This week brought some pretty good action, but brought even better candidates for the ballers and wanskstas of the week. So, without further adieu, here are the ballers and wanskstas of Week 4 in the NFL season.
Ballers of the Week
LaDanlian Tomlinson, RB, New York Jets ( 19 carries, 133 yards, 2 TDs)
Whoever said LT was done was wrong. He is running like he's 21 and not 31 and he has given the Jets a consistent running game and a huge threat in the backfield.
Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers (7 catches, 144 yards, 2 TDs)
Gates ran circles around the Cardinals defense and continued the defensive woes of the Cardinals. Rivers to Gates is becoming the most special combination in the game.
Kyle Orton, QB, Denver Broncos ( 35/50, 341 yards, 2 TDs, 1 Int)
Kyle Orton's performance was special because he pretty much was the offense for the Broncos. The Titans knew the Broncos were going to throw the ball and he still passed for over 300 yards and threw the game-winning touchdown.
Patrick Chung, S, New England Patriots ( FG block, Punt block and an interception for a TD)
Patrick Chung recovered from getting beat earlier in the game for a TD in a big way. He showed that special teams really do matter and he used his ability on special teams and defense to turn the game around.
Wankstas of the Week
Lawrence Maroney/Correll Buckhalter, RB, Denver Broncos ( 17 carries, 8 yards combined)
Maroney and Buckhalter may as well have been receivers because they sure didn't help their QB in the running game. The Broncos may have problems running the ball, but I can't believe they are so bad that two running backs combined have less yards that the quarterback (Kyle Orton ran for 11 yards). I see a collapse coming soon in Denver.
Randy Moss, WR, Patriots ( 0 catches)
Randy may as well stayed in New England for the weekend. Against a secondary that isn't very strong, Moss just seemed to be not into it. Is this a sign of things to come in New England?
Kyle Orton, QB, Denver Broncos
Orton isn't a wanksta because of his play, its because of his mouth. He said this after the game Sunday: " This was a good win and we were the tougher team. They say the Titans are a tough team, but they are cheap. Anytime a player gets his helmet knocked off and has punches being swung at him." I watched the game and at no time did the Titans play dirty. If playing hard is dirty, than the Titans are dirty. If playing to the whistle is dirty, than the Titans are dirty. If giving 100% every play is dirty, than the Titans are dirty. This just sounds like a symptom of what is going on in the NFL: the wussification of football. And also, if you're going to say something about a cheap team, please give more detail or give an example that is true.
Dolphins Special Teams
I didn't know it was possible to play so bad in one game that the coach gets fired. Well, the Dolphins special teams achieved that feat with their performance Monday. Anytime you allow a field goal and punt to be block and a kickoff to be returned for a touchdown, then obviously your coach wasn't doing his job.
***Special Wanksta Notice goes out to Nate Clements. He won and lost a game on one play. If you don't know what happened, then I will explain. Nate Clements is a cornerback for the 49ers. The 49ers were up 14-13 with the Falcons trying to drive down the field for the winning score. Matt Ryan throws an interception to Clements. All Clements has to do is slide down and the 49ers can run out the clock and the game is over, but he decides he wants to try and pad his stats with a TD and ends up getting stripped from behind by Falcons WR Roddy White and the Falcons march down the field for the game-winning field goal. Team first Nate. Boy oh boy, he is the biggest wanksta of the week.