Stud of the Week: Dallas Cowboys
A tense 5 minutes followed, with the two teams trading the ball back and forth. Finally, regulation ran out and overtime began.
Once again, Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott marched down the field to score. The Cowboys' rookie QB threw a touchdown to Jason Witten to end the game.
Dallas is now the number one seed in the NFC playoff picture, thanks in no small part to Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. These two players will be the face of the Cowboys for years to come. Romo vs. Dak isn't really a QB controversy; which quarterback has led the team to a 6-1 start?
Of course, none of this is to diminish what Carson Wentz is doing with the Eagles. Philadelphia now has a new hope in the form of this North Dakota State product. Wentz vs. Prescott is the new Manning vs. Brady, and given that the teams involved are divisional rivals, the next QB rivalry should have even more great games, great stories, and great football than the first.
Dud of the Week: Cleveland Browns
Stud: Tom Brady
But, his impressive performance on Sunday and his utter demolition of the Zach Brown Band (my new nickname for the Bills defense) is worthy of no ranking but Stud.
That doesn't mean I'm not totally sick of headlines like:
The Fountain Of Youth Is Tom Brady's Kitchen Sink
Patriots Accused Of Deflating Buffalo's Playoff Hopes
New England Clinches Division In Preseason
Well, as my private revenge, I chose a photo of Tom Brady with a particularly stupid expression. And remember: today's studs are tomorrow's duds. Just ask the Minnesota Vikings.
Well, if you actually read that rant about ties, thank you.
Stud: Bradley Roby
One of the many stars to come from the famed OSU, he was a first-round pick who developed into a quality Broncos corner. He's one of the great "heads-up" defenders in the league, as proven by his turnover record. He was listed by NFL.com as a top-ten cornerback (along with teammates Aqib Talib and Chris Harris). I think he's headed to follow in the footsteps of Talib, Goose Gonsoulin, and Champ Bailey as a Ring Of Fame Broncos corner.
Against the Chargers, he made the play that changed the game-a first-half interception of Philip Rivers, one of the best first-half players in the league. It reminded me of the "Are-You-Kidding-Me" play against Kansas City last year, which was shoved in my face all season and still never got old. Enjoy.
Dud: The Curse
Stud: Tennessee Titans O-Line
Part of this is because of the Mariota-Delanie Walker tandem. (And I still think Mariota is on his way to Canton.) Part of this is because of DeMarco Murray.
And part of this is because of their offensive line.
Their OL is, in my opinion, second only to the Cowboys. It's opened countless holes for Murray, who has rushed for 756 yards this season, and protected Mariota, who has thrown for 1,874 yards. I think this team will claim the last WC spot, and are possibly on their way to a Super Bowl in the not-so-distant future.