1. Matt Schaub(notes), Quarterback, Houston Texans. Were there quarterbacks who had worse days than Schaub yesterday? Plenty. Expectations are a factor, though. There's not much difference between Schaub and the elite quarterbacks in the NFL right now, but that difference is there, and it made its presence known in the fourth quarter of the game against the Colts. Schaub turned it over on consecutive fourth quarter drives, one of them being a pick-six for the Colts. You have the talent to compete with the Colts, Texans. But to climb that mountain, you've got to grow up in those late-game situations. It starts with Schaub.
2. Derrick Roberson(notes), Cornerback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With :36 to play and the Falcons looking at a fourth down, Roberson gave them a fresh set of downs with a defensive holding penalty about 11 miles away from the play. The Bucs defense gutted it out, though, and forced another fourth down, and this time, Roddy White(notes) caught the game-winning touchdown pass right in front of Roberson. Roberson's coverage on that play was actually pretty solid, but still, after the earlier boner, it was a salt-in-the-wound type of play for him.
4. Rudy Niswanger(notes), Center, Kansas City Chiefs. Niswanger (prounounced "nice-wonger") accepts this award on behalf of every Chief who turned the ball over yesterday, which seemed like about every Chief on the roster. Nice Wonger's contribution was a shotgun snap that looked like a Ricky Vaughn fastball before he got glasses. Cassel didn't even get close to getting a hand on the ball. Larry English(notes) pounced on it for the Chargers.
5. Shaun Rogers(notes), Defensive Tackle, Cleveland Browns. Two of the last three weeks, the Browns have actually put together impressive defensive efforts, and Shaun Rogers is a part of that. He made a dangerous, boneheaded play right before the half yesterday, though. It looked like a Bengals drive would end without points, but Rogers nearly horse-collared the life out of Carson Palmer(notes), slamming his head to the turf and moving the Bengals up 15 yards and into field goal range. The defensive penalty also gave them one untimed down to get the points. It wasn't the difference in the game, but the combination of dumb and dangerous earns Rogers a spot here.
- Shaun Rogers