Sorry that this is a day late, but I'm still mentally and physically recovering from a weekend where I saw, in person, Melvin Gordon run for 408 yards and my beloved Eagles get steamrolled by a clearly 'roided up Aaron Rodgers and company. I have to hand it to the Packers, when you can torch a secondary made up of this, you're clearly going places in the NFC.
But enough about awful things, let's get back to awesome things. J.J. Watt recorded a receiving touchdown on Sunday. Now you may be saying, "oh, whatever Drew, teams do gimmicks like this all the time with their defensive linemen to get them offensive touchdowns. LAAAAMMMMM!" BUT THAT IS THE WRONG STANCE TO TAKE! Watt scored his touchdown on a dadgum fade!
I've watched 23 years or so of professional football and would rather have Watt playing receiver than two thirds of the guys that have suited up for the Eagles during the Andy Reid era (sup Todd Pinkston?). Besides kickstarting the offense, Watt also had five tackles, three for loss, a sack and a fumble recovery. Dude is a freakshow in the best sense of the word. He should be on the cover of every magazine every week. Luckily for Badger fans, most of Watt's performance was not done against Joe Thomas. I DON'T LIKE SEEING MY BOYS FIGHTING!
Somehow, Watt's day may not have even been the most impressive for Wisconsin alumni. Chris Borland was (again) a one man wrecking crew in the middle of the San Francisco 49ers defense. He recorded 13 tackles, two for a loss, defended three passes and had two (!!!) interceptions.
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Not to be outdone by former tight end Watt, Garrett Graham caught a touchdown pass of his own for the Houston Texans on Sunday. He caught his only two targets for 34 yards on the day. The Texans climbed to 5-5 with the win and sit a game behind the Indianapolis Colts for first place in the AFC South.
Russell Wilson had his usual day under center for the Seattle Seahawks. He went 20-of-32 for 178 yards and two touchdowns while adding 71 rushing yards as the Seahawks try and keep pace with Borland's 49ers for second place in the NFC West. Apparently the Arizona Cardinals will never lose again.
Dezmen Southward had two tackles and his first career sack for the Atlanta Falcons as they squeaked by the Carolina Panthers in a classic 19-17 NFC South slap-fight. That division is bad, man. Carolina punter Brad Nortman kicked the ball away six times and dropped three inside the 20.
Stopping the Cardinals is impossible (see above) and even DeAndre Levy's team leading 10 tackles couldn't propel the Detroit Lions to a victory against the unbeatable Buzzsaw That is the Arizona Cardinals.
Chris Maragos had two tackles for the Philadelphia Eagles in a game I'm pretty sure never really happened. Sorry, Chris. Beau Allen chipped in with three tackles himself in the fake game. I wonder how these guys have so much free time on their hands to play games that didn't count?
Yo, but for real? This Eddie Lacy touchdown is the epitome of a MAN'S RUN/CATCH.