Another Bills victory means we need to award another game ball to Buffalo’s MVP of the game. In each of Buffalo’s last two victories, our readers have selected Fred Jackson for the honor, and you have to believe he’ll be a strong candidate again this week.
A lot of guys stepped up and played well yesterday, but only one can get our game ball for the week.
Here are the candidates:
RB Fred Jackson (26 carries, 111 yards, 1 TD; 6 catches, 85 yards) – What else can you say about what’s Jackson has accomplished this season? He’ll never win it for a variety of reasons, but you could make a case for Jackson as the league MVP so far. Pay the man, Mr. Wilson. Pay this man.
OT Chris Hairston (held Eagles DE Jason Babin to no sacks)- Earlier in the week, I wrote about how terrified I was that Hairston would not be able to hold up against the Philly pass rush. In particular, I was worried about Hairston getting smoked by Jason Babin, who was leading the league in sacks through four weeks. Well, Hairston acquitted himself pretty well. Ryan Fitzpatrick was only sacked once all game, and it wasn’t by Babin. Hairston was hardly dominant, but he was thrown into the fire and played well enough to help the team win.
LB Nick Barnett (3 tackles, 2 INT, 1 TD) - He didn’t rack up tackles, but he did make two of the game’s biggest plays with those two interceptions. You could say both were gift-wrapped, but at least he hung on to them. Barnett’s been a great addition to this team.
S George Wilson (11 tackles (1 for loss), 3 passes defended, 1 INT) – What a game Wilson had yesterday. In the first half especially, he was everywhere. Making big hits, defending passes, plus making that interception…Wilson did it all. “The Senator” is on his way to the Pro Bowl if this keeps up.
S Jairus Byrd (8 tackles (1 for loss), 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery) – In my “Buffalo’s Five Key Players” column earlier in the week I wrote about how important the safeties were going to be in this game. Byrd and Wilson proved that, bailing the team out by making big plays. Byrd’s strip of Philadelphia’s Jason Avant and subsequent recovery was a thing of beauty.
So who deserves the game ball for Week 5?