Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Frogs in the NFL - Week 7

The NFL season is almost at the halfway point, and it really has been an interesting season so far, depending on your rooting interests. Regardless of what pro team you do root for, if you are paying attention to the teams with TCU ties, there has been a lot to be excited about.

Marcus Cannon - OT - Patriots (beat the Jets 29-26 in OT) A crazy finish in Foxborough, after the Jets looked like the Jets for three quarters before rallying and forcing OT (sound familiar, Frog fans?).  A couple of vintage Tom Brady two minute drills and a classic Sanchize sack/fumble ended the comeback bid and sent Rex Ryan in search of a few dozen donuts. I'll talk Jets a little further down, as Kerley was LEGIT on Sunday, but the Pats O-Line played well, allowing only a single sack and helping the scrap heap of running backs Belichick employs run for 131 yards.

Tank Carder - LB - Browns (lost to the Colts 13-17) no stats.

Andy Dalton - QB - Bengals (lost to the Steelers 17-24) Dalton had one beautiful throw to AJ Green that he fit through an impossibly small window for a TD, but otherwise struggled. The Steelers, who did not have a tipped pass going into the game, had two on one drive late in the first half, the second that was intercepted at the line and led to a Pittsburgh score. The Red Rifle was only 14-28 for 105 yards in his prime time season debut, but did get some love from the announcers and a really cool nickname montage. Unfortunately, those things don't translate to on-field success, apparently.

Clint Gresham - LS - Seahawks (bye week)

David Hawthorne - LB - Saints (beat the Bucs 35-28) Hawthorne is still not active for NO.

Jerry Hughes - LB - Colts (beat the Browns 17-13) Hughes had three tackles, including a TFL, and a QB hit on Sunday, as Indy beat Cleveland. Hughes has been a revelation, now that he is in a system that suits his skills and it's been fun seeing him making an impact.

Colin Jones - S - Panthers (lost to Dallas 14-19) Colin had one tackle, but his biggest contribution was a negative one, as he had a crucial penalty late that extended a Dallas scoring drive.

Jeremy Kerley - WR - Jets (lost to the Patriots 26-29 OT) As already mentioned, Kerley nearly stole the show on Sunday in New England, as he made a couple spectacular plays on typically poorly thrown Sanchize balls, including a third down conversion off a tip that he somehow corralled for big yardage. In what was his best game as a pro, Kerley had seven catches on 11 targets for 120 yards and was basically impossible to cover. He also had three punt returns for 22 yards, and though he didn't get in the end zone, he was a big reason the Jets had a chance to pull the upset late.

Marshall Newhouse - OT - Packers (beat the Rams 30-20) Rodgers was sacked three times, but only for 10 total yards, and the Packers' O-Line and Newhouse, have improved steadily throughout the year.

Jason Phillips - LB - Panthers (lost to Dallas 14-19) Jason had one tackle in the loss.

Herb Taylor - OT - Jacksonville (lost to Oakland 23-26, OT) I watched most of this game, and still have no idea if and or how much Taylor got on the field. If you're an O-Lineman, I guess that's a good thing?

Daryl Washington - LB - Cardinals (lost to Minnesota 14-21) Washington had nine tackles, two sacks, and two QB hits. He has been ridiculous, and continues to be mentioned as one of the best young linebackers in the league. 

Predictions in the comments... who gets in the end zone in Week 8 and which Frogs can force some turnovers for their respective teams?


JHale said...

Can D Wash come back to play? ha!

LOLfolding said...

I love that 2 former TCU guys are possibly the best players on their team:
- With Revis out, I don't think there's really a close second to Kerley on the Jets team. He looked awesome on Sunday and is on pace for over 1K yards this year with Mark Sanchez throwing him the ball. That's crazy.
- Washington has some stiffer competition to win "best on the team" status with a slew of talented players in Arizona (mostly on defense), but he looks awesome. Probably a top 5 candidate for DPOY at this point and will have a good case for it if he stays on current pace for 120+ tackles, 13 sacks and 5 FF.

Dalton looks rough right now, but I really don't think it's his fault. The Cincy OL is in shambles and BJGE can't manage a decent running game to keep the defense honest.

I was hopeful Colin Jones would turn into a serviceable pro, but frankly nothing seems to be going his way. Special teams are where he needs to really shine as well as being a decent reserve player in someone's secondary. I'd be lying if I said I watched much of Carolina's special teams, but Jones shows up for the wrong reasons on a lot of his defensive plays. Still fast as hell from what I can tell though.

Final thought: You watched most of the Jac vs Oak game? What kind of a masochist are you?

schimmy said...

Taylor was inactive for the game.

schimmy said...

Taylor was inactive for the game.