Posted Wed Oct 31st by Monty
Each week, Jonathan, Earl and I will give out the game balls for last weekend’s game. Everyone picks someone different. Usually we’ll have these up by the day after, but we’re a bit behind with the Monday game. Enjoy.
Alright guys, tough loss to a good team in overtime. I really never expected to lose a game like that, with long bombs over our cover corners. Looking for the positive when we’re down on our team can be tough, but it’s time to shape up and find the silver lining. Who impressed you guys Monday Night?
Jonathan: Game ball… tough… The obvious ones are Marshall, who’s last clutch-catch made Elam‘s FG possible. However, I’m not really feeling the love for Marshall with his sideline giggling and DUI charge. I’d pick Stokley for my team any day over Marshall (upside or no).
Another candidate is Young who had a great first game with 71 yards on the ground and almost another 50 through the air. However, Hall had the nearly the same average yards per rush and I’m not a huge Young fan.
So… I think I’ll give mine to Cutler, who completed 62% of his throws for 264 yards and one TD. But beyond that, he didn’t throw an INT. He spread the ball around to seven different receivers and lead yet another last minute drive for the tying score. He was also under much more pressure this week than he was vs the Steelers and he didn’t make any terrible rookie mistakes. There’s plenty of room to grow and learn, but this game showed that Cutler is developing.
Earl: I’m giving mine to Tony Scheffler. Tony got our only touchdown of the game, and made a big contribution to the offense when it was on track. Tony had a great game and it’s good to see him back to the form he was in at the end of last season.
Kyle: Excellent choices guys. Cutler’s really growing into an elite quarterback at this early stage, and Scheffler’s return has already netted him a few touchdowns. I’m giving my game ball to the Special Teams as a whole. Of course the second Toro field goal play in 7 games deserves mentioning. Karl Paymah and Jamie Winborn had some nice tackles, and for once we actually won the field position battle. In particular, that 4th quarter punt that pinned the Packers inside their 5 yard line was a great job by the coverage and by punter Todd Sauerbrun. Andre Hall looked more willing to hit the holes than any returner we’ve had thus far — all in all, a great coaching job by Scott O’Brien.