13th WR off the board. WRs like Ryan Broyles and DeVier Posey (???) went ahead of TY, who has now amassed over 2,500 receiving yards in just 37 career games, including over 1,000 last season.
The Charles Johnson Award — Kendall Wright, TEN…1 rec, 6 yds, 0 TDs — Another miny-mite WR (5’10, 191 lbs) from the 2012 Draft (#20 overall), Wright also posted a 1,000 yd season in his 2nd year, but has struggled to break off big plays this year on a weak Titan team getting mediocre QB play from Jake Locker and Charlie Whitehurst. His best game is only 55 yards, and he’s averaging a putrid 8.8/rec. Titan QBs are at 218 yds/gm with 7 total TDs against 6 picks. His teammate Justin Hunter, the Week 4 winner of the Johnson Award, has picked it up lately, posting 6 catches on 10 targets for 176 yards in the 2 gms since…maybe the same post-Johnson Award luck can rub off on his teammate Wright.
The Lawrence Taylor Award — JJ Watt, TEX…2 sacks, 3 batted passes, 4 QB hits, 7 total tackles (4 solo), and 1 TD — As touched upon above, Watt single-handedly kept Houston in the game against Indy with this ridiculous effort. One of his tackles was a diving ankle/foot tackle on a Luck scramble that saved an Indy 1st down, while the TD was an absurd display of power, burst, coordination, and then speed, running it into the end zone. Simply one of the best individual defensive performances in the history of the game…Watt now has 3 TDs this year – more than LeSean McCoy & Le’Veon Bell combined (2).
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