Tom Brady(notes), QB, New England Patriots. I touched on it when naming Darrelle Revis one of yesterday's five most valuable players, but it's worth another look. Here's Tom Brady's stat line from yesterday:
23-of-47, 216 yards, zero touchdowns, one interception.
That's a completion percentage under 50 percent, and a yards-per-attempt under five yards. That just doesn't happen for Handsome Tom. Ever. It's like waking up this morning, opening a newspaper and finding that Tom cheated on Gisele Bundchen and had a one-nighter with Margaret Cho. It is extremely uncharacteristic of Tom Brady.
Enjoy this week, Patriots haters. You don't get them like this too often.
Steve Slaton(notes), RB, Houston Texans. OK, that's about enough of that, Steve Slaton. You had a bad Week 1, and I wrote it off as a fluke. It happens. But Week 2 rolls around and you get the Titans, who usually host two annual Steve Slaton track meets, and you're again held to two yards per carry? On behalf of the Steve Slaton fans of America, as well as the fantasy football players of America, I'm sorry, that's unacceptable. Fix it.
Tony Romo(notes), QB, Dallas Cowboys. Last night encapsulated exactly what Tony Romo's facing this year. Fair or not, everything's riding on the shoulders of Romo. He played last night like Brett Favre(notes), circa November 2008, and today, he's getting barbequed for it. It's no surprise. That was pretty much the agreement. More on this in a bit.
Vaughn Martin(notes), DT, San Diego Chargers. I can't really blame poor Vaughn Martin, but when the Chargers lost Jamal Williams(notes) for the year, they lost the lynchpin to the entire defense, and they didn't have a backup plan. Martin and a gentleman named Ogemdi Nwagbuo(notes) (whose name alone almost landed Dick Enberg on today's LVP list) tried to fill the gap, but instead, stepped into the lineup and did a great impersonation of a gap. The middle of the Chargers defense just wasn't there. Ravens center Matt Birk(notes) has never had an easier day in the NFL.
George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States. The former President handled the coin toss duties for the first real game in the Cowboys new stadium. He did a fine job of throwing the coin, but the weird thing was, as soon as he got his hands on the coin, its value dropped 37 percent relative to the euro.