Patrick Daugherty

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Game Balls

Julio Jones

What did bracket coverage and a bum knee do to Julio Jones Sunday evening? Limit him to six catches for 108 yards. The NFL’s still-leading receiver has now posted three consecutive 100-yard games, running his season line to 33/481/2. That’s despite the fact that he’s gotten in extremely little practice time, and been running alongside a No. 2 receiver limited to decoy duties (Roddy White). Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff was looking for a game-changing player when he traded up to get Jones at No. 6 in 2011. What he got was a truly special one.   

Brian Hoyer

Hoyer has thrown for five touchdowns through his first two starts. That’s something Brandon Weeden has never accomplished in any two-game stretch, and part of the reason Hoyer has put a stranglehold on Browns starting duties just four months after being waived by the Cardinals and going unclaimed. Hoyer attacks, getting the ball out quickly, usually to one of his top two targets, Jordan Cameron and Josh Gordon. His style pales in comparison to Weeden’s, who often looks like he’s trying to remember where he left his keys. The final mistake of the Mike Holmgren era will be watching from the bench with his reading glasses on for the foreseeable future.   

Jerome Felton

It’s like’s Patrick Crawley said: Adrian Peterson’s lead blocker returned from his three-game suspension, and AD did this. We’ll never know if Felton’s absence was the reason Peterson averaged “just” 93.6 yards and 4.1 yards per carry over his first three games. What we do know is that AD sure looks glad to have him back.

Stats of the Week  

Every one of Peyton Manning’s stats. The most unbelievable start you will ever see.

The Texans have as many defensive touchdowns as the Jaguars do offensive touchdowns. Matt Schaub has also thrown as many pick sixes as the Texans have returned.

Schaub has attempted 177 passes, the second most in the NFL. None of them have gone farther than 32 yards.

Russell Wilson has attempted 86 fewer passes than Sam Bradford.

Andrew Luck has rushed for more yards than Robert Griffin III, and only 14 fewer than Colin Kaepernick.

Alex Smith has as many rushes as Ray Rice (30), but is averaging 2.0 more yards per carry (5.0 to 3.0).

A.J. Green has nine more targets than Torrey Smith, but 135 fewer yards. Jordy Nelson has 28 fewer targets than A.J. Green, but just 11 fewer yards. The Andy Dalton effect.

Wes Welker’s six touchdowns are already as many as he had in 2012.

Julio Jones’ 205 yards after the catch are 30 more than anyone else in football.

Maurice Jones-Drew has fewer fantasy points than Andre Ellington.

Award Section

Most Absurd Moment of Week 4: This throw by Matt Schaub. In that situation … at home. Schaub’s best days are long behind him, and the Texans are the second best team in the AFC South because of it.

Least Valuable Player, Non-Gabbert Division: Still Blaine Gabbert. Gabbert’s 4.48 yards per attempt is less than half of Peyton Manning’s. It would be tied for 21st in yards per carry. It’s to the point where Jimmy Clausen would be an upgrade. Enough already.  

The Most Hot And Cold Hands Award: Kenbrell Thompkins cares not for your perfect pass in stride. A circus ball in the end zone, however? Those he can work with.

The Jay Are You Still With Us Award: Jay Cutler was supposed to be a new quarterback under Marc Trestman, and at times has appeared to be one. After his four-turnover Sunday, though, he’s now on pace for as many giveaways (32) as touchdowns (32). Let’s rein it in, Jay.

The Your Season Has Become an SNL Digital Short Award: Eli Manning’s 2013 will be as memorable for its baffled sideline expressions as its “football.”

Fantasy All Pro Team

QB Peyton Manning, RB Adrian Peterson, RB Reggie Bush, WR Victor Cruz, WR Torrey Smith, WR Andre Johnson, TE Tony Gonzalez, TE Antonio Gates  

Patrick Daugherty is a football and baseball writer for He can be found on Twitter .
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