Can you believe we're almost halfway through the NFL season? As the time flies by, we're starting to become used to the crazy finishes and big plays. And Sunday's slate was no different, even though the Colts took another tough loss. So, let's not waste time. Presenting the NFL Week 7 Awards. -- Sid Saraf
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Passing Fancy Award: Ryan Tannehill
Remember when the Dolphins' 2015 season was on life support just a few weeks back? Seems so long ago. Well, a new head coach -- Dan Campbell -- and a renewed fighting spirit hasn't just lifted Miami, it's lifted the QB. Tannehill broke Donovan McNabb's NFL record for most consecutive completions when he connected on his first 18 throws on Sunday. Add that to the 8 straight he had last week and you've got 25. Boom. Not only that, but Ryan became the first player in 15 years to have three TD tosses of 50 yards or more in one half as the Dolphins decimated the hapless Houston Texans en route to a 41-point lead by the end of the second quarter. And yes, Miami won and is back to .500. These are the Dolphins we thought we'd see this season.
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Silence the Haters Award: Kirk Cousins
The Redskins QB has heard it all over the past few weeks. He's a bust, doesn't have what it takes, why did they bench RG3, blah, blah, blah. It got so bad that Cousins turned to watching HGTV instead of sports to tune everything out. On Sunday against the Buccaneers, Kirk did something that Captain James T. Kirk would be proud of. He got his team free from the jaws of defeat, erased a 24-point deficit, scored four touchdowns and got the win. Should we anoint Cousins as the Redskins' QB of the future? No, not yet. That would be silly. But it's impossible not to feel good for a man who has had countless blowhards take shots at him. You know who they are. And so does Kirk, and he let them know as much after the game.
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Complimentary Peanuts Award: Ryan Mallett
Yes, it's true that airlines don't give away free peanuts anymore. You know who can confirm that? Mallett, because he missed the Texans' charter flight to Miami and was forced to fly commercial because he got stuck in traffic. Here's hoping he got a seat near the toilet and the only in-flight entertainment were episodes of 'Two and a Half Men' -- the Ashton Kutcher version. Ryan needs to get it together. He already slept through a practice during training camp and was caught on TV looking pouty after getting pulled from a game earlier this season. Come on, dude. You must be better than that.
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Running Man Award: Tom Brady
Mr. Brady is a lot of things: Handsome, focused, a leader ... did I say handsome? But one thing he isn't is a runner. Yet, on Sunday against the Jets, he did something he's never done before: Lead the team in rushing. You read that right. With a whopping 15 yards on the ground -- including an 11-yard run and a QB sneak TD! -- Brady topped James White (two carries, four yards), and LeGarrette Blount (three carries, minus-three yards). And somehow the Patriots won. So, how did the Patriots' new rushing threat feel about his accomplishment? "I actually enjoyed this because it will probably never happen again," Brady said after the game. Let's hope so. The Patriots got away with it this week, but let's not make this a trend.
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Google Him Award: Orleans Darkwa
The Giants scored the first touchdown during their eventual win over the Cowboys, on a 15-yard run by Orleans Darkwa. Wait, who? Let's head to Wikipedia for an answer. It says there that Darkwa is an "American football running for the New York Giants of the National Football League." Well, that's nice! And he apparently went to Tulane and was signed by the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2014. Wait, his name is Orleans and he went to a college located in New Orleans? That's amazing! And bully for him for scoring on Sunday. Bravo, sir!
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So Good So Soon Award: Todd Gurley
The Rams' rookie running back was coming off back-to-back games that saw him rush for more than 100 yards. On Sunday, he made it three in a row as he rushed for 128 yards on 19 carries and scored the first two touchdowns of his NFL career in a win over the Browns. He's the first Rams RB since Eric Dickerson with three straight 100-yard games -- and the amazing thing is that it's only been about a year since he suffered a serious knee injury in college. "Just wait until he's 100 percent," Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said this week. How frightening will that be? Can't wait to see.
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Celebration Faux Pas Award: Kansas City Royals
The Royals are feeling pretty good about themselves. They dispatched the Blue Jays in six games and have a date with the Mets in the World Series -- which starts Tuesday on FOX! Anyway, they've got a couple days free, so a group of players and manager Ned Yost hit up the Chiefs game on Sunday and brought the American League Championship Trophy with them. Does anyone else have a problem with that? Most teams refuse to touch a trophy that isn't a world championship trophy. And here are the Royals tooling around town and posing for pictures with a lesser award. Would Tom Brady pose with the Lamar Hunt Trophy? Hell, no. It's Lombardi or bust for him. Get with the program, Royals. Act like you've been there before -- because you actually have.
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Vomit Bag Award: Adrian Peterson
This has been a confusing couple of days. Peterson suddenly popped up on the Vikings injury report on Saturday as questionable with an illness. What that illness was, we didn't know. Then news broke on Sunday that Peterson accidentally swallowed chewing tobacco during a particularly bumpy flight to Detroit and barfed a lot. OK, then. Gross, but it happens. However, after the Vikings beat the Lions on Sunday, Peterson stepped up and denied the tobacco story. Here's Dave Birkett from the Detroit Free-Press: "Adrian Peterson, with a big dip in his mouth, says he didn't swallow chew on a rough landing, just got sick off something he ate." Whaaaaa? What's going on here? Now I have to doubt everything. Did he really vomit? Is his name REALLY Adrian Peterson? How high up does this go?
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Jolly Good Award: Jaguars
England is a wonderful place. They have tea, good food, proper pints, Downton Abbey, Ricky Gervais ... the whole nine yards. However, it hasn't been a friendly place for the Jaguars, who traveled to London for a regular-season game in each of the last two seasons -- and lost. Would it they make it a third straight failure? Nope. The Jaguars blew a second-half lead, but managed to get past the Bills 34-31 on Sunday for their first win across the pond. That's pretty generous of the Bills. You can always count on them to do you a solid during a losing streak.
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Jay Cutler Award: Matt Cassel
Cassel has been through the wringer this season. He got beat out of the Bills' starting QB job, got cut and then was re-signed just days later. Was that it? No, he was then traded to the Cowboys in late September and on Sunday, he got his first start of the season in a tough spot against the New York Giants. And he was ... bad. Cassel threw three interceptions as the Cowboys stumbled to their fourth straight loss. Man, when does Tony Romo get back? Is there anything that can quicken his healing process? Can Mr. Miyagi work his magic? Can Obama? Can Trump? Can God? Anyone?