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Monday Morning QB (cont.)

Posted: Monday November 27, 2006 8:52AM; Updated: Monday November 27, 2006 1:06PM
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The Awards Section

Vince Young threw for a career-high 249 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Titans to a dramatic 24-21 win over the Giants.
Vince Young threw for a career-high 249 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Titans to a dramatic 24-21 win over the Giants.
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Offensive Players of the Week

Tony Romo, QB, Dallas. Five touchdowns. No interceptions. Dallas, 38-10. Fifth NFL start. The legend grows.

Vince Young, QB, Tennessee. In a coming-of-age performance helped by some of the stupidest football this side of the Pecos by the Giants, Young led four fourth-quarter scoring drives to spur the Titans to a 24-21 win over New York. He succeeded because he used his legs, running 10 times for 69 yards. He also completed 24 of 35 throws for 249 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. I never thought I would say this, but in his rookie year, for one game, Vince Young had a quarterback rating over 100.

Defensive Players of the Week

Adalius Thomas, LB, Baltimore. If you take my word for one thing that I write this season, loyal readers, take this to the bank: Adalius Thomas is one of the best defensive players in the NFL, even if you haven't heard of him much. His 57-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the third quarter gave the Ravens insurance points in their shocking 27-0 dismantling of the once-proud Steelers.  His four tackles, two quarterbacks hits and one sack contributed to the mayhem inflicted on Pittsburgh's woozy offense. For more on Thomas, allow me to give you this shameless plug: Read "The Bonus'' that I wrote about Thomas, a 6-2, 270-pound linebacker who poses as a safety, defensive lineman and, very occasionally, cornerback.

Junior Seau, LB, New England. This noble man, playing some his the best football of the second half of his terrific 17-year career, was driving Chicago running back Thomas Jones into the ground on a second-quarter tackle when he -- apparently -- suffered a broken bone in his right arm, which quite likely will knock him out for the year. And maybe his career. After 10 weeks, his 69 tackles was second on the Super Bowl-contending Patriots, and he'd provided an infusion of vigor and an anvil-like presence at linebacker. And did you see what he did when he walked off the field with an air cast on his right forearm? He mouthed the words "Thank you'' several times to an adoring crowd. Seau knew this might be the last time he walked off a football field in his life, and he did it with dignity and honor.

Special Teams Players of the Week

J.J. Arrington, RB/KR, Arizona. If you follow the Cardinals, you know they're likely to get somewhere between zero to 13 points out of their offensive on a given day. So when the kick returner slices and dices and runs the opening kickoff back 99 yards in the first 16 seconds of the game, it helps. Of course it didn't end up saving the Cards, but it was a terrific, textbook example of a return that gave his team life.

Roscoe Parrish, PR, Buffalo. Is there a quicker lightning bolt in this league than Parrish? He showed it during a twisting, shifting 82-yard punt return for touchdown against Jacksonville, a crucial play in the Bills' three-point upset of the Jags.

Coach of the Week

Herman Edwards, Kansas City. "This is what the playoffs feel like,'' Edwards said after the 19-10 win over the Broncos left the Chiefs 7-4 ... and 5-1 since Edwards changed the Chiefs into a running team. Edwards recognized exactly what the Chiefs needed to do to win, particularly with quarterback Trent Green hurt, and that's to put the offensive load on Larry Johnson. He's delivered: In the last six games, he's gained 845 rushing yards.

Goats of the Week

Mathias Kiwanuka, DE, New York Giants. In one of the dumbest and most inexcusable plays in NFL history -- and one which will take its place alongside the Joe Pisarcik fumble in 1978 in dubious Giants' lore -- Kiwanuka inexcusably gave Tennessee life when it was dead with 2:40 left in the Titans-Giants game. On fourth-and-10 from the Tennessee 24 and the Giants up 21-14, all New York had to do was stop the Titans from converting to clinch the game. From the shotgun, Young was looking for a receiving target when Kiwanuka, the rookie defensive end from Boston College, wrapped Young up by the mid-torso and began to drive him to the turf for a game-clinching sack. BUT THEN HE STOPPED DRIVING YOUNG BACK AND SIMPLY LET HIM GO, TO THE GASPING SHOCK OF EVERYONE IN THE STADIUM. And Young ran for 19, and then led Tennessee to a tying touchdown with 49 seconds left.

Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants. (Look, I wouldn't attempt to put any mortal in the same category as Kiwanuka, because he made the dumbest play of this NFL season. But Manning has to take a hit for what he did next.) We pick up from the tying Tennessee touchdown, with the entire Giants' sideline in stunned disbelief. Manning, playing the shakiest football of his three-year career, faded back with 32 seconds left and threw an interception right into the hands of Titans cornerback Pacman Jones. What's the one thing a quarterback can't do in this situation? Throw an interception in his own territory, of course. Jones picked it at the Giants' 49 and Vince Young completed two passes to get in Rob Bironas' field-goal range. Bironas' 49-yarder with 11 seconds left handed the Giants a ridiculous defeat.


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