Sunday night’s stars get snubbed in the awards department

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When I spoke after the early Sunday afternoon games with both Bucs quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and Vikings safety Harrison Smith, I believed I was speaking to the NFC offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively. Then came Sunday night.

Apparently, however, whoever it is that determines the top players of the week likes guys who play both halves of the game.

That’s the only reason to explain the snubbing of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Bears linebacker Khalil Mack for awards that went to Fitzpatrick and Smith. In the first half of the Sunday night game, Mack redefined the term “dominant,” with a performance that included a pick-six and a Hollywood Henderson-style robbery of the ball from quarterback DeShone Kizer.

The second half then became the Aaron Rodgers show, with one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time authoring one of his greatest performances of all time.

Fitzpatrick and Smith also had dominant games, and maybe it’s refreshing that the size of the stage on which the prime-time performances occur won’t tip the scales away from the guys who get it done in the afternoon. But for as much as it felt like a foregone conclusion before Sunday night’s game that Fitzpatrick and Smith would be securing the distinction for Week One, it felt like Rodgers and Mack had eclipsed both of them on Sunday night.

54 responses to “Sunday night’s stars get snubbed in the awards department

  1. OH Whayyyyyy the media darling Rodgers didn’t get an award. What more do you want? Another rule made up that if A A Ron wins a game he automatically is player of the week?

  2. The bears running backs carried only 20 times and averaged 5 yards a carry. What was Nagy thinking when he kept putting the ball in the hands of a young inexperienced QB with that lead?! All they had to do was continue to run the ball. Really inexcusable.

  3. To make Rodgers the offensive player of the week would have been an insult to Fitzpatrick.

    Fitz outdueled future HOFer Drew Brees.

    Mack had a good first half, but failed to produce with the game on the line.

    Harrison was stout the whole game and clinched it late in the 4th with an INT.

  4. Coming back at home after being down to the 5-11 Chicago Bears is “one of the greatest performances of all time.”

    A real QB would’ve had the boot to the neck of the Bears out the gate. I doubt Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Drew Brees, Kirk Cousins, or for that matter, Ryan Fitzpatrick would have found themselves down 20 to the Bears at home.

    His “greatest performance” is also indicative of his apathetic play in the first half.

  5. I wonder how many people went from trying to get the Bears D for their Fantasy teams in the first half to completely dropping the bid in the second. Games are 60 minutes, maybe their Rookie coach should bring that up in practice this week.

  6. Fitz deserves the award. He played lights out for the full game. Rodgers was great, but only for a half. I think if he played all 4 quarters like he played in the 4th, then the argument can be made, but he was terrible in the first (before the knee injury).

  7. If the award was for style points Aaaron gets it but it’s hard to justify giving the offensive player of the week award to a guy who only had 66.7% comp %, 286 yards 3 TD, 0 INT, and a 130 passer rating to 75.0 Comp %, 417 yards 4 TD 0 INT 156.3 passer rating with another TD ran for. I mean I love Aaron and I was screaming when my Packers were killing me then bringing me back to life, but that line isn’t even close to the Fitzter.

  8. Smith deserved the DPOW award. He was dominating the whole game – not just one half.

    Mack had a great first half. Harrison clearly out performed for the whole game.

  9. Just mention Aaron Rodgers and the Viking trolls go apoplectic, I especially enjoy the question as to how many Superbowls did he win? The answer, one more than the Vikings could muster in 57 years.

  10. Mack was on a “pitch count” He was playing extremely well, then he got tired. See the classic comment about football shape. Had this been the 4th game of the season, I think he would have continued that wrecking ball performance into the second half. I remember the old high school football chant “4 quarters” while running gassers. As dominate as he was, I don’t think Mack deserved it.

  11. Mack had 3 tackles including the sack/fumble and a pick 6. That’s a nice 3 plays I’ll admit, but I don’t think POTW good?

  12. amurdora says:
    September 12, 2018 at 10:40 am
    If the award was for style points Aaaron gets it but it’s hard to justify giving the offensive player of the week award to a guy who only had 66.7% comp %, 286 yards 3 TD, 0 INT, and a 130 passer rating to 75.0 Comp %, 417 yards 4 TD 0 INT 156.3 passer rating with another TD ran for. I mean I love Aaron and I was screaming when my Packers were killing me then bringing me back to life, but that line isn’t even close to the Fitzter.

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    Agreed.I didn’t get to watch the Viking game but like Rodgers, Mack had “a tale of two halves.” If Smith was dominant or even near-dominant, for all 4 quarters, the D award should be his.

    I just don’t get why any of this has to be so hard for some people.

  13. Rodgers/Fitz and Smith/Mack should have been co-mvps — its not that tough. And just mention any Viking in a PFT article and whatjusthappened absolutely and obsessively can’t resist adding his one and one-fourth cents worth.

  14. Do you know why Mack didn’t win? It’s because he had a handful of beautiful plays that will really fill a stat sheet and then he disappeared. Their opponent mounted a huge comeback and won the game while Mack stood on the sideline or was ineffective on the field.

    Do you know why Harrison Smith DID win? It’s because he played the entire game and made an impact on every series. He included a handful of beautiful plays as well as a consistent effort from start to finish which led to a team win.

  15. rageviral says:
    Greatest of all time? How many Superbowls has he won?
    —————————–
    The article said one of the greatest of all time.
    Learn to read and comprehend before you open your big mouth.

  16. People who harp on “how many SB wins” as a measure of greatness are ignorant.

    I suppose Joe Thomas is one of the worst LTs to ever play the game, he never won anything in the post season.

  17. if they don’t like it they can work harder and maybe earn an award later this year.

    Pouting won’t get you spit in the real world.

  18. Rodgers played a great half and it was a memorable comeback and gutsy performance after being injured, to be sure. But Fitzpatrick put up crazy numbers playing great for the entire game and bested Drew Brees. That wasn’t even a particularly tough call for the voters, I’m sure.

  19. rageviral says:
    September 12, 2018 at 10:14 am
    Greatest of all time? How many Superbowls has he won?
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    I am assuming you’re too young to have seen Archie Manning play.

    I know some people need to keep things this simple to understand them, but on a team with 22 starters where coaching matters more than any other sport, people capable of more critical thought realize that sometimes you have to go beyond team accomplishments to recognize individual greatness.

    I am assuming you’re too young to have seen Archie Manning play.

  20. I have yet to see a single Packer fan in protest over who won NFC offensive player of the week.
    But the mere mention of Aaron Charles Rodgers by the media in this vein has sent the Barneys into complete panic mode.
    It would be downright scary if it wasn’t so amusing.
    Pigtails are a mess, purple panties in a bunch, blathering about like anyone cares about their opinion.

  21. Well I think we can all agree that Rodgers will be the most valuable injured player on the bench this week and it’s highly unlikely that Kizer will be winning any weekly awards…ever.

  22. Fitzpatrick deserves the award; Mack didn’t play a complete ball game. He disappeared in the second half. Rodgers only played one superior half. I am fine with it the way it is.

  23. Would have been a different narrative had Fuller intercepted the ball Rodgers threw right to him just before the go-ahead TD…or if Allison had been flagged for pushing off on his TD reception…but alas…can’t throw a flag against the Packers…at home… when they need to get back in the game…

  24. burgundyclone says:
    September 12, 2018 at 10:42 am
    Mack had 3 tackles including the sack/fumble and a pick 6. That’s a nice 3 plays I’ll admit, but I don’t think POTW good?
    ============================================================================================Mack didn’t deserve Player of the Week because of his second half, but he had more than 3 good plays in the game. He caused a lot of disruption and pressure and created opportunities for other defensive players to apply pressure. Sacks are an occasional occurrence- the most sacks in a season any one player has had in the last 3 years is 17.5- the true value in an edge rusher is the disruption and hurries that he causes on a consistent basis.

  25. If Mack had been able to put even a little bit of pressure on an immobile Rodgers in the second half, the Bears would have won. Causing your team to lose by disappearing for a half is not the definition of player of the week. Smith made sure his team won and that’s why he deserves the award. Rodgers had a great performance but he was playing the Bears and they barely won. Fitzpatrick was outstanding the whole game, put up huge numbers, and led his team to the biggest upset of the week.

  26. What happened? Did a bunch of you guys catch Aaron Rodgers with your old lady or something? Does he kick your dog? The guy is one of the best quarterbacks in the league and on of the top 20 to ever play the position. Why hate him? Because he is good? Or is it because he beats your team on a regular basis?? Sure, the guy only has one superbowl so far. How many does your team have? Hers a hint if you are a Vikings fan. Your team still has zero Lombardi’s. Rodgers has one more superbowl win in only 10 years than the Vikings have in forever. Must sting a lottle.

  27. shlort says:
    September 12, 2018 at 12:17 pm
    What happened? Did a bunch of you guys catch Aaron Rodgers with your old lady or something? Does he kick your dog? The guy is one of the best quarterbacks in the league and on of the top 20 to ever play the position. Why hate him? Because he is good? Or is it because he beats your team on a regular basis?? Sure, the guy only has one superbowl so far. How many does your team have? Hers a hint if you are a Vikings fan. Your team still has zero Lombardi’s. Rodgers has one more superbowl win in only 10 years than the Vikings have in forever. Must sting a lottle.

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    And how does the Vikings not having a Lombardi affect Sunday’s game? It doesn’t make much sense doesn’t it. What if the Vikings win a Super Bowl during Rodgers tenure? What will it be then the “How many Rings does your Team have” argument. The Green Bay Packers trophies have no bearing on what will happen Sunday. The Vikings have beaten the Packers 4 of the last 5 times AND have won 2 of the last 3 at Lambeau. Me personally I do not have a problem with the Packers, its their fans over confidence that gets irritating.

    So in closing explain to me how the one Super Bowl; ring Rodgers has from 2011 is going to affect Sundays out come. I’m waiting………..

  28. Mack is a stud, but don’t get it twisted, all of his DPOTW stats came against Kizer. He was FAR less effective with Rodgers on the field.

  29. Why are you guys arguing Mack vs. Watt? The AFC and NFC DPOWs are different awards.

    Smith and Mack both had great games, but Smith won the marathon while Mack won the sprint.

  30. shlort says:
    September 12, 2018 at 12:17 pm
    What happened? Did a bunch of you guys catch Aaron Rodgers with your old lady or something? Does he kick your dog?
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    My wife wouldn’t touch Rodgers if he was the last man on the planet and I don’t have a dog.

    Other than some God given talent to play a game, what is there to like about him?

    Seriously!

    He’s alienated himself from his own family, is an arrogant prick and I just don’t think he’d be any fun to be around.

    If he couldn’t toss a football, you wouldn’t like him either.

  31. I fail to see the need to dispute the winners in either category. Particularly Harrison’s .. The Vike/9er game was broadcast in the GB market and I got to watch the best safety in the NFL do what he does. Well deserved in my book.

    Looks like Fitzgerald had the game of career as well. I fail to see where there is really grounds to dispute.

  32. Fitz definitely deserved it…he won a shootout against Brees. Not taking anything away from Rodgers by saying that. But isn’t it kinda creepy the crush Florio has on Rodgers?

  33. thefiesty1 says:
    September 12, 2018 at 2:22 pm
    Sheez! Give it a break Barney’s and Pack! There are 30 other teams in the league.

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    Sheez! Give it a break Barneys and Gumbys! There are 30 other teams in the league.

    There I fixed for you, you’re welcome

  34. gtodriver says:
    September 12, 2018 at 1:56 pm
    shlort says:
    September 12, 2018 at 12:17 pm
    What happened? Did a bunch of you guys catch Aaron Rodgers with your old lady or something? Does he kick your dog?
    ###

    My wife wouldn’t touch Rodgers if he was the last man on the planet and I don’t have a dog.

    Other than some God given talent to play a game, what is there to like about him?

    Seriously!

    He’s alienated himself from his own family, is an arrogant prick and I just don’t think he’d be any fun to be around.
    _________________

    Where do I even begin?
    There’s actually plenty to like about him.

    He’s very well liked and respected by his teammates.
    Vacationing frequently with them in the offseason.
    Randall Cobb had him in his wedding, and you only have to look back to last Sunday when Cobb sought him out after the injury to let him know how much he meant to him.

    Rodgers is actually quite funny in the locker room and on the field.
    There are numerous stories and anecdotes from teammates if you would just bother to search for a few. (Google Rodgers photobombs to get an idea.)
    He has also had treasure hunts for fans for free tickets to games when he’s been in opposing cities.

    Aaron is also quite generous with his time and money.
    A frequent benefactor of this is the MAACC Fund, a favorite charity of his.
    I have a personal story that can attest to this.
    He’s very sweet and giving and seeks absolutely no publicity for this.
    He also spent some time in Africa this offseason, on a mission trip to fit the needy with hearing aids.

    2 seasons ago, he gave all of his O-lineman customized ATVs.
    All of them had new paint jobs complete with their uniform numbers.
    This included T.J. Lang who had already left the team during free agency.

    Listen, I don’t pretend to know what exactly the rift is between Rodgers and his family, just like I wouldn’t hazard a guess what goes on in yours.
    But, to lay the blame at Aaron’s feet is just dumb and extremely short sighted.
    Then again, that’s the Barney way.

  35. wafflestomp says:
    September 12, 2018 at 3:10 pm
    gtodriver says:
    September 12, 2018 at 1:56 pm
    shlort says:
    September 12, 2018 at 12:17 pm
    What happened? Did a bunch of you guys catch Aaron Rodgers with your old lady or something? Does he kick your dog?
    ###

    My wife wouldn’t touch Rodgers if he was the last man on the planet and I don’t have a dog.

    Other than some God given talent to play a game, what is there to like about him?

    Seriously!

    He’s alienated himself from his own family, is an arrogant prick and I just don’t think he’d be any fun to be around.
    _________________

    Where do I even begin?
    There’s actually plenty to like about him.

    He’s very well liked and respected by his teammates.
    Vacationing frequently with them in the offseason.
    Randall Cobb had him in his wedding, and you only have to look back to last Sunday when Cobb sought him out after the injury to let him know how much he meant to him.

    Rodgers is actually quite funny in the locker room and on the field.
    There are numerous stories and anecdotes from teammates if you would just bother to search for a few. (Google Rodgers photobombs to get an idea.)
    He has also had treasure hunts for fans for free tickets to games when he’s been in opposing cities.

    Aaron is also quite generous with his time and money.
    A frequent benefactor of this is the MAACC Fund, a favorite charity of his.
    I have a personal story that can attest to this.
    He’s very sweet and giving and seeks absolutely no publicity for this.
    He also spent some time in Africa this offseason, on a mission trip to fit the needy with hearing aids.

    2 seasons ago, he gave all of his O-lineman customized ATVs.
    All of them had new paint jobs complete with their uniform numbers.
    This included T.J. Lang who had already left the team during free agency.

    Listen, I don’t pretend to know what exactly the rift is between Rodgers and his family, just like I wouldn’t hazard a guess what goes on in yours.
    But, to lay the blame at Aaron’s feet is just dumb and extremely short sighted.
    Then again, that’s the Barney way.

    ***

    OHHHH MAN. Those photo-bombs…. SO silly!

  36. gtodriver, you don’t even know what is going in with his family situation. All there is are rumors, which have likely been stretched by people like you.

    Anyway, I don’t care what he does in his personal life. I don’t know the man. All I care about is what these guys do on the field. I haven’t heard about him getting wasted and causing problems or any stories about him beating his girlfriend. He doesn’t seem like a bad dude.

  37. It’s obvious that the reason so many people hate Rodgers is because he is part of the Deep State. While your looking to find it I have some property on the moon to sell you.

  38. rrbernier1 says:
    September 13, 2018 at 6:46 am

    It’s obvious that the reason so many people hate Rodgers is because he is part of the Deep State. While your looking to find it I have some property on the moon to sell you.
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    Who would want property on the lifeless moon?
    That’s like the rest of the packers – dead… Lifeless… You got 1 deep state guy and without him, your just dust on the moon. And it looks so suspicious how that game looked (GB-BEARS) that one has to question, are the games rigged? So much money ridding on these games, you got to wonder!

    Now the Viks with a backup QB last year kick up a hugh dust storm as so many quality players on the team excelled, there no comparison to which team is better… But that was last year and in the books. Its this year that only counts, so put up, or shut up!
    Without Rogers, you guys are nothing.
    Keep crying about your 1 & only SB Win. That is so past tense. Its what have you done for me lately, babies…

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