We're already a quarter of the way through the 2015 NFL season and things aren't slowing down at all. It seems that big plays have become the norm around the league and wow, the Atlanta Falcons are 4-0! So, let's single out the bad and good from Sunday's games in the NFL Week 4 Awards. -- Sid Saraf
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Trouble at Home Award: Lovie Smith
You have to sympathize with Smith a bit. He took over a moribund roster when he was named the head coach of the Buccaneers before the 2014 season. And his job didn't get easier this year as he's had to break in a rookie quarterback in Jameis Winston. And the latter stunk it up on Sunday, accounting for five turnovers (four INTs, one fumble) in a 37-23 loss to the Panthers -- a loss that dropped Lovie's overall home record with Tampa Bay to 0-10. "We didn't give ourselves a chance to win,'' Smith said after the game. That's true, five turnovers by your starting QB will put any team in a hole.
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MVP Conversation Award: Cam Newton
Will Cam Newton win the NFL MVP Award this season? There's way too much football left to be played to say something like that. But does he belong in the conversation? Well ... anyone with eyes can see this Panthers team has a lack of offensive talent. But after four games, Carolina is sitting pretty at 4-0 and has won three straight division games in the process. And Newton -- despite not having great numbers -- threw two touchdown passes without an interception in rainy conditions against the Buccaneers. That's called putting a team on your shoulders -- something that MVPs do on a regular basis.
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That's So You Award: Alex Smith
Did you know that the Chiefs quarterback had a career-high 386 yards passing on Sunday? But why does Smith look so sad? Maybe because he was sacked five times and failed to throw a touchdown pass as the Chiefs lost to the Bengals 36-21. And if that wasn't bad enough, he got sucker-punched by one of his opponets. '"We knew with Alex Smith, he kind of panics like any quarterback when he gets pressure in his face," Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko said after the game. Ouch.
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Jay Cutler Award: Colin Kaepernick
Wow. Wasn't Kaepernick the same guy who had the 49ers a couple of plays from a Super Bowl win just a few years ago? That seems like a lifetime ago. He's had a stretch to forget as he threw his fifth interception in his last two games on Sunday and finished the game -- a 17-3 loss to the Packers -- with a paltry 55.4 quarterback rating. But it's not just the numbers that are distressing. It's the fact that he looks completely lost on the field at times. The 49ers might have to make a decision soon. Is Kaepernick the man they want under center longterm?
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Gutty Little Bear Award: Jay Cutler
Everyone was ready to fillet Cutler in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game when he threw a crucial interception that normally would have cost the Bears a game. But not on this day. Smokin' Jay got the ball back with just more than two minutes left, completed five tough passes on that drive and got his team to within field-goal range and kicker Robbie Gould did the rest. Final score: Bears 22, Raiders 20 -- Chicago's first win of the season. By the way, Cutler shook off a hamstring injury to play in this game after sitting out last week. Anyone else want to question his toughness?
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Not as Advertised Award: DeMarco Murray
Murray came to Philadelphia in the offseason and expected to be the No. 1 running back in the Eagles rotation. He still technically is, but something is off. Specifically, the amount of touches he's getting every game. Last season with the Cowboys, the running back averaged 28 touches per game. Through three games this season, he's averaged just 13.3 -- including just 10 in a 23-20 loss to the Redskins on Sunday. And what's worse, Murray has noticed. When someone asked if he's getting enough touches this season, he responded, "No, I'm not. I don't think I am." Not good.
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Toe the Line Award: Cairo Santos
Is this the first time you're hearing the Chiefs kicker's name? Don't worry about it, most people don't know who he is either. But he made a loud statement on Sunday as he connected on all seven of his field-goal attempts -- including a long of 51. That'll get your name in the news real fast. With kickers around the NFL struggling so far in 2015, it's good to see someone out there with ice in his veins.
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Who Wants It Award: Texans quarterbacks
Brian Hoyer was named the starting quarterback to start the regular season, but struggled in Week 1 and was replaced by backup Ryan Mallett. Fast-forward to Sunday and Mallett was only able to complete 12 of 27 throws for 150 yards with an interception as the Texans got their doors blown off by the Falcons. So, what did head coach Bill O'Brien do? That's right, he went back to Hoyer late in the game. Does anyone want to keep the starting job in Houston?
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Old Man Winner Award: Matt Hasselbeck
Andrew Luck missed the first game of his career on Sunday. Who took his place? None other than the 40-year-old Hasselbeck -- and the old man has still got it. Sure, the Colts struggled to beat the Jaguars, but Hasselbeck put up decent numbers: 30 of 47 for 282 yards and a touchdown without an interception. What's more, he led the game-winning drive in overtime. "I got a little emotional running off the field. It was really special. I didn't even expect to play," Hasselbeck said. Good job!
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Laundry Award: Buffalo Bills
Really, Rex Ryan?! Really? Your team committed 17 penalties on Sunday? "Can we play a lot smarter? Absolutely,'' coach Rex Ryan said. ''Say what you want, but I'll take a team that will fight.'' Ummm, OK.