Talk about a game that covering the entire range of emotions. One minute, everyone was on a euphoric high. By the end of the game, some people should have been placed on suicide watch. What a game.
Game balls for this week were tough. Do you give out a game ball for half a game?
So, with that in mind, here are this week's game balls.
1-yard Game Ball: Yeremiah Bell. Bells gets a ard here for his 1.5 sacks. He also led the team in tackles (again) with nine. Another slid performance from Bell. I would really like to see the dys when our LBs were leading the team in tackles instead of the safety, but that's not a reflection on Bell.
2-yard Game Ball: Lousaka Polite and Dan Carpenter. The first of two double Game Ball awards this week. Polite is truly a monster. The guys always seems to block the right guy, springing the R&R Express for large chunks of yardage. Plus, you know we are getting a first down on third-and-one, as long as we give it to the Lousaka Monster. Dan Carpenter gets two yards for a perfect kicking day, 2/2 on field goals and 4/4 on extra points. I don't think there is a more appropriate set of nicknames on this team than Lousaka Monster and DC$.
3-yard Game Ball: Jason Taylor and Nate Jones. The second of dual award winners this week, Jason Taylor played like the JT we all remember. Two sacks with two forced fumbles (although, I think they are only "officially" crediting him with once forced fumble), Taylor was once again finding a way into the backfield, while also totaling five tackles and one pass defense. The other three-yard ball goes to Nate Jones. Not for an outstanding game, but for an outstanding play. That interception where he stole the ball straight out of Marques Colston's hands. Jones finished the game with five tackles and three passes defensed along with the pick.
4-yard Game Ball: Brian Hartline. Hartline only had three catches in this game, but had 94-yards receiving. I know most of them came on the one 67-yard catch and run, but for Hartline to amass nearly 100 yards receiving, that deserves some recognition, especially for a guy listed as fourth on the depth chart.
5-yard Game Ball: Ricky Williams. Okay, once again, I have to give the most yards to my favorite player on the team. Argue it if you want, but Run Ricky Run ran for 80-yards on 9-carries and found the endzone 3 times. The 68-yard run was a thing of beauty. So, five more yards for Ricky.
Sack: I'm not going to do it. I refuse. There is no reason to pile on to the guy all of you expect to get this sack. Instead I am going to award it to the referees. I know, bad calls even themselves out, and that human error is part of the game, but neither one of those excuse the fumble into the endzone miss-call. No excuse for that. As was shown in the post by Matty and with the Sports Illustrated photo, the Line Judge was staring right at the play. Most of us saw it in the live action, and then confirmed it with all of the replays that we saw. That was a fumble. Ted Ginn, Jr., for all of his downfalls, made a great play to get back into the action and strip that ball out of Darren Sharper's hands. Would it have made a difference in the results of the game? I don't know, but it would have kept the momentum from being all New Orleans'. Great job refs. You stare right at the play, then get a chance to fix a bad call in replay, and blow that too. I will give you a three yards sack for that. Probably would have been more, but I think the Dolphins lost this game all across the board, not just because of this one call.
Fan Game Balls will be assessed shortly. I haven't had a chance to go back and see who got them yet. But, I will.