MVPs of Week 4: 2017
Quarterback: QB Colin Kaepernick20 Completions : 25 Attempts : 249 Yards : 80% Completion : 4 Touchdowns : 1 Interception : 131.1 QB Rating
This is Colin's second year starting for the Giants, and although he was off to a rocky start with a 60 QB Rating against the Eagles in week one, he's been improving week in and week out., and this week he puts up some pretty impressive numbers. If it wasn't for his 1 interception, it would have been just about a perfect game. 25 attempts with an 80% completion rate and 4 touchdowns is pretty incredible. Even with that interception, this performance gives him an impressive 131.1 QB Rating and a season average in the 90's.
This win propels the Giants to #1 in the NFC East, which was held by the Redskins, who were 2-0 and just came off of a bye week. Both the Redskins and the Cowboys only sit a game behind, with the Eagles at 0-3.
Halfback: HB Mario Fannin
23 Carries : 139 Yards : 6.04 Yards Per Carry : 51 Long : 2 Touchdowns
Mario just about single handily won this game in Carolina. Matt Ryan had 26 attempts, but only completed 12 of them for 150 yards. Fannin almost matched that on the ground with less carries, a long of 51 Yards with 2 touchdowns and zero fumbles. Fannin was able to score the only touchdowns for the Falcons and led the Falcons to a 22-17 Victory.
The Falcons and Saints are tied in the NFC South at 2-2, with the Bucs sitting on top at 3-1. The Panthers fall to 1-3 after this loss.
Wide Receiver: WR Marlon Brown
7 Receptions : 186 Yards : 67 Long : 2 Touchdowns
Marlon Brown was the 15th overall pick in this years draft, but the fifth wide receiver taken. He's currently the #1 Rookie WR in yards and receptions. With more games like this, he'll have no trouble staying there.
There were actually many wide receivers that had games similar to Browns this week. I chose Brown because of the close 30-23 win over the 49ers, the high yardage, and the 2 touchdowns without a dropped pass. The fact that he's a rookie in only his fourth game of his career didn't hurt either.
Tight End: TE Jackie Thomas
5 Receptions : 135 Yards : 62 Long : 1 Touchdown : 2 Pancakes
Jackie Thomas is in his fourth year and coming off of a 71 reception season. This guy wasn't even on my radar before today. He's the definition of a receiving tight end. With 51 strength, he isn't going to be contributing much in the run game, but apparently his skill set down the field is enough for the Chargers, and was enough this week against the Broncos.
The Chargers lost this week, and was behind the whole game, most likely contributing to Jackie Thomas' long yardage completions. He led his team in receiving yards, and was even able to put up 2 pancakes. impressive when your teams leading offensive lineman only put up 4.
The Chargers fall to 3-1, and are now tied with the Broncos in the AFC West. The Chiefs improve to 2-2 in a win over the now 1-3 Raiders.
Offensive Line: LG Shannon Crockett
12 Pancakes : 0 Sacks Allowed
Crockett is only in his second year. He was a late first round pick last season and put up 57 Pancakes and 6 sacks allowed. That's only 3.5 Pancakes a game. This year he has 24, averaging 6 pancakes a game. He has yet to give up a sack.
It was only a couple of weeks ago that I gave a nod to the whole Chargers Defensive Line in their absolute domination over the Jets. It appears overconfidence might have gotten the best of them, for Broncos LG Shannon Crocket was able to put up 12 Pancakes against them this week. It's rare that a guard can out pancake a Tackle, but Shannon was able to do it quite easily this week, with 50% more pancakes than anyone else in the game.
Defensive Line: DT Terrance Knighton
5 Tackles : 2 Sacks
Not too many outstanding performances this week for the defensive line, but DT Terrance Knighton was able to put up a solid performance of 2 sacks and 5 tackles against the Bengals this week. The Bengals were only able to put up a total of 3 points, while the Titans racked up 37.
Terrance Knighton has been in the GZL since it's inception, but has had trouble finding a place. He's been on five teams in eight years. This is his second year with the Titans, If he makes it another season, it'll break a personal record.
The Titans are now the only undefeated team in the AFC, and the only team at 4-0 in the league. With the Texans closest to them in the AFC South at 2-1, The Jaguars at 1-2, and the Colts at 0-4.
Linebacker: MLB Clay Matthews
8 Tackles : 3 For Loss : 2 Sacks : 1 Interception for 4 yards
The Packers suffered their first loss this week with a 37-38 loss against the Detriot Lions. Matthews helped keep the Lions in check for a majority of the game, but the Lions were able to score 14 points in the 4th quarter, to the Packers 3. Clay Matthews led the team in tackles and tackles for loss. He put up the only two sacks for the defense, and the only turnover. Pretty solid work for the aging linebacker.
Packers still lead the NFC North at 3-1, but the Bears are right behind them at 2-1, with the 2-2 Lions and the 1-2 Vikings following.
Defensive Back: CB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah
6 Tackles : 2 Interceptions for 49 Yards : 6 Deflections : 3 Catches Allowed
The Cowboys Mark Sanchez almost got the QB feature, but lost out to Colin Kaepernick. However, at the Cornerback position, no other player came all that close to Akwasi this week. Akwasi deflected twice as many passes this week as he let through, along with 2 interceptions for an impressive 49 yards. The only downside being his lack of a pick six, but I suppose you can't ask for everything. These two interceptions were the Eagles' only turnovers, but even with that, the Cowboys were able to dominate this game from the first quarter.
The Cowboys have a winning record at 2-1, but both of these wins are against the winless Eagles. Their schedule gets tougher after this week, and they are going to need Akwasi to continue to put up performances like this.
Kicker Returner: HB Jahvid Best
4 Returns : 171 Yards : 42.75 Average : 1 Touchdown : 101 Long
I almost missed this guys kick return, and I'm glad I didn't, because it was definitely worthy of this article. The Cardinals were able to overcome the Seahawks this week, but it wasn't without a real struggle. The 24-22 victory was a close game throughout, and without Jahvid's second returning touchdown of the season, this one would have probably gone to the Seahawks.
Jahvid is currently the only returner in the league with multiple touchdowns, but he still has a long way to go to beat the current record of six set by Steve Smith in 2011.
With this win, the Cardinals go to 2-2, with the Rams undefeated at 3-0. The 49ers sit at 1-3, with the reigning champs at 0-4.