Congratulations NFL, this is the first week that social media has not thrown dirt on your name. And congratulations to you, the fans, because you get to focus on football. Therefore it is time to give you the people a special Fan-I breakdown that we call, The Weekend Warriors.
Best Team of the Week:
You know what, as much as I don't believe in moral victories, I want to recognize a team who may not have had an impressive win, but a win that was great to see. Flashback two weeks ago, on Thursday night, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers caught a 56-16 beat down at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons. Flash forward to this past Sunday, they are hanging with the Pittsburgh Steelers in their house, down 24-17 in the fourth quarter. Now it would be a "moral victory" to fold up the tent and lose that game but Tampa Bay did their fans one better. They beat the Steelers in a nail bitter, 27-24, in the final seconds of the game. It wasn't the most appealing game to watch and it wasn't even impressive but it was a good bounce back game and proved that humans play this game and humans can bounce back from a beat down.
Worst Team of the Week
The New England Patriots did not play well in the Monday nighter versus the Kansas City Chiefs. Forget the fact they lost 41-14, forget that Tom Brady did not look good again this week, but what was most concerning was the field position the Chiefs received on throughout the night and the way the Patriots beat themselves. That is not the Patriots of old who barely made mistakes. Hopefully for Patriot fans they will figure it out.
Best Player of the Week
DeMarco Murray is playing some good football this year and he continued that trend on Sunday Night vs the Saints. Again, I will stress that the Saints are not good (at least defensively) but DeMarco Murray needs some credit for the improvement he made from last year, on his way to becoming a premier player. His only problem is the fumbles, but if he figures that part of his game out, he will be a top five running back in the NFL.
Worst Player of the Week
I cannot believe I am writing this, but Calvin Johnson was bad against the Jets on Sunday. In case you missed it, the Jets defense put on a clinic on how to handle the Lions' star receiver. Granted, Megatron was double and triple covered the whole game but last year that did not matter to him. For the record, this week was probably an anomaly and he'll bounce back, but this week Calvin Johnson is the worst player of the week.
Game of the Week
If you are a hardcore football fans who likes the little things about the game then you probably enjoyed the Minnesota Vikings defeating the Atlanta Falcons. It was really intriguing and impressive how Teddy Bridgewater was able to carve up the Falcons secondary. The best part is he didn't have a passing touchdown or interception (317 passing yards, 1 rushing touchdown) because he was being smart with the football and making solid throws. Even better is when they were in the red zone, he trusted his backs to get the touchdowns, which in this age of stat padding is a really unselfish thing to do. Hopefully Bridgewater is okay and can play next week because I would like to see if this performance can be duplicated.
Surprise of the Week
Maybe I am in the minority on this one, but I was really surprised how bad Kurt Cousins looked against the New York Giants. Seriously, it just seemed like he could do no wrong. It could be because teams are getting more opportunities to scout him and that's why he was bad on Thursday or it could be because he had a bad week, either way, we'll have to wait to see what he does next week.
At the end of the day the winner this week was the people in fantasy who own Aaron Rodgers or Andrew Luck because my goodness they were amazing.