More great NFL football action this weekend. Some unexpected winners, some disappointing losers, but there's always the Ballers and the Wankstas of the Week.
Ballers of the Week
Shaun Hill, QB, Detroit Lions ( 21/32, 227 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs)
Shaun Hill came out and took it to the Rams from the jump. He utilized all his weapons and he was a calm and steady force to an otherwise erratic offense. Plus, he played mistake-free football. You can't ask anymore of your starting QB.
Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears ( 22 carries, 166 yards, 2 TDs)
Forte proved that he hasn't forgotten how to run the ball. He basically was the offense because of the extreme ineffectiveness of the passing game.
Hakeem Nicks, WR, New York Giants ( 12 receptions, 130 yards, 2 TDs)
Nicks came out and went to work on the Texans secondary. Every week, he is proving more and more that he can be the guy that Eli can depend on and showing the Giants organization that they made the right choice by drafting him in the first round.
Kroy Biermann, DE, Atlanta Falcons
Biermann made perhaps the defensive play of the year when he anticipated a screen pass and jumped up and deflected it. But that isn't all he did. He followed the flight of the ball and intercepted it, fell to the ground, got back up and rumbled 31 yards for the game-sealing TD. The last 4 or 5 yards, he drug a Cleveland Browns player into the end zone. Now, if this play doesn't personify smarts, heart and desire then I don't know what does.
Wankstas of the Week
Todd Collins, QB, Chicago Bears ( 6/16, 32 yards, 0 TDs, 4 INTs)
I didn't think QB play could get any worse than what I've already seen this year in the NFL, but I was wrong. Collins may as well have been playing for the Panthers because he completed almost as many passes to them as he did to his own team. Jay Cutler better get back in the lineup as soon as possible.
Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers ( 18 carries, 52 yards, 0 rushing TDs, 2 fumbles)
Gore couldn't get on track running the ball. I can understand that somewhat with the style of offense that the 49ers run. What I cannot understand and what is inexcusable is the turnovers. Gore put the ball on the ground twice, killing crucial drives for the 49ers when they were moving the ball and nearing getting back in the game. As an offensive leader on that team, he has to do better.
St. Louis Defense
Anytime you almost give up 50 points, especially against the Lions, then you have to make the Wanksta list. The play that epitomizes the day for the Rams defense was when Shaun Hill threw a short pass to Nate Burleson, he zigged and zagged his way all the way to the end zone without even one Ram touching him. He wouldn't have even been tackled if they were playing two-hand touch football. That's a shame.
Chargers Punt Team
This is the second time a special teams unit from the Chargers has made the Wanksta list. They allowed two punts to be blocked, accounting for a safety and a TD for the Raiders. Obviously, the special teamers that are on this team don't value their job. If I was Norv Turner, I would put some of my starters on special teams and I would have also fired my special teams coach. Apparently, his message isn't getting through to the players.
Anyone else got any people you feel should be added to the Ballers or Wankstas list for the week?