“The Loede’s”: 1st Quarter NFL Awards

“Best Catch”: Kansas Chiefs Chiefs Rookie TE Tony Moeaki

We are four games through the NFL season, that’s one quarter of the way done for you math wizards.  So I would like to hand out my first edition of “The Loede’s”.  I will dish out 10 awards for the best the NFL has had to offer so far.  Enjoy.

  • Most Impressive Team: Kansas City Chiefs. Who said this team was too young?  Best draft class of ’10, is making their presence felt right away.  Creative coaching, rampant rushing, and demonstrative defense have made this team stand out above the rest.  Todd Haley is doing a remarkable job.
  • Offensive MVP: Kyle Orton. What jumps out to me right away: Kyle Orton has the second-highest total of passing yards through four games in NFL history (Kurt Warner, 2000).  Remember he’s doing this without a run game and without a true #1 WR.  Oh, yea, I forgot Brandon Lloyd?  Orton is making McDaniels look like a genius -they don’t miss Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall in Denver.
  • Defensive MVP: DeMarcus Ware. Forget Clay Matthews has more sacks.  Forget the Cowboys are 1-2.  He is playing like a man on a mission.  Houston could not stop him.  Just a forecast of what’s to come, and what kind of undeniable impact he has on a game.  Not only does he get to the QB with ease, but he stuffs the run (5 tackles for loss) and does a fine job defending opposing team’s TE’s.  He is the most feared defender in the game today, “you can’t stop him, you can only hope to contain him”.  Have fun with that daunting task.
  • Best Coach: Josh McDaniels. Talk about doing more with less, that’s what McDaniels is about.  Under some of the most pressure and scrutiny, he has his offense excelling just like he planned.  You have admit you didn’t see this one coming.  He’s there to stay in the Mile High city.  No one can marvel enough about this former Bill Belichick sidekick.
  • Top Offensive Rookie: Jahvid Best. His performance alone against Philadelphia earns him this honor.  Jahvid is a dangerous threat teams have to key on.  Receiving-wise, he could be the best back in the league, running-wise, he has found a nose for the end zone.  5 touchdowns in his first two games, that speaks for itself.
  • Biggest Impact Defensive Rookie(s): Nate Allen/Earl Thomas. Both safeties have three interceptions apiece.  Jairus Byrd’s mark of nine picks may be in doubt.  Mark Carrier’s rookie record of ten could be shattered by both Allen and Thomas. Each has shown the ability to show up in strong in run support  -Thomas with 19 solo tackles, Allen with 14 by himself.
  • Greatest Accomplishment: The feat of putting up college numbers (33-231, 3 TD’s) on a Super Bowl team is ridiculous.  Arian Foster is running on teams at will.  He is a one of the best three backs in the NFL.  The main reason why the Texans could unseat the Colts atop the AFC South.
  • Most Entertaining Game: Texans/Redskins. The most entertaining game is usually the biggest comeback, better yet, a game that needs more than 60 minutes; combine those two factors and you get the result of a wildly enjoyable Houston/Washington affair.  Schaub to Johnson on 4th down to tie down the game late in the 4th, Graham Gano missing a FG after a last second timeout by Gary Kubiak in OT, and the resiliency shown by the improving young Texans team.  Also, how about Donovan McNabb just missing Joey Galloway on a potential game-clinching touchdown?  Or Gano’s blocked kick that could have put the game out of reach?  So much in one thrilling game that needed extra time.
  • Overwhelmingly Pleasant Surprise:  Sam Bradford. The Rams are tied for first place in the NFC West, not Singletary’s 49ers.  Bradford looks like a savvy vet.  Poised in the pocket, he has clearly shown he’s truly worth the #1 overall pick.  Football is back in St. Louis -the future looks sunny, promising in the “Show me State”, where the former Sooner sharpshooter has “shown me” and proven me wrong.  I’m now a Bradford believer.
  • Craziest, Most Thrilling Play: Troy Polamalu’s leap against Titans/Collins. Find me a better play, I dare you to.  What a sense of judgment.  Polamalu’s instincts are out of the world, just like his team’s defense.  

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