Seattle Seahawks quarterback: Russell Wilson
On Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, quarterback Russell Wilson looked like a quarterback who was 5-foot-11. Wilson completed only 14 of 28 passes for 126 yards and an interception. Wilson faced pressured from a Cowboys’ defense that is starting to find their grove as they were able to sack Wilson twice in the game. This is a rare spot for Wilson as he most likely won’t be in the Doghouse much this season. However, Wilson needs to make sure this type of performance doesn’t happen again because the high-flying Seattle defense looks weaker than they did last year, thus making it harder for them to maintain leads. Wilson and the Seahawks head to St. Louis to face a Rams team that is last in the league in sacks.
New York Jets running back: Chris Ivory
A quarterback’s best friend is his running game, especially when that quarterback is the struggling Geno Smith. So for running back Chris Ivory to turn into the performance he did against the Denver Broncos, the losing outcome was no surprise. Ivory ran for only seven yards on eight carries for the New York Jets, thus forcing Smith to have to throw the ball more. For the Broncos, it was the perfect plan. Make sure Ivory doesn’t get going, force Geno to throw, and then stop him to get Peyton Manning on the field. When you run the ball successfully, you control the clock. For Ivory, he has to find a way to get it going offensively since his best game this year was when he rushed for just over 100 yards against the Oakland Raiders in week one. Ivory will have to do so in a short week as the Jets head to New England to take on the Patriots on Thursday night.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver:
Since having an explosive first week with a long touchdown run, wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has barely been a factor since. On Sunday against the Detroit Lions, Patterson only had two catches for 15 yards on eight targets. Patterson is a receiver who possesses a lot of speed that can burn defenses as he showed his rookie season. Patterson, who led the team in targets, complained about not getting the ball enough in the loss on Sunday. Head Coach Mike Zimmer said. “If he wants the ball, tell him to get open.” One thing is for sure, you either give the ball to Patterson deep, or short to make sure he has enough space to make moves in the open field with the talent he has. Look for Patterson to try and turn it around as he and the Vikings head to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense
I decided to start putting a whole defense in here instead of just calling out one player since for defenses it is usually a whole effort for either being good or bad. For this effort, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense is in the Doghouse. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco had a field day in a 48-17 win as he picked apart a secondary that has looked awful this season. Flacco made history throwing five touchdown passes in the first 16 minutes of the game, the fastest start in an NFL game. The Buccaneers, who have plenty of talent on defense, has not performed well this season. The Buccaneers will have an easier test this Sunday as they host the Minnesota Vikings.