Penthouse to Outhouse - Week 11
I'll post this thread on Mondays since we have other weekly posts on Tue, Thur, Fri. If somebody from the Monday night game deserves a Penthouse suite, or a not so comfy seat in the outhouse, state your case right here. I found 9 Outhouse spots this week, is there anyone that you saw who deserves the 10th spot?
There were a lot of good performances this week which makes it tough to decide who gets the 5 Penthouse Suites. Aaron Rodgers has attained "Elvis" status and gets his own Penthouse floor (just like Elvis in Las Vegas), so he doesn't qualify for a suite. Here are my Penthouse Sweets and my Outhouse Stinkers for Week #11.
(Suite 1A) Tim Tebow's 95 yd game winning drive - After amassing a whopping 134 yards of offense in the first 55 minutes of the game, the Denver Broncos offense awakened from hibernation and went into Tebow time. Tebow ran, and yes ... passed his way down the field to set up a dramatic 20 yd TD jaunt, sending the Broncos to a stunning win over the Jets. Welcome Rex ... to getting Tebow-ed.
(Suite 2A) Matt Stafford - It looked like he was going to spend another week in the outhouse after throwing two early int's and seeing his team fall behind to the lowly Carolina Panthers 24-7. But doing his best Jim Kelly impression, Stafford rallied. He completed 28-36 (77.7%) passes for 335 yds while throwing 5 TD passes. He brought his team back from a 17 point deficit to a much needed 49-35 victory.
(Suite 3A) Jay Cutler - Cutler was mind numbing with some of the throws he made vs San Diego. He carried the day on offense. His TD throw to Johnny Knox in the 3rd Qtr was jaw dropping sensational. Cutler finished 18-31 for 286 yds 2 TD and 1 TD run. He moved around the pocket with poise, got the ball out, and wasn't sacked the entire game. He might have played the 2nd half with a broken thumb.
(Suite 4A) Kevin Smith - Kevin Smith wasn't even playing football 1 month ago. The Lions signed him 3 weeks ago. All Smith did in his first start was carry the ball 16x for 140 yds (8.8 avg) and 2 TDs. He also caught 4 passes for 61 yds and a TD. Not bad while knocking the rust off!
(Suite 5A) Tony Romo- Tony must like the Suites, this is his 2nd consecutive week staying here. Romo carried the Cowboys to a divisional road win and now his team has a share of the NFC East lead. Without much of a running game, Tony went 23-37 for 292 yds, throwing 3 TDs without turning the ball over. He avoided many times the blitzes that the Redskins threw at him and made big time throws. Romo is playing very good football which makes the Cowboys a dangerous team. Can "Good Tony" keep "Bad Tony" from making another appearance this season?
(Special Weekend Stay Suite) LeGarrette Blount - His 54 yd TD run was beastly, very Marshawn Lynch like from last year's playoffs. That single play gets him a Suite for the weekend. Well done!!
9. DeSean Jackson - His selfishness hurts this team and it isn't helping his cause in getting a new contract. Be a pro, play ball without being selfish. His taunting penalty after a 50+ yd catch was embarrassing and could have cost his team the game.
8. SF 49ers FG Unit - Had 2 FGs blocked and missed 1 kick in the first half. They got away with it against a bad team but that could get them beat down the road.
7. Carolina Panthers Defense - This unit fell apart after the Panthers took a 24-7 lead. They allowed 21 4th Qtr points (49 total), 495 yds of offense, 54% conversion on 3rd down, and 5 TD passes.
6. Phillip Rivers 4th Qtr Picks - After playing a near flawless game, Rivers reverted back to poor decision making and poor throws. The result was two int's that cost the Chargers an opportunity to win the game and stop a 4 game losing streak. His first pick came right after the Charger defense intercepted Cutler and took it down to the Bears 16 yd line. Both int's were inexcusable for a Pro Bowl QB.
5. Mark Sanchez Pick Six - The Jets were seemingly on their way to an ugly win when Sanchez made a horrible decision (3rd Qtr) which resulted in a pick six. If the Jets would have just run the ball every snap at that time of the game and punted every possession, they would have won the game. Sanchez had the wheel route open vs man coverage but locked into one receiver and the Jets paid for it dearly. Could be the play that keeps the Jets out of the playoffs this year.
4. John Skelton - He's not a household name but he is the stating QB for the Cardinals now. Skelton was awful vs the 49ers and was eventually benched after going 6-19 (31.5%) for 99 yds while throwing 3 picks and scoring 0 points.
3. St Louis Rams Offense - This performance was truly offensive. At home against a mediocre team, the Rams offense scored 7 points, totaled 185 yds, was sacked 5 times, and turned the ball over 3 times. Back to the drawing board! The Rams offense is real close to acquiring permanent residency in the basement outhouse with the Indy Colts team. I'll give them one more chance.
2. Buffalo Bills Team - Looked like the worst team in the league. The offense couldn't run it, throw it, catch it, protect, snap it correctly, or convert a 3rd down (0-12). Special teams had a punt blocked for a TD. The defense couldn't stop Matt Moore 14-20 (70%) and 3 TD passes. The Bills have fallen ... and might not be capable of getting back up!!
1. Eric Smith (Safety for Jets) - With a 3 point lead and the Broncos on the Jets 20 yd line, Rex Ryan called a blitz on Tim Tebow. Eric Smith was a part of that blitz and became the unblocked blitzer. Tebow is going to have to throw the ball quickly or get sacked. Instead of blitzing upfield to keep Tebow in the pocket, Eric Smith goes inside and allows Tebow to escape around the edge which he turns into a 20 yd game winning TD. For that play Eric Smith, you get the stinker of the week!!!
* The Colts have attained permanent residency in the basement outhouse. They might need Erin Brockovich to get them out.