Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE
It's a little delayed, but the winner of our Week 11 Game Ball is finally ready to be announced. Here on the Phinsider, we award a Game Ball every week, win or loss, to recognize the outstanding individual performances from the previous game - even when it was an ugly game.
Just over a week ago, the Miami Dolphins lost to the Buffalo Bills on Thursday Night Football. Dropping their third straight game was painful, especially since it was to an AFC East divisional rival. But, there were three individual performances that warranted recognition, with the Phinsider Community deciding on the final winner of the award.
The nominees for this week were:
Davone Bess, Wide Receiver: 6 receptions, 50 yards, 8.3 yards per reception, 1 touchdown
Reshad Jones, Safety: 14 tackles, 1 pass defensed
Marcus Thigpen, Kick Returner: 5 returns, 36.2 yards per return, 96 yard long, 1 touchdown, 2 punt returns, 15.5 yards per return, 22 yard long
After the community vote, Marcus Thigpen won the Game Ball for Week 11 with 71% of the vote. This is the second time Thigpen has won the Game Ball, joining his Week 1 performance against the Houston Texans.
Our previous Game Ball winners are:
Week 1 (at Houston Texans): Marcus Thigpen, Punt Returner
Week 2 (vs Oakland Raiders): Reggie Bush, Running Back
Week 3 (vs New York Jets): Brandon Fields, Punter
Week 4 (at Arizona Cardinals): Brian Hartline, Wide Receiver
Week 5 (at Cincinnati Bengals): Randy Starks, Defensive Tackle
Week 6 (vs St. Louis Rams): Olivier Vernon, Defensive End
Week 8 (at New York Jets): Olivier Vernon, Defensive End
Week 9 (at Indianapolis Colts): Ryan Tannehill, Quarterback
Week 10 (vs Tennessee Titans): Brian Hartline, Wide Receiver
Hopefully, this week's Game Ball winner will come from a full five nominees with a Miami win to back it up. We'll see. The Dolphins play the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.