5. Chad Henne, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars. I guess you could view Henne as an MVP if you're concerned much about Blaine Gabbert's feelings. Because after watching a half of Henne, the people of Jacksonville may better appreciate Gabbert's special brand of mediocrity, or at least prefer it to Henne's brand of awful. When Gabbert left the game with a shoulder injury in the second quarter, he left Henne a 17-3 lead. Two and a half quarters later, the Jags had only managed two first downs and the Oakland Raiders went on a little 23-6 run to win 26-23. Henne went 9 of 20 for 71 yards and was sacked three times.
4. Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers. Cam Newton's postgame press conferences are about as uplifting as watching "Old Yeller" in a Malaysian prison cell. Newton's Panthers had every chance to beat the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, and probably would have, had Newton had a better game. Being hit as he chucked the ball, Newton threw a first-half interception in the end zone. The Cowboys won 19-14 and Newton had a QB rating under 80 for the third time in the last four games.
3. Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns. I suppose it was nice that Josh Gordon had a 33-yard touchdown catch, but it also would've been nice if he hadn't dropped this one. I can't safely say that Gordon's drop cost the Browns the game, but they could've had a fourth-quarter lead. It's not like the Browns get a lot of chances at that. Also on Josh Gordon's resume today: He caught just two balls despite being targeted 10 times. No other Cleveland Brown failed to catch at least half of the balls with which he was targeted. Browns lose a squeaker to the Indianapolis Colts, 17-13.
2. Cecil Shorts, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars. I hate to send anything but love to someone with a name as adorable as Cecil Shorts, but it was a Cecil Shorts fumble that set up the Oakland Raiders for a game-winning field goal. Cecil's day started so promisingly, too ‒ he caught a 42-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and then shhhhh'd "The Black Hole," which has to be great fun. I can't let him have a pass, though. These are the Jaguars, and they had a chance for a win. They don't get to play the Raiders every week.
1. Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens. It was supposed to be the heavyweight main event between the AFC's two behemoths, and the Ravens came into it with a defense that's been slipping, and is now ailing. That left the task of competing with the Houston Texans primarily on the shoulders of the elite one, Joe Flacco, and he just couldn't deliver. Not that it would've been easy against the swarming Houston defense, but Flacco never gave the impression that he was going to rise above anything. The final numbers: 21 of 42, 147 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions, sacked four times, and a 43-13 loss.
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