Week 9: NFL Player of the Week

Week 9: NFL Player of the Week

Week 9 Eastbay NFL Player of the Week: Peyton Hillis

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A Bengals win on Monday Night Football would have made this Player of the Week vote a little interesting, considering wide receiver Terrell Owens almost single-handedly won the game for them. However, it’s a member of the cross-town rival Cleveland Browns that is taking home the honors this week. Running through Patriots defenders with his bruising style, Peyton Hillis racked up 184 yards on 29 carries and added 2 touchdown runs. On the back of Hillis, the Browns shocked the football world, thumping the Patriots by a score of 34-14.

The key to beating the New England Patriots is keeping Tom Brady off the field. With Hillis’ efficient running on Sunday, the Browns were able to do just that, winning the time of possession battle 38 minutes to 22 minutes. Peyton sniffed out the endzone twice, including a dagger 35-yard run with 4 minutes to play in the 4th quarter. He also added three catches for a total of 36 yards.

In the Browns’ last two games, they’ve beaten the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots by a score of 64-31. They will now stay home to play another top tier NFL team on Sunday, the New York Jets. Can Hillis find holes in that stingy New York defense?

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Week 9: NFL Player of the Week

Week 8: NFL Player of the Week

Week 8 NFL Player of the Week: David Garrard - Photo Courtesy of Yahoo

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It was an unconventional week for NFL Player of the Week candidates. In Cincinnati, Miami place kicker Dan Carpenter successfully converted on 5 field goal attempts and added an extra point in a 22-14 Dolphins win over the Bengals. Rookie defensive end Ndamukong Suh supported Matt Stafford’s four touchdown passes with 4 tackles, two sacks and a fumble returned for a touchdown to help the Lions rally against the Redskins. However, this week’s honors go to Jacksonville quarterback David Garrard, who had a near perfect passing day to lift the Jags over the Dallas Cowboys in Texas.

Garrard was an endzone magnet on Sunday, finding paydirt 5 times on the day. After the Cowboys took an early lead on their first possession with a David Buehler field goal, Garrard marched the Jags down the field and responded with a 10-yard strike to receiver Mike Sims-Walker. He also found tight end Mercedes Lewis for a 42-yard score in the second quarter to put Jacksonville up 14-3 heading into halftime.

The offensive onslaught continued in the second half. On Jacksonville’s opening possession, Garrard found Sims-Walker twice for a total of 68-yards, en route to a 10-yard TD toss to receiver Mike Thomas. After a Jon Kitna interception on the next possession, the game continued to open up when Garrard and Lewis connected once again for a 28-3 lead. With the score at 28-10 in the 4th quarter, Garrard capitalized on another Kitna pick by trotting in the endzone on a 2-yard run. On the day, Garrard completed 17 of 21 passes for a QB rating of 157.8, just missing out on the perfect rating of 158.3. More importantly, he lifted Jacksonville to a much-needed win and back into the playoff picture.

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Week 7: NFL Player of the Week

Week 7: NFL Player of the Week Photo Courtesy of Yahoo

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Big numbers were posted all around the league this weekend, making this week’s choice for Player of the Week a difficult one. In Atlanta, Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer completed 36 passes for 412 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan found receiver Roddy White 11 times for 201 yards and 2 scores in a Falcons win. Speaking of big game by wide receivers, Tennessee’s Kenny Britt caught 7 balls for a career-high 225 yards and 3 touchdowns in a Titans win over the Eagles. As great as those performances were, I believe I can name two that were better. Between those two, I can’t choose one over the other, and that’s why I’m rolling with Week 7 Co-Players of the Week.

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The first recipient is Oakland’s Darren McFadden. In a stunning rout of the rival Denver Broncos, McFadden found the endzone four times. The third-year back ran the ball 16 times, slipping through the Broncos’ porous defense for 165 yards and three touchdowns. McFadden was also on the receiving end of a 19-yard touchdown pass from Jason Campbell in the second quarter. Behind McFadden’s four scores, the Raiders scored the most points in their 50-year history, beating Denver by a score of 59-14.

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For the second recipient, I’d like to take a look at the defensive side of the football. In another record performance, Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall intercepted four Jay Cutler passes on the day. The four picks ties a record held by 18 others, and makes Hall the first player to accomplish the feat since Denver’s Deltha O’Neal in 2001. Even more important, Hall’s one-handed interception that was returned for a touchdown late in the third quarter proved to be the difference in the 17-14 Washington victory. Hall also recorded a team-high 7 tackles on the day.

Both of these big time efforts were worthy of being acknowledged for last weekend’s games. Were you a fan of another performance that wasn’t named? Let us know below!

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Week 7: College Football Player of the Week

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Last week’s Player of the Week Cam Newton was once again in contention for the nod this week, but the honors travel to the Bluegrass State, where Kentucky quarterback Mike Hartline led the Wildcats to an improbable victory over the South Carolina Gamecocks. Hartline stuffed the stat sheet, completing 32 of his 42 passes for 349 yards, 4 touchdowns and no interceptions.

Week 7: College Football Player of the Week - Mike Hartline

At halftime, the Wildcats faced a 28-10 deficit, their misfortunes against South Carolina only continuing. Last year, Hartline suffered a knee injury in a game against the Cocks, sidelining him for most of the remaining games on the schedule. Out for redemption this year, a poised Hartline led a signature comeback win for the program. He passed for 3 second-half touchdowns, including a 24-yard strike to receiver Randall Cobb with just 1:15 left to play. Paired with a successful 2-point conversion, the touchdown pass proved to be the difference in the game, as Kentucky completed the upset of 10th ranked South Carolina by a 31-28 margin.

Unranked Kentucky now finds themselves hosting the SEC Rival Georgia Bulldogs this Saturday. The game is pivotal in the SEC East race, as Kentucky trails Georgia by a game.

Week 9: NFL Player of the Week

Week 6: NFL Player of the Week

Week 6: Eastbay Player of the Week - Kevin Kolb

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While Week 6 of the NFL season marked some notable returns across the league, it was a week of redemption for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb. After being knocked out of the Week 1 meeting with the Green Bay Packers with a concussion, Kolb was officially benched for the surging Michael Vick heading into a Week 3 game with Jacksonville. Vick continued his high level of play, and it appeared that Kolb would become nothing more than a distant memory to Eagles fans, who were now singing the praises of number 7.

However, Vick suffered a rib injury early in his second official start as the team’s QB. Kolb stepped in, struggling to find the endzone in a loss to the Washington Redskins and former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. The critics sounded off, and Kolb answered, leading the charge in the team’s next game against San Francisco. Kolb completed 21 passes for 253 yards and a touchdown, getting the Eagles back on the right track. While he was good in that game, he was even better this past Sunday, turning in a performance worthy of Eastbay’s Player of the Week honors.

Against the then 4-1 Atlanta Falcons, Kolb passed the ball deep, and he passed the ball accurately. Carving up the Falcons’ secondary, Kolb found a slicing DeSean Jackson for a 34-yard touchdown with a little under 7 minutes to play in the first quarter, increasing the lead to 14-0. When Jackson suffered a concussion, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin stepped up, and it was business as usual. Maclin was on the receiving end of two Kolb touchdown passes, including an 83-yard bomb midway through the 3rd quarter. Helping improve the Eagle’s record to 4-2, Kolb finished the day by completing 23 of 29 passes for 326 yards and 3 touchdowns. Has he resumed control of the starting quarterback job in Philadelphia? Only time will tell. Either way, he is Eastbay’s Week 6 Player of the Week, and that cannot be taken away from him.

What did you think about Kolb’s day? Would you have preferred to see Peyton Manning get the nod? Perhaps Matt Schaub deserved the honors for a second time this season. Was Jeremy Maclin the best Eagle on the field Sunday? Sound off below.

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