Week 11 was pretty surprising. Two rookies end up on the list. But it is not what you may think. The first round pick Jadeveon Clowney of the Houston Texans is a dud. Meanwhile the third round pick of the Niners, Chris Borland is a stud. How and why is this happening? Here are the studs and duds from week 11 in the NFL.
Chris Borland, Linebacker, San Francisco Forty Niners: It is a cliché in the NFL, one man goes down and it’s the next man up. Rookie linebacker Chris Borland has taken the axiom to heart. Borland the third round pick of the Niners had to step up when seven time Pro-Bowler Patrick Willis went down. Borland, the next man up, is doing alright. Well, actually he is doing all kinds of right. In week 11 on the road he led the defense with 12 tackles. For good measure he added two interceptions. One interception sealed the game with 4:43 left to go in the game. Oh yeah, Borland is doing it all kinds of right. He is a stud.
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Alec Ogletree, Linebacker, St. Louis Rams: Raise your hand if you gave the Rams a chance of beating the Denver Broncos. Yeah. Ogletree and the Rams’ defense just defined stud. Holding an offense that averaged at least 20 points a game to seven points? Holding Mr. Everything Peyton Manning to one passing touchdown. And bringing the pain to the receiving corps. It was a dominant performance. The dominance was led by Ogletree. Ogletree collected 13 bruising tackles. For good measure he added one interception. And to solidify that stud status he swatted down a Manning last ditch effort with 2:27 left on the clock.
J.J. Watt, Defensive End, Houston Texans: It hardly seems fair. Okay to be fair he did have two blocking the punter penalties that if he were a lesser man could have landed him on the dud list. But this is J.J. Watt! This is five tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one touchdown from the offensive side of the ball. I am speechless. I’m in awe. Is there nothing this man can’t do? Seriously, I’m asking.
Jadeveon Clowney, Linebacker, Houston Texans: There are no words. When you are a dud you underperform. When you are a dud you are overvalued. Maybe your team doesn’t lose. But did you help in the win? Number one pick Clowney may just be the very definition of dud on his first time on the field since his injury. He collected two tackles. For the whole game. Yes, he is playing next to the stud, the man, the myth, named Watt. So does he get a pass for not holding up his end of the deal? No step it up, man. Dud list? Come on!
Ndamukong Suh, Defensive Tackle, Detroit Lions: What is going on? The Lions are balling and Suh is not. Is he distracted by the impending contract? Is he holding back for fear of being once again labeled one of the dirtiest players in the league? I don’t care. He finished the game against the Arizona Cardinals with one tackle. Are you listening? One tackle for the entire game. No sacks. No forced fumbles. No fumble recoveries. One tackle. What’s happening? Why? Dud!
Connor Barwin, Linebacker, Philadelphia Eagles: What a difference a week makes. There is no doubt Barwin is a baller. Unfortunately, against the Green Bay Packers he was less of a baller and more of a…what’s the opposite of baller? Oh yeah, that would be a dud. Collecting two tackles while the Packers collected 53 points? That is the true opposite of baller. That loud sound you hear is a DUD.
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