We’re all familiar with the routine that consumes the majority of us into a group think mentality following the end of the game. The majority of which can be accredited to the big media networks and tabloids as they salivate over the obvious hero from the game. That aside I decided to shake things up a little by giving players the attention they deserve rather than an honorable mention during the conclusion of another ‘hot take’ piece. This week we take at a look at a select few that made a huge impression during the wildcard weekend.
Giants Safety Landon Collins presence was huge in this game, the more the game game progressed the better Collins got. During the first quarter he broke up a pass intended for tight end Jared Cook, sacked Aaron Rodger during the second quarter. jThen just prior to the the fourth down stand in the third quarter, Collins stuffed full back Aaron Ripkowski for no gain and was in on the tackle on TY Montgomery for a 1 yard loss that gave the ball back to the offense on downs. Collins was stellar against the run throughout and finished with a stat line of 1 sack, 6 tackles, 3 assisted tackles.
Steelers Linebacker James Harrison continues to dominate opponent’s at 38 years young. During Sunday’s one sided victory over the Dolphins Harrison spent much of the afternoon terrorizing the Dolphins offensive line playing in 94% of the snaps. The ageless wonder had a strip sack during the second quarter and picked up another half a sack as he Bud Dupree converged on Matt Moore. Harrison finished the game with 6 tackles, 4 assisted tackles, 1.5 sacks and 1 forced fumble.
The fourth year cornerbacks performance was nothing but flawless during the Texans 27 -14 victory over the Raiders. Bouye came away from the game with more receptions than any wideout that was targeted under his coverage. Throughout the course of the game the Raiders threw in Bouye’s was direction seven times and he surrendered zero completions, Bouye cemented his standout performance with an interception during the fourth quarter.
Honourable Mention Matt Moore
Despite the defeat and coupled with the fact Matt Moore was making just his third start in five season Moore actually put together a decent display in a tough situation. Add to the equation the fact that the ground game struggled to generate anything Moore made some nice throws. He finished the day completing 29 of 36 pass attempts for 289 yards a touchdown and an interception. Its also worth mentioning anyone that returns to a game after sitting one play out following the kinda hit he sustained by Bud Dupree deserves some credit in my eyes.