The San Francisco 49ers played the St. Louis Rams on Monday Night Football. It was stud alert time. Spoiler alert, Dan Skuta earned his stud status. So lets get right to it. Forget #mancrushMonday, it is #studdudTuesday, and now it’s on!
Dan Skuta, Linebacker, San Francisco 49ers: As you may know I like stats. But I am also quite enamored by the ability of a man to disrupt an offense by just being everywhere all the time. That describes Skuta’s Monday night. He spent a lot of time getting acquainted with Austin Davis. And it was just like any get together, it took awhile for Skuta and Davis to become properly acquainted, but when it happened it was good. Yes, it was magic. At least for Skuta and the Niners’ defense, and me. Skuta ended the game with three tackles, two sacks, and one forced fumble. And he was everywhere disrupting the Rams offense. He was a stud; me like.
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Olivier Vernon, Defensive End, Miami Dolphins: Oh my! Forget how the game ended. Remember Vernon, and don’t call him Oliver. Vernon dominated the game. If there was any justice the Dolphins would have come out with a “W.” They didn’t. But that doesn’t make the domination by Vernon any less spectacular. He finished the game with seven tackles, 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble. It was impressive, even without the win.
J.J. Watt, Defensive End, Houston Texans: Stop me if you have heard this before? No don’t stop. So what have we learned? It doesn’t matter what night he is playing. If he is playing he is ballin’. This was the dreaded Thursday Night game. This was also the most dreaded J.J. Watt. I think Watt proved to be the bad ass in this match-up. How bad? Glad you asked. Seven tackles, two sacks, and a fumble return for a touchdown, and he thinks he needs to do more? I love him.
Honorable Mention Jets Defenders Muhammad Wilkerson, Demario Davis, David Harris, Sheldon Richardson, Damon Harrison, Leger Douzable, Jason Babin and Quinton Coples: For one half of a game they looked formidable. They rushed, sacked and generally disrupted the future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning. It was impressive for one and a half quarters. So for one and a half quarters they were mighty impressive. But alas, being part of a stud does not a stud make.
Janoris Jenkins, Cornerback, St. Louis Rams: Am I just piling on? Probably? Is it justified. Yes. Do I have proof? Let’s see. With less than 30 seconds before halftime, Brandon Lloyd put a double move on Jenkins. It was an impressive move. But it was more of a complete and utter failure on Jenkins’ part. He got burned and then watched Lloyd run past him for an 80-yard touchdown run. That was big. It was a game changer.
And then there was this time when Anquan Boldin got behind him and caught a ball that zipped right past him. Bet Jenkins’ wishes he was at band camp. Burned twice. Same game. Just shaking my head at the utter futility.
Vontaze Burfict, Linebacker, Cincinnati Bengals: I don’t know if he was playing WWE on the legs of his opponents. All I know is that regardless of his stats, Burfict was responsible for three critical penalties. One of his penalties occurred in overtime. The game ended in a tie. The Bengals defense was a fantasy football bust. And Burfict, well, he got flagged three times. Three inopportune times if you were on the side of the Bengals. Causing your team negative yardage in a game that ultimately ended in a tie. Very bad form, Burfict, unless of course you are in fact auditioning for the WWE.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: OK, so this is what is called a cataclysmic failure. For all involved, that is Bucaneers’ fans, coach Lovie Smith, and me because my opponent Make it Dwayne on these Bowe’s played quarterback Joe Flacco, UGH! Anyway what can you say about a team that gives up 38 points in the first half? What statement can you make about a defense that allows 306 yards, five touchdowns and does not record a single sack or interception. How do you justify men receiving paychecks who allow running back Justin Forsett 111 yards on 14 rushes. Allowing Forsett to gain an average of 7.9 yards per carry? PER CARRY? I am quite sure the term DUD does not even begin to describe it, but its a start.
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