QB Game Ball - Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay - 23/41, 303 yards, 2 TD
It's not easy to outplay Drew Brees these days, but that's what Freeman did on Sunday. Sure, Bree threw for more yards but he also had three interceptions while Freeman had none. And more importantly for Freeman, the Bucs beat the Saints and are now tied with them at the top of NFC South. The Tampa defense deserves credit for holding New Orleans to 20 points and Earnest Graham stepped up and rushed for 109 yards. But it is Freeman that is leading this team and needed a good game after an ugly loss last week to the Niners.
QB Honorable Mention - Jay Cutler, Chicago - 21/31, 267 yards, 2 TD (incredible what you can do when you are actually standing up.)
RB Game Ball - Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh - 23 carries, 146 yards, 1 TD
After missing a game with a hamstring injury, Mendenhall was back on the field Sunday and led the Steelers over the Jaguars. It was the kind of game that has been typical of Pittsburgh for years - get a big lead, play solid defense and then just run the ball. The Steelers completed just one pass in the second half while Mendenhall carried the ball 11 times. While it may have been a close win against a weak Jacksonville team, the Steelers look to be getting on track with Mendenhall driving the train.
RB Honorable Mention - Michael Turner, Atlanta - 27 carries, 139 yards, 2 TD (scored five times in last three games.)
WR Game Ball - Anquan Boldin, Baltimore - 8 catches, 132 yards
After catching just one pass last weeke againt the Jets, Boldin had his best game of the year on Sunday. It was his first 100+ performance although he has not scored since week one. Still, it is obvious that the Ravens can do a little bit of everything. Ray Rice ran for 101 yards and Joe Flacco finished the day with 305 passing yards. And of course the Baltimore defense played tough, holding the Texans to just 14 points.
WR Honorable Mention - Marques Colston, New Orleans - 7 catches, 118 yards, 1 TD (no problem coming back from injury.)
THE GAME-USED SOCK AWARD
Jim Harbaugh, Coach, San Francisco and Jim Swartz, Coach, Detroit
After a tough fought game between two of the league's top teams, the coaches got into a 'fight'. Okay, it was more of a little shove of a handshake followed by some chasing and shouting while some assistant coaches held back their respective head coaches. Not really much of a fight. And nothing compared to the game played between these two young and very talented teams. But afterwards, it was all anyone wanted to talk about. A few weeks ago the biggest story in the NFL was about Hank Williams Jr. getting fired. Now it's about a couple of coaches yelling at each other. Wait until you see what Madonna does during the Superbowl! Maybe the coaches don't really deserve a stinky sock. Maybe Hank Jr. and Madonna don't either. Maybe I do for thinking that the NFL was actually about playing football.
Stinky Sock Honorable Mention - Brandon Marshall, WR, Miami - 6 catches, 109 yards, 0 ejections (should have been thrown out for dropping passes.)
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