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S2014W04 | GZL Weekly Awards
By Matt Spencer
Special to gzl-football.com


GZL Weekly Awards
Monday March 4th, 2013
Matt Spencer, GZL Media Group

Offensive Player of the Week
WR Kealoha Pilares
7 Receptions | 149 Yards (53 YAC) | 2 Touchdowns
The New England Patriots dug themselves a first half hole against the San Diego Chargers, and Pilares' ability to exploit the slot matchup helped them overcome the 17-7 halftime deficit and win against a team that many thought would blow them out. There weren't many exceptional performances in the AFC on the offensive side of the ball, but Pilares' contributions were huge in a game in which the Chargers' top two corners pretty much took Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones out of the game.
Honorable Mention: RT Marcus McNeill | HB Rashard Mendenhall | QB Joe Flacco | HB Arian Foster

Offensive Player of the Week
HB Doug Martin
25 Carries | 255 Yards (10.2 YPC) | 2 Touchdowns
Possibly the league's best team, the Packers received a huge boost when they acquired Matt Schaub from the New York Jets. But it was youngin' Dougie Martin who shined in the Schaub debut carrying the Pack to their 2nd win over the division rival Chicago Bears (the Bears' only two losses this season). After a slow start to the 2014 campaign, Martin exploded for the 255 yards, one of the biggest outputs since the outlying record performances of the 2010 season. If Martin continues to play with this chip on his shoulder, and the Schaub acquisition works out, this team is the favorite in the NFC.
Honorable Mention: WR Eddie Royal | QB Matt Ryan | WR Roddy White | HB Isaiah Pead

Defensive Player of the Week
CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
4 Tackles | 2 Interceptions | 6 Deflections | 3 Catches Allowed | 1 Touchdown
The Chargers lost to the Patriots in Week 5, but to no fault of their stud Corner, DRC. Cromartie shut down the very explosive Torrey Smith and helped the Chargers force their way into an overtime session in San Diego. If it weren't for the breakdowns of slot coverage, and Mark Sanchez' ability to exploit that matchup, the Chargers surely would have emerged victorious.
Honorable Mention: CB Myron Lewis| LB Lawrence Timmons | LB Brian Cushing | LB Thomas Davis

Defensive Player of the Week
DE Robert Mathis
4 Tackles (1 For Loss) | 2 Sacks | 1 Forced Fumble
A double dip for arguably the league's best team as Robert Mathis stole the show on the defensive side of the ball for the Packers while shutting down Jay Cutler and company. Mathis' 2 sacks has him on pace for his 5th consecutive 10+ sack season and is leading the Pack to their best start in GZL history. His forced fumble was scooped up by Dontari Poe and the 33 year old shows no signs of slowing down this season after being dealt away by the New England Patriots in the offseason for just a 3rd round pick.
Honorable Mention: CB DeAngelo Hall | DE Ryan Kerrigan | SS Taylor Mays | LB Sean Lee | CB Justin King

GZL Rookie of the Week
LG Dallas Thomas
9 Pancakes | 0 Sacks Allowed
The 12th overall pick in the draft, Thomas continues his brilliant start to his GZL career. He lead the way for Arian Foster's big day and the lack of a standout performance from other rookies land him his first Weekly Award. Thomas has allowed just 1 sack this season while racking up 23 pancakes in the first 5 games. He should be quite the interior anchor for Houston for a long time.
Honorable Mention: WR T.Y. Hilton | RB Bull Griggs | WR Josh Pietarila | DL Margus Hunt | RT Brennan Williams

General Manager of the Week
Paul Willis
Maybe a little bias here as the previously winless Texans knock off the previously unbeaten Buffalo Bills. Willis put together a gameplan to stop the streaking RGIII and Darren McFadden duo, and the Texans did just that. The Texans picked off RGIII 5 times, held McFadden to 3 YPC, and managed to overcome 3 turnovers by the abominable Terence Bennett. Willis gets the nod this week by putting his first W on the board. Maybe this will be launching point to their 2014 season.

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