Just a couple days until the weekend so let’s look back at this past week and find the studs and duds who made the headlines in the sports section. Tough week choosing the champs as there were a lot of quality contenders, but there’s no participation trophies in my articles so we kept it to the usual amount. The duds made it a little easy on me. So here we go, the nominees are…
Champ: Aaron Rodgers
24-35 333 yards, 5 TD’s, 0 Turnovers, 78.0 QBR, 138.5 Passer Rating
At this point, you could put Aaron Rodgers in the “Champ” category on a weekly basis. The guy just flat out produces and is, in my opinion, the best quarterback in football. As ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith would say, Rodgers is “A bad, bad man.” Heading into the season everyone wondered how big a void the injury to wide receiver Jordy Nelson would cause, but through three weeks, Rodgers and the Packers offense haven’t missed a beat. Monday night was no exception as the Packers offense made a very tough defense look average, especially in the passing game. While Rodger’s success isn’t surprising to anyone, the numbers he has put up at home are incredible and damn near unbeatable. In his last sixteen home starts, Rodgers has thrown 43 touchdowns without throwing an interception, not a single one! Dominance like that makes Lambeau Field one of the toughest places to play, and the Packers know it. Watch out if the Pack gets home field throughout the NFC Playoffs.
A.J. Green- 10 catches for 227 yards and 2 touchdowns in a road win over the Baltimore Ravens to help Cincinnati improve to 3-0.
Leonard Fournette- 26 carries for 244 yards, 2 touchdowns in a win vs Syracuse propelling Fournette to the top of the Heisman leaderboard.
Devonta Freeman- 30 carries for 147 yards, 3 touchdowns and 5 catches for 54 receiving yards in a come from behind road win at Dallas.
Chump: Saturday Night’s PAC 12 Football Games
#9 UCLA-56 @ #16 Arizona-30, #18 Utah-62 @ #13 Oregon-20, #19 USC-42 @ Arizona St-14
If you’re a big college football fan like myself, then you probably were looking forward to catching a lot of the PAC 12 lineup this past Saturday night. Living in the Midwest, I don’t get a chance to see very much of the PAC 12 like I do with the power houses on the Eastern side of the United States, so these three matchups featuring 5 ranked teams definitely caught my attention. The PAC 12 seems to be wide open this year, with a lot of strong teams competing for the conference championship. Naturally, one would assume these games would be absolute dogfights, featuring back and forth scoring with the loser likely to be whoever had to settle for a field goal first, right? Instead, we saw three games where the home teams all got absolutely skunked by their opponent by an average of 35 points per game. While I offer a huge congrats to the winners who showed they are more than likely the top dogs in the conference, and perhaps have a shot at making the College Football Playoff, it definitely was a major dud overall as I’m sure most viewers decided to reach for the remote during the second half.
Jonathan Papelbon and Bryce Harper- Papelbon put Harper in a choke hold after the two exchanged words in the dugout. More fight than the team has shown on the field since the trade deadline.
Oregon Football- Lost 62-20 at home to Utah, their biggest home loss since 1977.
Brandon Marshall’s attempted lateral- While it wasn”t as bad as the “butt fumble”, Marshall made a poor choice to make a play when he lateraled the ball to a Philadelphia defender while the Jets were driving. The Jets went on to lose by 7.