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Our man Stevie played it safe this week after the uproar he caused by ‘hittin’ his Plax’. What’s important about this is that another Wildcat scored a touchdown this week. That’s always good to see. And here is your weekly reminder: GO VOTE YOUR CATS INTO THE PRO BOWL!
Alfonso Smith, RB, Arizona (5-7) – 19-13 win over DAL – no stats…Chances are we won’t see much of Fonzo as the season winds down, unless more injuries occur. Arizona is trying to fight their way into playoff picture, but it is unlikely. Maybe if they let Fonzo play, they’d see my offensive production (that’s my jokingly-homeristic perspective for the day). An interesting story I missed during Thanksgiving was this little gem – Alfonso took off his jersey, signed it, and gave it to a disabled woman at a charity event.
Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay (12-0) – 38-35 win over NYG – 0/1 on passes, 0 yds…0 rec, 1 target…3 kickoff returns, 25.3 yd avg…2 punt return, 3 yd avg…Wow. Randall Cobb continues to do it all, even in the NFL. He had a pass attempt in Sunday’s game against the Giants. The Packers, once again, were able to fight their way to another win with a last second field goal. It was truly beautiful. With under a minute left, the Giants kicked off to Randall Cobb…and he a took a knee. This is all part of the efficient, well-oiled machine of the Packers’ two minute (or under) drill. Rodgers takes the ball at the 20 and just does work until they are in scoring range. It took all of two passes for Green Bay to be in a position to win the game on the final drive. And for the first time, sportsbooks have GB FAVORED to go undefeated. That says something. This could really happen.
Tim Masthay, Punter, Green Bay (11-0) – 25-17 win over DET – 5 punts, 44.2 yd avg, 4 inside 20…It is getting kind of ridiculous. His stat line nearly mirrored last weeks, with another 4 punts booted inside the 20. More importantly, UK’s Punter U label has taken a hit with Tydlacka being left off the All-SEC teams. WTF, SEC?! Not only should he be on your teams, but he deserves the Heisman. Name a player who played his position better. Masthay surely isn’t played with the SEC’s lack of respect for UK punters.
Stevie Johnson, WR, Buffalo (5-7) – 17-22 loss to TEN – 5 rec, 52 yds, 1 TD…Stevie paid his fine and moved on from the debacle of last week. Looks like he put that issue well into the past, considering he got right back to finding the endzone. While he is not breaking 100+ yards like he was prone to do last season and early on this year, there is a chance he can get back on that horse with Fitzpatrick back under center. Unfortunately, the Bills season continues to tumble out of control, going from one of the best looking teams early on to sitting at 1-3 in their division and at the back of the ‘in the hunt’ pack for the playoffs. In other news, there’s a chance the Bills will throw the ‘franchise’ label on Stevie.
Wesley Woodyard, LB, Denver (7-5) – 35-32 win over DEN – 5 tackles, 3 solo…Oh, Tebow. I finally found a reason to cheer for you and it involved a sportsbook. Thanks for the W. Denver is making waves thanks to the insane ability to win they have shown. They are currently leading their division with a 3-2 record and are firmly making their case for a playoff berth. We’re glad to have Wes Woodyard on board the Bronco Train that’s trucking along. Tebow may be the driving force, but Woodyard is the team captain and the defense is playing great (ok, this wasn’t their best week).
John Conner, RB, New York Jets (6-5) – 34-19 win over WAS – 2 rush, 2 yds…John Conner has been blocking like a beast for the Jets, but he also got a couple carries with attempts to gain a first down in short yardage situations. The Jets are showing life. After falling behind early to the Redskins, a monstrous fourth quarter gave the Jets the win and the cover. They’re also ‘in the hunt’ for a playoff spot, but there is work to be done with The Terminator is to see the postseason.
Jacob Tamme, TE, Indianapolis (0-12) – 24-31 loss to NE – 5 catches, 49 yards…The Colts went up against one of the biggest spreads in several years for the NFL at +21.5. Still, a lot of money was backing the Patriots. And it looked like a sure cover for the Pats going into the fourth quarter. NE was up 31-3 at one point, but the Colts exploded for 21 unanswered points in the final period of play. Before the game, i had a lurking suspicion that either Garcon or Wayne would do some damage due to the flaky Patriot secondary, and that turned out true with Garcon having a huge fourth quarter. Still, Tamme got in on the action with Orlovsky having a great statline by the game’s end. It is great to see Jacob out there producing. As I’ve said before, he could start at TE on several teams.
Corey Peters, DT, Atlanta (7-5) – 10-17 loss to HOU – 3 tackles, 2 solo…The Falcons took a tough loss to the Texans this weekend. With a stout defense, Atlanta found their team with a chance to march towards the playoffs. With T.J. Yates under center, the matchup against Arian Foster and Andre Johnson suddenly didn’t seem so scary. Still, a mediocre game from Yates turned out to be enough to get the win for Houston. Don’t fret, Falcon lovers…ATL still sits in the wildcard position and can make the playoffs. Our Wildcat has been a big part of their success. So much so, in fact, that Peters has been named the Falcons’ Man of the Year.