Another week in the NFL is in the books on the young 2012 season and already we have seen some monster performances, as well as spectacular let downs. The AFC saw dominating wins from the likes of the Houston Texans and the Miami Dolphins, so it should come as no surprise that they both featured a player that was named an AFC Player of the Week on each side of the ball.
On the offensive side of the ball, Reggie Bush, who I wrote about in greater detail yesterday, continued to turn his career around with a USC-like performance against the Oakland Raiders that has the highlight reel going into overdrive once again. With 172 yards on 25 carries, Bush put the exclamation mark on his day with a video game type run that, if you haven’t seen, you must be living under a rock.
His two touchdown runs of 23 and 65 yards seem to be playing on loop over at the worldwide leader, and deservedly so. They were pretty electric. The 172 yards rushing was good for the best total numbers on the ground in the league so far this season.
I’m not one to say Bush doesn’t deserve the honors, but if I had a vote, it would have went to C.J. Spiller. He was more effective in less carries and his play simply made the Chiefs just quit. But, really, flip a coin. They were both monsters on Sunday.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Texans’ J.J. Watt continues to look like a legitimate defensive player of the year candidate. He’s been disruptive as can be and even if he doesn’t get to the quarterback, he’s making them sweat.
Even though I’m of the belief that his week 1 performance was a little better, this week was nothing to scoff at as he picked up five tackles, 1.5 sacks and two pass deflections. That brings his sack totals up to 3, as compared to the 5.5 he posted for all of 2011.
With the Texans’ stout running game and a knack for forcing three and out’s on defense, the “Bulls on Parade” have only been on the field for an average of 21 minutes per game through the first two weeks. But in that short sample, Watt has totaled 15 tackles, of which 10 are unassisted, 3 sacks, 5 deflections, 5 QB hits. And a pair of those deflections have resulted in interceptions.
The fact that Watt is doing this as a 3-4 defensive end is even more impressive.
If there was a better defensive player than Watt last week in the AFC, I guess I didn’t catch that game. But I’m willing to go out on a limb and say this won’t be the last time he captures these honors.