October 03, 2011
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Mark Sanchez(notes) and Joe Flacco(notes), Quarterbacks, New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens. I went back and forth all night; Sanchez or Flacco, Sanchez or Flacco. In the end, I decided there was room for both. Not for the harm they did to their teams, but for their crimes against football on Sunday. That should've been a good game. I don't want to look up their specific stats, because they've hurt me enough. There was a turnover on every other play. The game took seven hours. Both quarterbacks were the leading point producers for their opponents. It was a disgusting, disgusting night of offensive football.
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Ronnie Brown(notes), Running Back, Philadelphia Eagles. Say you're handed the ball at the goal line, you attempt to run up the middle and you get stuffed. Do you, A) attempt to cover up the ball and go to the ground, much like every other running back in NFL history has done every single time they find themselves in this situation, or B) in the middle of a pile of monstrous men who are attempting to remove your head, try an impromptu flea-flicker/pass of which no one else is aware? On a team full of guys who made crippling mistakes all day long, Ronnie Brown's easily stood out. This, via @xmasape, summed it up well.
Tony Romo(notes), Quarterback, Dallas Cowboys. The good news for Tony Romo? In two weeks, he's led two late-game comebacks. The bad news? They were for two different teams. Sunday's was for the Detroit Lions, as Romo and the 'Boys really let one slip away. Three errant throws (two of them went back to the house), and a 27-3 lead was gone, as was all Dallas momentum and confidence. People can argue all day long about whether Tony Romo is a good quarterback or a bad quarterback, but for pure entertainment value, no one's better.
Run Defense, Carolina Panthers. I realize that this is a drastic oversimplification, but it does help illustrate the problems the Panthers have against the run: This week, Matt Forte(notes) of the Bears ran for 205 yards against the Panthers. Last week against the Packers, Forte had 2.
Trai Essex(notes) and Marcus Gilbert(notes), Tackles, Pittsburgh Steelers. Essex and Gilbert are the bookend tackles for the Steelers. With the production they're getting out of them, they might as well use actual bookends (I recommend these, because they're so darling!). Ben Roethlisberger(notes) was sacked five times and pressured constantly. He even took a scary knee-shot late in the fourth quarter that could've crippled him. It's almost enough to make you feel bad for Roethlisberger. Well, not really, but that line is so, so bad.
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