This week’s “Dude…” award was a tough call. Plenty of surprising performances tempted our hand, but in the end, you have to give it to the guy some people considered dropping last week, Braylon Edwards.
The Cleveland Browns wide receiver has had a slooooow start against some of the tougher defenses in the league and just couldn’t seem to catch the balls that did come his way. Braylon Edwards, are you who we thought you were?
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Edwards had his first big game of the season on the Monday night stage and against what had been a ferocious Giants defense. The pass rush and Aaron Ross couldn’t shut him down. He finished the game with 154 yards and a touchdown off just five catches. That comes out to a pretty nice yards per catch average.
The difference tonight for the Browns was that they hit big plays early in the game and kept them going throughout. I am sure the addition of Donte Stallworth for his first game of the season didn’t hurt either. He took pressure off of Edwards and kept the Giants defense honest even without Kellen Winslow, Jr. around.
Congrats to Braylon. Your own “Dude…” plaque is in the…well, ha, we don’t actually award a prize. This is awkward…
All the runners-up this week could be considered co-winners with Edwards — but this is no league for co-winners. “Co-” titles should really only be reserved for cheerleading captains.
Here’s who came up just short:
- Texans QB Matt Schaub: 379 yards, passing TD, 2 INTs, rushing TD (game winner)
- Browns QB Derek Anderson: 310 yards, 2 TDs
- Broncos RB Michael Pittman: 109 rushing yards, 16 receiving yards
- Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew: 125 rushing yards, 2 TDs, 23 receiving yards
- Falcons K Jason Elam: 5 field goals (including game winner)