Monday Morning QB (cont.)
Posted: Sunday November 18, 2007 11:19PM; Updated: Monday November 19, 2007 3:06PM
The Awards Section
Offensive Players of the Week
Dallas WR Terrell Owens, whose eight catches for 173 yards and four touchdowns drove a stake through the Redskins' hearts in Dallas.
His impact goes far beyond scoring all the TDs in the Cowboys' 28-23 victory. He's become a beacon and a leader in a locker room full of young players, and in 26 games in Dallas over the last two years, he's scored 25 touchdowns.
New England WR Randy Moss. One half: Eight catches, 112 yards, four touchdowns ... and one pass defensed. That's right, all in the first half of New England's rout of the Bills. Bill Belichick put him in to play deep safety on the final play of the first half, with New England up 35-7, and he batted down the Hail Mary from J.P. Losman. Dude's living a charmed life.
Minnesota G Steve Hutchinson. No Adrian Peterson? No problem. Chester Taylor, running in place of the injured Peterson, steamrolled the Raiders for 164 yards on 22 carries, a 7.5-yard average (a yard more than Peterson's seasonal average), and Taylor used the wall formed in large part by the best guard in football, Hutchinson. In Hutchinson's 94 NFL starts between Seattle and Minnesota, 48 have featured 100-yard games by a back running behind him ... and Sunday's 164-yard day by Taylor was a perfect example of how Hutchinson, the left guard, center Matt Birk and left tackle Bryant McKinnie paved the way for Taylor to find holes.
"In this offense, this is what we do,'' Hutchinson said via the cell phone after the game. "The train doesn't stop because we lose a great player. Chester ran for over 1,000 yards last year. We know what we do well on offense, and this is our niche.''
Defensive Players of the Week
New York Giants DE Michael Strahan. Taking advantage of a mismatch against backup right tackle Brent Saipaia, Strahan had all three of the Giants' sacks and tormented Jon Kitna into hurrying his throws several other times during the game. Despite missing training camp, Strahan looks like he's reprising the years when he was in the teens in sacks all the time.
Arizona CB Antrel Rolle, for his three-interception denuding of Carson Palmer, running back two of them for touchdowns. A third TD on a return was taken away because of a hit on Palmer away from the play that the officials deemed over-the-top. "Carson's a great quarterback,'' Rolle told me Sunday night. "He knows how to look off a corner.'' Well, if Palmer's really good, then what is Rolle? He showed excellent hands and nifty return ability. Strange thing is, he'd had but two interceptions in 30 previous pro games.
Special Teams Player of the Week
Miami WR/PR Ted Ginn Jr. Nice weekend for current and former Buckeyes. After Ohio State's annual win over Michigan on Saturday, Ginn was Miami's total offense in the Dolphins' 17-7 loss in Philadelphia, weaving and dashing through the Eagles for an 87-yard touchdown on a punt return.
Coach of the Week
Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy. No Packer coach has had a better first 26 games than McCarthy, who, after the rout of Carolina, is 17-9 at the start of his Green Bay career. Vince Lombardi was 16-10 after 26 games.