It’s a well-worn phrase, but for good reason. Week 7 of the 2014 NFL season brought another truckload of memorable plays, big-time hits and some serious comedy. So, in the interest of time, let’s not waste any chit-chatting. It’s time to hand out some hardware.
1. Picking on the Little Guy Award: Indianapolis Colts
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Bengals running back Giovani Bernard isn’t a big man, but he’s strong and definitely tough. But even strength and toughness have their limits and on Sunday, Bernard got whacked. Hard. First, it was Vontae Davis bringing down some punishment:
And if that wasn’t enough, safety Mike Adam came through with another hellacious hit:
2. It’s Not Me! Award: Jameel McClain, Giants
One of my favorite things during an NFL game is watching quarterbacks identify the defense’s middle linebacker, or "mike," before the snap. We’ve all heard it before. "57’s the mike!" or "64 is the mike!" Dallas’ Tony Romo thought he had found the mike before a first-half snap, but McClain begged to differ. In fact, you can hear him disagree with Romo on this video:
3. Putting a Teammate on Blast Award: Chris Long, Rams
Now, the talented defensive end is still out with an injury, but he was there to watch his team knock off the Seahawks in thrilling fashion. His teammate, and starting linebacker, James Laurinaitis was happy and took to social media to share his evening plans with the world. And there was Long to rain on James’ parade.
4. Creeper McCreeperstein Award: This guy at the Redskins game
First, we had a Panthers’ ballboy snapping a cell phone pic of a cheerleader last week. Now, it appears the trend has spread to our nation’s capital:
6. Failure to Throw a Flag Like a Cool Guy: Referee at Panthers-Packers game
Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly got himself ejected on Sunday for making contact with a referee. It really wasn’t his fault as he more than likely confused the man grabbing him from behind with another player. But nonetheless, the decision was made and the zebra reached to his belt to grab his flag. Now, it seems he wanted to launch his laundry into the sky with a flick of the wrist. Something with real panache. However, the flag got stuck and instead, we got this weak sauce effort:
Good, I’m glad your sassy flag throw didn’t work out as planned.
Wilson on being 1st w/ 300 yd pass, 100 yd rush: "Doesn't mean anything unless you win. .. The only thing I care about is winning" #SEAvsSTL
Nobody knows how to stir the pot like the talented defensive tackle. Although he’s currently cooling his jets with an injury, Dockett made the trip with his team to Oakland. And of course, made sure to have some fun with the Raiders fans.
It would be mean if it wasn’t true.
15. It’s Getting Ugly Fast Award: Cam Newton, Panthers
Newton should be credited for managing to get his team this far. However, Sunday’s game in Green Bay was an embarrassment. And all Cam could do was this:
The score just got worse after that. On to next week!
16. Spelling Out Cincy’s Ineptitude Award: Chuck Pagano, Colts
Congratulations to Peyton Manning, who surpassed Brett Favre to capture the record for career passing touchdowns! After the great one completed that fateful pass to Demaryius Thomas in the second quarter, his Broncos teammates decided to have a little fun.
Mainly, by playing keep away with the prized game ball: