October 09, 2011
See Sunday's five most valuable players here.
Josh Freeman(notes), Quarterback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If Chris Johnson didn't exist, would Josh Freeman be the leader in the clubhouse for the most disappointing player of 2011 so far? Freeman went 17 of 33 for 187 yards Sunday, with no touchdowns and two interceptions. That's 5.7 yards per attempt. After Sunday, his passer rating for the year is 74.1. That's down from last year's 95.9. I am concerned.
Jeremy Bridges(notes), Offensive Tackle, Arizona Cardinals. A lot of Cardinals had rough days, as you might have guessed by the fact that a Donovan McNabb(notes)-led team blew them out. Bridges was particularly non-outstanding, though. One time he was beat led to Brian Robison(notes) knocking the ball out of Kevin Kolb's(notes) hands, and later, an illegal use of hands penalty on him wiped an Early Doucet(notes) touchdown off the board. Kolb wasn't great, either, but things weren't easy for him Sunday.
Michael Vick(notes), Quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles. It's pretty rough for a guy to have 300 passing yards and become the NFL's all-time leading quarterback rusher, and still end up in the five least valuable players of the day. Four interceptions will do that, though, especially when you're 1-4 and in desperate need of a win -- and what about the blatant waste of eight seconds just before halftime? Not acceptable. To get to 10-6, the Eagles are going to have to go 9-2 from here on out. There are way too many holes on this team for them to go on that kind of run.
Sione Pouha(notes), Defensive Tackle, New York Jets. It's the Jets run defense in general that I want to target, but Pouha gets special credit for getting plowed into the end zone here by BenJarvus Green-Ellis(notes). The Patriots just beat the Jets at the line of scrimmage all day. They opened holes, the receivers and tight ends blocked downfield, and Green-Ellis had his best career day. And a lot of it came on a six-minute, 13-yard, clock-eating fourth-quarter drive where the Jets knew the Patriots were running the ball, and couldn't do anything to stop it.
Kyle Orton(notes), Quarterback, Denver Broncos. Well, he finally did it. Kyle Orton was finally bad enough that John Fox could no longer find a reason to keep Tim Tebow(notes) on the bench. Before he got pulled, Orton had completed 6 of 13 passes for 34 yards and a pick -- 2.6 yards per passing attempt. I'm not a guy who's been on the Tebow bandwagon, but watching this game, even I thought it was time to pull Orton. He looked nothing like an NFL quarterback Sunday. He just couldn't make the ball go where he wanted it to go. It was kind of like watching Charles Barkley play golf.
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