Week 17: NFL Player of the Week

Week 17: NFL Player of the Week

Week 17: NFL Player of the Week - Matt Flynn (3)

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To nobody’s surprise, the top player from the Week 17 NFL schedule was the starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers. To everybody’s surprise, that quarterback was backup Matt Flynn, who started for just the second time in his four-year career with the Packers deciding to rest their starters for a playoff run. In a week where New Orleans Saints quarterback threw for 389 yards and 5 touchdowns, Flynn somehow managed to top those numbers. He completed 31 of his 44 passes for 480 yards and 6 touchdown passes in a 45-41 shootout win over the rival Detroit Lions.

Not only did Flynn post big numbers, but he out-dueled Detroit gunner Matthew Stafford in a game that went down to the wire. With a little more than two minutes left to play, Stafford connected with tight end Tony Scheffler for a 12-yard touchdown to give the Lions a 41-38 lead. In response, Flynn marched the Packers down the field 80 yards, finishing with a 4-yard strike to tight end Jermichael Finley. That pass proved to be the game winner.

Even more impressive about Flynn’s day was that he set records for passing yards and touchdown passes in a game. Considering that Bart Starr, Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers have all taken snaps for the Packers, that is a remarkable feat.

Flynn is set to become a free agent after this season. Which team do you think would be the best fit for the overnight sensation?

Week 17: NFL Player of the Week - Matt Flynn (1)

Week 17: NFL Player of the Week - Matt Flynn (2)

Flynn tries to locate a receiver in the Nike Zoom Alpha Talon.

Week 17: NFL Player of the Week - Matt Flynn (4)

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Week 12: NFL Player of the Week

Week 12: NFL Player of the Week

 Week 12: NFL Player of the Week - Cam Newton

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All the criticism about Cam Newton’s natural talent and athletic ability not translating well on the NFL level is now a distant memory. Not only is Newton comfortable taking snaps as a pro, but he’s doing so at a record-setting pace. Cam isn’t a traditional quarterback by any means, but his ability to make teams pay through the air and on the ground may eventually surpass what we’ve seen from players with similar skill sets like Randall Cunningham and Michael Vick. In one of his best performances to date, Cam put the Carolina Panthers on his back and found the endzone four times in a 38-19 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With his performance, Newton takes home Eastbay Player of the Week honors.

On the day, Newton completed 12 of his 21 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown pass to wide receiver Legedu Naanee. He was even better running the ball, carrying 14 times for 54 yards and 3 touchdowns, a new NFL single-season record for TDs rushing by a quarterback. Newton even nearly scored on a 27-yard reception after throwing backward to Naanee on the far side of the field and taking a throw-back to the left.

The debate for Rookie of the Year between Newton and Andy Dalton may have taken a big turn in Cam’s favor this past weekend. Passing stats are arguable and team wins are an advantage to Dalton, but Cam’s 500+ rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns may be the difference maker. Does Cam have your vote?

Week 12: NFL Player of the Week - Cam Newton 2Cam Newton takes flight in his CompFit Highlight Under Armour football cleats.

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Week 10: NFL Player of the Week

Week 10: NFL Player of the Week

 Week 10: NFL Player of the Week - Larry Fitzgerald

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When you’re selecting a Player of the Week, you’re looking for the guy that not only put up big numbers, but put the team on his back and guided them to a win. Realistically, it’s looking like we could give Aaron Rodgers the nod every week, but we’re going to go in a different direction this time around. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is having another “quiet” season. Not because he isn’t putting up numbers, but because his team stinks and they still haven’t found a solution at quarterback. Still, Fitzgerald is a Top 10 receiver in terms of yardage and still has arguably the best hands in the NFL. That was on display this past weekend when the Cardinals took on the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.

Larry was remarkable, catching seven balls for 146 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a 37-yard catch to the Eagles’ one-yard line late in the game to set Arizona up for the game-winning TD. All of Fitzgerald’s catches resulted in a touchdown or first down. He averaged 20.9 yards per catch and had three catches of more than 25 yards. He had a 10-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter to tie the game at 7-7 and a seven-yard TD in the fourth quarter to bring the Cardinals even at 14-14. The 37-yard catch that set the Cardinals up for a 1-yard touchdown pass proved to be the difference as Arizona won 21-17.

Fitzgerald’s two touchdowns give him 70 for his career, passing Roy Green for the most total TDs in team history. He also became the third-youngest player in NFL history (28 years, 74 days) to reach 70 TD receptions, trailing only Randy Moss and Jerry Rice.

Where do you think Fitzgerald would rank all-time if he were playing with a better quarterback long-term?

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Fitzgerald celebrates a touchdown catch wearing the Nike Alpha Speed.

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Week 9: NFL Player of the Week

Week 9: NFL Player of the Week

 

Week 9: NFL Player of the Week - Aaron Rodgers

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If we were choosing a league MVP through nine weeks of the 2011 NFL schedule, honors would without a doubt go to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The 7-year pro is playing far and away the best football of his young career and the Packers have an undefeated record to show for it. Locked in a QB duel this past Sunday with Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers, it was once again Rodgers that played peerless football, and that’s why he’s the Eastbay NFL Player of the Week.

Aaron connected on 21 of his 26 passes in the game, lifting his season completion percentage to 72.5%, a career high. Rodgers racked up 247 yards and threw four touchdown passes, all while gaining an additional 52 yards on the ground. He threw no interceptions, while Rivers was picked off three times, eventually proving to be the difference in Green Bay’s wild 45-38 Week 9 victory.

Currently leading the NFL with an incredible 129.1 passer rating, Rodgers has thrown a league-high 24 touchdown passes with a modest three interceptions. He’s averaging 9.9 yards per completion. Is there a defense capable of shutting him down?

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Week 9: NFL Player of the Week - Aaron Rodgers 3

Rodgers airs it out in the Nike Zoom Alpha Talon.

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Week 8: NFL Player of the Week

Week 8: NFL Player of the Week

Week 8: NFL Player of the Week - LeSean McCoy

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Who’s the best running back in the NFL? It seems like Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings has had that title locked down since entering the league back in 2007. However, new competition for the top spot may have arrived this season in the form of Philadelphia Eagles trotter LeSean “Shady” McCoy, who seems up to the task of matching Peterson for every ground and air yard gained on the year. This past Sunday, McCoy had his best game of the season, helping his Eagles continue their turnaround with the highest rushing output of the weekend. With his performance, Shady is the latest player to be named Eastbay NFL Player of the Week.

Carrying the rock 30 times, McCoy racked up a league-high 185 yards against a Dallas Cowboys team that was ranked first against the rush coming into the game. He averaged 6.2 yards per carry and found the endzone twice on the day. Behind McCoy’s game, the Eagles pulled out a dominant 34-7 victory over the Cowboys and moved to 3-4, tied for second place in the NFC East.

Is McCoy ready to take over Peterson as the NFL’s top running back?

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McCoy breaks free in the Nike Air Zoom Super Bad 3.

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