Week 9 was one for the ages, and it's too bad that only one game got all the attention, because elsewhere around the league, there were two overtime games, and mind-numbing performances all over the place. Joseph Addai played a game that in most weeks would win him Offensive Player of the Week easily. In my mind, he gets fourth place here (would be third if the Colts had won). I'll start my toasts there:
Here's to you, Joseph Addai. Your 73-yard touchdown was one of the best pieces of offensive execution I've ever seen; the blocking downfield timed with your cuts were perfect. And totalling 226 yards against the Patriots is always impressive.
Here's to you, Clinton Portis. How often does someone get 36 carries in a game? How often does someone run for 5.4 YPC on those carries? You were pretty much the only weapon the Skins had yesterday, and they couldn't stop you. And yet, somehow, you're only #3 on OPotW.
Here's to you, Drew Brees. It is absolutely absurd for a 445-yard passing day with touchdowns to three different receivers, 71.4% completions, and no interceptions to be only worthy of 2nd place on the week. You've almost got me believing the 12-4 record I predicted is possible.
But of course, the Offensive Player of the Week is Mr. Adrian Peterson, who finally got the 30 carries he should have been getting all year, and turned them into a record-breaking 296 YARDS! By the season's end, he may make it futile to distinguish between "rookie records" and regular records anymore. He could go down with a season-ending injury on the first play next week and still be a shoo-in for Rookie of the Year. Oh yeah, he also caught a 19-yard pass.
Here's to you, Jarvis Green and Rosevelt Colvin. You teamed up to create the game-clinching defensive play, with Green causing a rare Peyton Manning fumble, and Colvin being aware and plucking the ball out of mid-air, giving the Colts no hope of a challenge. Green was really the playmaker on this one, but because Colvin added a sack elsewhere, he gets to share the honors.
Here's to you, Warrick Dunn. Your numbers weren't awe-inspiring, but it was your first 100-yard rushing game since October '06. It's good to see you still have it.
Here's to you, Chris Crocker. Your hot pursuit of Vernon Davis saved the game for the Falcons.
Here's to you, Ron Dayne. You actually resembled your Heisman self a little bit there. Good game.
Here's to you, Justin Fargas. Not only do you have a great name, but once again your team called your number and you handled the load. You'll always be a backup, but at least you're an option.
Here's to you, Albert Haynesworth. You're slowly working your way back into the NFL's good graces the best way you can. By playing amazing football. 3 sacks by a defensive tackle? He's a special talent.
Here's to you, Titans' secondary. Great job keeping Steve Smith to 15 yards on 3 catches.
Here's to you, Earnest Graham. Who'd have thought you'd end up with a 100-yard game at any point this season? Your play kept the Arizona offense off the field; a huge part of the Bucs' victory.
Here's to you, Leon Washington. Were Devin Hester not around, we'd be talking about you as one of the best return men we've seen in years.
Here's to you, Tony Romo. On only 25 pass attempts, you got 324 yards and 3 TDs; completing 80% of your passes, and pulling 13 yards per attempt. That's a great game any way you slice it. A 141.7 passer rating, even with an interception thrown. Yikes.
Here's to you, Tanard Jackson. 5 passes defensed? I can understand why Kurt Warner was so frustrated after the game, with you disrupting everything he tried to throw.
Here's to you, Brett Favre. One more accomplishment to add to your file - you've beaten all 31 opposing teams. And since the Falcons beat the Packers in 1991 with you on the bench, one could argue that you've beaten all 32 NFL teams, which Tom Brady and Peyton Manning can't say.
Here's to you, Shaun Rogers. A 340-pounder running an interception back 66 yards for a touchdown? Get real. You also added 2.5 sacks.
Here's to you, Mike Martz. This isn't your trademark offense, but it sure worked. The offense was well-balanced and effective.
Here's to you, Derek Anderson. You've won a number of shootouts, as well as defensive battles. And now you have a huge comeback and an overtime win on your resume. It's going to be hard for the Browns to get rid of you when Brady's time comes.
Here's to you, Redskins' defense and defensive staff. In 2006, your team had 5 wins, 19 sacks, and 5 interceptions. Halfway through 2007, your team has 5 wins, 20 sacks, and 8 interceptions.
Here's to you, Jamal Lewis. Personally, I think the Browns need to pick up a speedier every-down back, but there's no denying your effectiveness at the goal line. 4 TDs, all 1 or 2 yards. While I don't like that your fantasy value this week was higher than Portis' or Addai's, I still tip my hat to you.
Here's to you, Bobby Engram. Yeah, FanNation, remember him? Bobby Engram? Once an up-and-comer in Chicago, criticized ever since? Well he just caught 14 balls for 139 yards.
Here's to you, Nate Burleson, who got one of (I believe) four of Sunday's kick return TDs on a 94-yard punt return. Man, what an exciting day all over the league.