[caption id="attachment_18278" align="aligncenter" width="480"] Nick Roth / CapeGazette.com[/caption] In the NFL the media tends to focus most of their attention towards who had the most sacks, most touchdowns and other noticeable plays. However there are many players who may not be household names who have made a great impact in helping their respective team chase the win. Keep reading below to find out who didn't receive enough credit for their effort in victory or defeat. Please note: regular elite players will not feature.
- Calais Campbell - RE (Arizona Cardinals) This young stud defensive end was a game changer in the Cardinals 20-18 victory over the Patriots by stopping everything that came his way. He not only sacked Tom Brady two times he also made four other defensive stops, significantly stalling that Patriots offence.
- Kamerion Wimbley - RE (Tennessee Titans) Wimbley certainly wasn't the reason the Titans lost this football game as he was one of the best pass rushers this week. Wimbley had an incredible nine quarterback hurries. Extraordinary effort considering Wimbley only rushed the quarterback 32 times.
- DeMeco Ryans - MLB (Philadelphia Eagles) For a middle linebacker Ryans had a ridiculous game. So much so that I definitively believe he was the reason the Eagles beat the Ravens. Ryans had a sack, an interception and seven tackles for stops. He was also thrown at six times and only gave up 20 yards. Looks like yet again the Eagles are on the winning end of yet another trade after receiving Ryans from Houston.
- J.J Watt - LE (Houston Texans) JJ Watt is your current defensive player of the year after coming up massive in week one and two. In week two Watt accounted for two sacks, two batted passes, two QB hits and five stops. This is only from 40 snaps too. If he keeps up this pace he should be a superstar by year's end.
- Frank Alexander - RE (Carolina Panthers)
So here is a no name coming up big in limited opportunities. Alexander only rushed Drew Brees 25 times and was super effective coming up with four QB hurries, a QB hit and a batted pass. Look for him to blitz more in the coming weeks.
- Pierre Thomas - RB (New Orleans Saints) On only nine runs Pierre Thomas made his way to a total of 110 yards at an average of 12.2 yards per carry. Thomas had a long of 48 on the day which sure helped the equation however after creating seven missed tackles it cemented Thomas's week as elite.
- Cordy Glenn - LT (Buffalo Bills) Glenn had a great day out in Buffalo. He held Tamba Hali sack-less and ensured Ryan Fitzpatrick was under no pressure all day long. To back things up he also performed outstanding in the run game providing an average of 7.8 yards per carry when CJ Spiller carried the ball behind Glenn. Outstanding.
- Donnie Avery - WR (Indianapolis Colts) In what is Indy's first win of the year Avery really was the offense for the Colts. He was thrown at 10 times by Andrew Luck and he hauled in nine of those. This included a 41 yarder against the Vikings number one CB Antoine Winfield.
- Michael Vick - QB (Philadelphia Eagles) I'm sure plenty of Eagles fans lamented Vick after his second interception, but he made up for it with a huge day passing the ball. Vick did what many quarterbacks fear to do in the NFL and that is throw long. Normally quarterbacks yards are piled with YAC (yards after the catch) but Vick went 14-17 for passes 10 yards and over which is very impressive.
- Ben Tate - RB (Houston Texans) It's great when you can count on two guys to perform in the running game as Foster and Tate have been. Ben Tate only saw 22 snaps and had a yards per carry average of 6.2 from 12 carries, including two touchdowns. Tate also had 4 receptions in which he gained 30 YAC (yards after the catch).
Dud of the Week
- Buster Skrine - CB (Cleveland Browns) Wow this guy had one bad day. Skrine had the ball thrown at him nine times for eight receptions in which he allowed 100 yards with 58 yards after the catch. When you also add on three missed tackles he had an awful day. This is what happens when Cleveland's best player, Joe Haden, isn't in the lineup.
Some Surprising Statistics Heading Into Week 3...
- Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz are each number one in the NFL for receiving yards with 237. Danny Amendola is third whilst TE Brent Celek is fourth.
- Ryan Fitzpatrick, the quarterback from the Buffalo Bills is throwing a touchdown every 5.6 completed passes.
- Drew Brees has only completed 55 of 101 passes this season.
- Carson Palmer at his current rate will break the single season passing record.
- There are only six unbeaten teams left with two from the NFC West and four from the NFC.
- Clay Matthews has six sacks on the season. Three More than his next opponent.
- Washington Redskins have scored the most points this season under RGIII. They have also conceded the 3rd most points which is sure to get worse after the losses of Orakpo and Carriker.
What are your thoughts?. Was there someone you thought helped your team win who didn't get the credit they deserve?.