Monday, October 03, 2011

Game Balls and Penalty Flags- Week 4

The NFL is finished with their first quarter (Quarter Report coming later this week) and only the Packers and Lions remain undefeated. Lot of crazy things happened yesterday, both good and bad so lets hand out some game balls and penalty flags.


Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay: What he did yesterday was just ridiculous! Rodgers threw for a career high 408 yards to go with a career high tying four TD passes and ran for another 36 yards scoring two more TDs. Just downright impressive.

Mike Martz, Bears Offensive Coordinator: Martz has never liked his teams to run the ball and his pass happy philosophy has cost him many games so when he allowed his offense to actually run the ball leading to a win, we have to recognize that. Plus, Chicago averaged 7.2 yards per carry with Matt Forte taking the majority of the load with 205 yards on 25 carries.

Arian Foster, Houston: Battling injuries the first few weeks, Foster ran for 155 yards and the go-ahead TD. Looks like the defending rushing champ is fully healthy.

Ravens Defense: Baltimore's three touchdowns on defense were the most in franchise history. Jameel McClain took a fumble six yards for a score on New York's first offensive play when Ed Reed sacked Mark Sanchez forcing him to fumble, Jarret Johnson scored on a 26-yard fumble return and Lardarius Webb put the Ravens up 34-17 in the third quarter by taking an interception 73 yards into the end zone.

Jim Harbaugh, 49ers Head Coach: Harbaugh is working his magic in the NFL now. The team worked out all week in Youngstown, OH instead of going back to the West Coast prior to the Philly game. The Niners overcame a 20 point deficit to upend the self-proclaimed "Dream Team." Harbaugh's crew is 3-1.


Steelers Defense: The once proud Steel Curtain is showing its age and lack of quickness. They have only one takeaway this season. At 2-2 with many injuries, Pittsburgh is reeling.

Rob Ryan, Cowboys Defense Coordinator: He declared earlier this week that his defense did not need to double team Lions WR Calvin Johnson. Even on a play where the Cowboys defense had 12 men on the field, they chose single coverage on Johnson as he and QB Matt Stafford toasted them. It may be time to stop talking a good game and designing one for your defense.

Tony Romo, Cowboys QB: Being the new Brett Favre is not really something to be proud of. Romo sprayed the ball all over the field tossing three INTs with two being returned for scores while blowing a 14 point fourth quarter lead.

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