Tom Brady and Brandon Bolden are both nominated for the FedEx Player of the Week awards at the quarterback and running back positions respectively. Bolden, an undrafted free agent, broke out against the Buffalo Bills tough run defense with 16 carries for 137 yards in an amazing and unexpected display that reminds us why we love football. Bolden and Stevan Ridley became the first Pats tandem to rush for 100-yards apiece since 1982.
Meanwhile, Brady was his usually great self in picking apart the Bills secondary to the tune of 340 passing yards, three touchdowns, 9.4 yards per attempt, and he even threw in a four-yard rushing TD for good measure.
Chris Johnson was nominated at the running back position after tearing up the Houston Texans defense with 141 rushing yards in his first great game of the year, and, like Bolden, he received some great blocking up front (something CJ2K isn’t used to). However, it took him 25 carries to do so as opposed to just 16 from Bolden. Willis McGahee was also nominated after gaining 119 yards on the ground in a blowout of the Oakland Raiders. He had three more carries and significantly less yardage than Bolden against a tougher opponent.
Not only does Bolden have a great story behind his performance, but he was also better than the other two and deserves your vote.
Brady is up against Matt Ryan and Peyton Manning, as the Denver Broncos also notched two nominees. Ryan gets on despite a less-than-stellar 25 for 40 line due to his icy clutch play by connecting on a 59-yard pass to Roddy White to help set-up the game-winning field goal. The Falcons were previously down 28-27 and almost lost a crushing NFC South rivalry game against the Carolina Panthers.
Manning was a crisp 30 for 38 for 338 yards, as all QBs tossed over 300 yards and had three TDs. Manning’s 130.0 QB Rating seals the deal in my eyes, but the voting at quarterback should definitely be close.
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