Some folks balled and some folks bombed. Without further adieu, here are the Ballers and Wankstas of the week!
Ballers Of The Week
Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants (31/45, 349 yards, 2 TDs)
Eli carried his team. Usually, Eli needs the running game to get going to have big games like this. But in this game, his team was down to the Dolphins and his running game was suffering. Eli put on his Superman cape and saved the day. I gotta tip my hat to him.
LaSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (30 carries, 185 yards, 2 TDs)
McCoy played great. He was breaking ankles like Allen Iverson used to in his heyday. I hope Andy Reid was taking notes of this game because if the Eagles are gonna make a run, McCoy is the most important piece to that run.
Anquan Boldin, WR, Baltimore Ravens (7 receptions, 145 yards)
The Ravens were getting blasted at halftime. All hope looked lost. The Cardinals were destroying them. And then, like a light switch, Boldin turned it on. He played like the All-Pro that he is. Hopefully we get to see this Boldin the rest of the year.
Buffalo Bills Defense
The Bills have been a team that hasn't been able to put pressure on the QB all year despite their success so far. Well, a change of scenery and the Redskins as opposition did them just well. The Bills came out and shutout the Redskins 23-0 in front of the excited crowd in Toronto. They also produced 9 sacks. Let's see if they keep this up.
Wankstas Of The Week
Phillip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers
Rivers hadn't played well all game. He had some turnovers, missed some open passes and just overall was off all game. Then the light switch turned on in the 4th quarter. He was making great plays outside the pocket, penetrating the Chiefs' defense with pinpoint accuracy. He had drove the Chargers down to kick the game-winning field goal. Then, inexplicably, he fumbles the ball on a QB/center exchange. This, in effect, cost the Chargers a chance to win this game with a field goal. The Chargers went on to lose by a field goal in overtime. You think this game is going to be on his mind for a while?
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks (16 carries, 24 yards)
Lynch was a huge addition to the Seahawks during the trade deadline last year. In fact, he rumbled to one of the biggest and earth-rattling scores ever in football last year. Well, fast forward to this year and he's not getting it done. He's starring in the remake of "Disappearing Acts" because he's nowhere to be found in the Seattle running game. Come on Marshawn. Its time to go Beast Mode and not Sleep Mode.
Dallas Cowboys Team
The Cowboys were just flat-out outplayed in Philly. I guess they forgot that the running game was the key to winning and that the Eagles weakness was defending the run. Another thing that I noticed is the Cowboys couldn't find TE Brent Celek anywhere on the field. Celek should have been arrested for abuse because he was wearing Keith Brooking out. I actually felt sad for Brooking. A proud LB that has just lost it now. The Cowboys need to get it together or they could find themselves on the outside looking in and missing the playoffs again.
These are my Ballers and Wankstas of the week. If you feel you have a Baller or Wanksta that you didn't see on the list and would like to add them, feel free to drop a comment with your Baller or Wanksta.