Week 10 in review

Week 10 was a “beginning to end” kind of week.

For example, many Ravens fans were upset and were overreacting after the Ravens lost to the Falcons on Thursday night.

As it turned out, the Ravens are still in first place, after the Patriots beat the Steelers. And if wasn’t for Eric Wright’s horrendous attempt at a tackle, the Browns may have beaten the Jets.

Not until week 14 or so will “the best team in football” discussion become relevant. Therefore, to the picks we go.

Week 10 picks

  • Mike: 3-2 (11-9 overall)
  • Rob: 0-5 (8-12 overall)

Usually I know who my offensive and defensive players of the week will be after Sunday night.

But as you may have guessed, after watching the Eagles/Redskins “game” last night, I knew who the best offensive player of week 10 was, without a doubt.

Offensive Player of the Week: Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

  • 20/28 (75.0%), 338 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT; 8 rushes, 80 yards, 2 TD (averaged one touchdown every six touches; 11.6 yards per touch)

The defensive player of the week was tougher to select. It came down to a player who not only made big plays, but made big plays when his team needed them. Also, this player was playing in just his second career game, and had a grand total of one tackle to his name.

Other players at his position were getting injured, and just when his team couldn’t get any lower, he pulled them up and set a franchise record for the longest interception return in team history (51 years).

Defensive Player of the Week: Bryan McCann, CB, Dallas Cowboys

  • 5 tackles (5 solo), 1 tfl, 1 pass defensed, 1 INT (101 yard return TD)

As for the highlight of the week, that was easy. This may be the highlight of the year (if not, it should be in the top 5 for sure).

Highlight of the week: Mike Thomas “scoops” and scores

Rob’s take

Week 10 has come to a close and what a week it was. This week featured a Thursday night game between NFC & AFC Division leaders (Ravens and Falcons). It was a four quarter battle that ended up with the Falcons going on a last minute, game-winning touchdown drive.

Falcons WR, “Rowdy” Roddy White, torched the Ravens defense with 12 catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns.

The Ravens need a wake-up call (especially their defense).

Wait, what’s that? Yup the Cowboys still have a pulse, as they beat the Giants 33-20 on Sunday, under interim head coach Jason Garrett (who looks like he really wants the full-time job).

The Colts prevailed against the Bengals, even though Peyton Manning threw for under 200 yards and no touchdowns.

The Buffalo Bills finally got their first win of the season, as they beat the Detroit Lions, 14-12 (even without Sean Merriman).

The Jets made NFL history by becoming the first team to win back-to-back road games in overtime.  Both game-winning plays were set-up by WR Santonio Holmes. In week 9 he had a 52-yard catch leading to a game-winning field goal. This week he took it in himself with a 37-yard touchdown reception.

Is Randy Moss even a threat this year? I know it’s his first week in Tennessee and their quarterback situation is unpredictable, but one catch for 26 yards? To me, Randy Moss has earned his nick name “slouch” (given to him by Jets CB Darrelle Revis).

Tampa Bay gets another solid win, moving them to 6-3 and 2nd place in the competitive NFC South.  Running back LeGarrette Blount is running tough week after week, while Josh Freeman shows no sign of slowing down (week 10 QB rating: 134.2).  This Tampa Bay team is full of  “Young Buccs”, and are doing their best to make good on head coach Raheem Morris’ statement: “We are the best team in the NFC.”

Monday Night Football…you mean the Michael Vick Show, right? Not only did Vick put on a clinic, but the Eagles set an NFL record for scoring the most points in the first half as the road team (45). It was a good performance all around by the Eagles. Even back-up RB Jerome Harrison rushed 11 times for 109 yards and a touchdown.

WR DeSean Jackson told ESPN broadcasters before the game what the first play they were going to run was. They didn’t believe him.

One play action pass and 88 yards later, Jackson found himself in the end zone saying, “I told y’all.”

Offensive Player of the Week: Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

  • 20/28, 333 yards passing, 4 TD, 150.7 QB rating; 8 rushes, 80 yards, 2 TD

Michael “So Sick” Vick put on an offensive clinic on Monday Night. He was responsible for six touchdowns (4 passing, 2 rushing), and he looked more in shape and healthier than he ever has.

I think last night alone secures his 2011 starting job next year, as the Eagles are on a roll and tied for first place in the NFC East (with the NY Giants).

Michael Vick also wins my “Standout Player of the Week” award. He was back from injury last week and won a huge game over the Colts, but was it a fluke?

Absolutely not. This guy is for real and proved it last night.

Defensive Player of the Week: Mario Haggan, ILB, Denver Broncos

  • 6 tackles (6 solo), 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble

After losing four straight games, the Broncos had a much needed bye week in week 9. They came back well rested and it showed. They put a whooping on the Kansas City Chiefs, who had been playing well.

In case You Missed It…

C’mon Man!

Although the Jets won in overtime (again), there is still one player not off the hook for his performance (which could have prevented OT) and that is kicker Nick Folk. Folk went 2 of 5 on Sunday (he missed from 48 – 1st quarter, missed from 24 – 3rd quarter and missed from 47 — in overtime).

Folk made two field goals on Sunday from 27 and 25 yards. His percentage was 40%, and if he made either field goal in regulation, the score would have been NYJ 23, CLE 20.

Kickers are paid to do one thing: make field goals (especially when the game is on the line!). If Folk makes any one of the three missed field goals, the game is instantly changed.

So Nick Folk…C’Mon Man!!!!!

If you thought week 10 was exciting, wait until week 11, where two huge games will take place: Indianapolis (6-3) @ New England (7-2) & N.Y. Giants (6-3) @ Philadelphia (6-3).

Don’t forget to check back here tomorrow for our MVP watch.

Here’s a hint: another new QB will make his debut on the list.

Thanks for reading.

-Mike

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