Monday, December 14, 2009

Rookie Battle Royale: Week 14

I don’t really have much on the rookie front this week due to a number of injuries as well as a few that just didn’t perform. To be honest, the only rookies worth talking about were Hakeem Nicks and Austin Collie, which was disappointing, but we can look forward to next week when the playoff picture comes more into focus. Harvin was out with Migraines this week, and Sanchez may be back with the team as well. Stafford is still hurting from the shoulder injury he had, and Freeman might as well have been injured this week.

At this point I don’t think there is much Moreno, Sanchez or Stafford can do to overcome Harvin's case for rookie of the year, unless some how he loses the division title for the Vikings in the last game or something. On the defensive side, Brian Cushing is pretty much wrecking people on a weekly basis, so right now, I don’t think there is any question there either.

Its too bad that there isnt a second year player of the year award because Chris Johnson deserves some sort of hardware for his season. Manning or Brees will win MVP, but holy crap, Johnson has been ridiculous.

Lastly, it also looks as if the Steelers are not going to make the playoffs. That is pretty shocking considering how much of a favorite they have been since the beginning. However, when you lose to the Bengals (twice), the Raiders, the Browns and the Chiefs, maybe you need to rethink some strategies. That means a new champ this year, so I am even more excited than normal. The Vikings proved they are ready to play on the big time this week against cincy, even without Harvin and Tyrell Johnson in their weak secondary. After being torched by Arizona, im not sure if they can play against a team like New Orleans or Indy, but I guess we will see.


  1. I nominate DeSean Jackson for second year awesome award.

  2. DeSean was phenominal last night against the "Mighty Giants!" I have never seen such acceleration in a player for a long time! That guy has talent and good pickup for the Eagles last year!!

  3. I think Clay Matthews just called, he's wondering why you haven't mentioned his name?

  4. Cushing - 112 Tkl 3 Int 2.5 Sacks 2 Forced fum

    Matthews - 40 tkl 8.0 sacks 1 FF

    Thats why.

  5. Good point, however you failed to mention that Matthews has also scored a touchdown and is on a winning ball club, 9-4 vs. 6-7. O and another thing, I am also guessing the Texans have been on defense quite a bit more than the Packers this season due to their mediocrity. With that said, you can't take away Cushing's totals, however, if I'm a voter for Defensive Rookie of the Year, I am voting for the a player whose impact has resulted in W's not just tackles.