There's been something missing thus far through the season. I don't want to step on any toes (Nicky), but we need a Monday Game Balls post, and since Nicky doesn't seem to want to share with us anymore, I'll take over.
Really, I am doing this with RZ, so it's a sharing of the Game Balls for you. Here are the rules. Each week, we will award 5 Game Balls, on a yards scale. The more yards, the better. For example, if Chad Pennington is awarded the top Game Ball for the week, he will get the 5-yard game ball. Then, Matt Roth could get the 4-yard ball. At the end of the year, we will tally the total yards gained, and name the season's Top 5 Game Balls.
Then, there's the sack. The sack is quiet simply someone who has to do better. That will be based on a 5 yard scale as well, but only one sack will be given each week. If it was a horrible week for the player, then they will get a 5-yard loss. If it wasn't all that bad, we might give them a 1- or 2-yard loss.
Completely subjective based on what we want to do.
So, here are the Game Balls for Week 4. (We'll go back and award the Balls for Weeks 1-3 soon).
1-yard Game Ball. This one was close. It almost went to Brian Hartline for his first touchdown catch, but it's being awarded to Vontae Davis for his first interception. Congratulations to both, and Vontae, here's your first yard and Phinsider Game Ball. Enjoy!
2-yard Game Ball. Chad Henne, welcome to being a starting NFL quarterback. What a performance. His numbers are not stunning, 14 for 22, 115 yards (5.2 YPA) , and 1 touchdown for a 92.0 passer rating, but he got the job done. It seemed like the play book was opened up and the Dolphins came out and established that Henne can throw. Simply the threat of a pass made the Bills respect Henne's arm, therefore opening up running lanes all over the place. Plus, a first career touchdown pass. Congrats to the young Mr. Henne.
3-yard Game Ball. Hello Cameron Wake and welcome back JT. We really wanted to put Chad Henne in here, because everyone is all over his bandwagon, but when Mr. CFL shows why he was signed (3 sacks) and Jason Taylor wakes up and gets 2.5 sacks, they deserve the third yard more than Henne did. Great job to both and good to see you punching out that imaginary square you draw Jason!
4-yard Game Ball. A surprise here. Not because he doesn't deserve it, but because of who gets it. Will Allen apparently decided to come play this week. How else can you explain two interceptions for The Shadow. Yes, we gave him a nickname. Why? Not because he can stick on someone like their shadow, but because he's usually about as effective as a shadow. But, even with that unnecessary insult, they guy played outstanding on Sunday, and as such, he now has 4-yards worth of Game Balls.
5-yard Game Ball. We're going to award two five yard game balls this week. This really is an easy one, as Ronnie Brown dominated the Bills, going for 115 yards on 20 carries (5.8 yard per carry) and two touchdowns. But, do you realize that Ricky Williams averaged 5.3 yards on his 16 carries? That's 85 yards of his own, along with one touchdown. That's 200 yards of rushing from those two guys. As such, they each get a 5-yard game ball this week.
Sack - Here's a five point sack spread over the entire offensive line. It's hard to pick someone that played badly in the team's first win of the season, but the six sacks given up by the offensive line deserves some infamy. So, here's how we are going to do it. A five point sack (would do six for the six sacks, but we're trying to stick to the rules), spread over the five offensive linemen (TE's get off easy in this one). So, Jake Long, Justin Smiley, Jake Grove, Donald Thomas, and Vernon Carey, you each have -1 yards.
Well, that's it for the first Game Balls issue. Let us know what you think, and if you agree. More to come.