NFL Hot or Not – Week 9
It’s that time of the week when we see who’s firing up and who’s close to getting fired. Hot or Not! Let’s go…
Chicago Bears – Da Bears are looking great. They dominated the Titans 51-20 en route to their sixth straight win. Their offence did its job, but it was the defence and special teams that were the stars. Brian Urlacher had a 46 yard interception return for a TD and Corey Wootton returned a blocked punt onto the end-zone. The Bears now turn their attention to a mouth-watering showdown with the also 7-1 Houston Texans on Sunday Night Football.
Doug Martin (TB) – This young man has made history. I’m not talking about the franchise record for rushing yards he set against the Raiders. I’m not talking about becoming the first player to run for three TDs of at least 45 yards in the same game. I’m talking about becoming the first player in the (nine week) history of Hot or Not to go back-to-back! Congratulations Doug!
Chuck Pagano’s Speech – There are no words for this. Even the most hardened, cynical football fan (like yours truly) would be affected by this. The tears well up and the heart gets pounding. You have to see this:
Arizona Cardinals – Remember when these guys were undefeated, sitting at 4-0? No? Well I don’t blame you. After seeing just what Aaron Rodgers can do first hand, The Cards have lost five straight and now sit at 4-5.
Eli Manning (NYG) – Eli just wasn’t his typical self against the Steelers. He couldn’t get into a groove an credit for that has to go to Pittsburgh’s pass-rush. Manning finished the day just 10/24 for 125 yards and an interception.
RG3 for MVP – Anyone still calling Robert Griffin III an MVP candidate, just stop. I like him (aside from the fact that he’s a Redskin), but after three straight losses and looking more human, he’s nowhere near MVP status. The recent play of Andrew Luck, or even Doug Martin, mean he’s not the favourite for Rookie of the Year, let alone an MVP candidate. (Editor’s note: To be fair, RG3 looks as good, if not better than any other rookie when his receivers actually catch the ball and his team doesn’t give up two touchdown-negating penalties every game.)
What did you think? Who was Hot, or Not, in your book this week?