Before I delve into this, I know I haven’t posted since Tuesday, which is really bad. There were several factors, everything from internet connection to just having a lot of work to do. The award week will continue, and mock drafts will be posted, I’m just sorry that they’ve gotten pushed back.
This award goes to the player that did the most in one game by himself, carrying the team on his back and exceeding all expectations that were set for him in that game. This season, there were no incredibly epic performances in the regular season, but in my opinion, and this is strictly my opinion, this award has to go to:
QB Joe Flacco, Week 15 vs Chicago
There’s nothing more Joe Flacco could’ve done in this game, the day after one of Baltimore’s biggest snowstorms and a game that was absolutely necessary for the Ravens to win to get a playoff berth. Flacco didn’t only put up great numbers, but he led the team and stepped up big time.
Here are the very nice numbers. 21-29 (72%), 234 yards and 4 passing touchdowns along with a career-best 135.6 QB rating. Sure, he’s put up more yards in a game, but think about it. He was responsible for all four touchdowns and was so effective on all four of those drives. Basically one out of every 5 completions from him was a touchdown.
Even better, this performance came before a huge game against the Steelers. Although the end result in that game wasn’t what was desired, playing that well the week before a game at Heinz Field is big.
The next award is the Play of The Year, the single best or most memorable play of the regular season. Here’s a recap of the award winner so far:
Top Rookie- CB Lardarius Webb
Top Newcomer- C Matt Birk
Most Improved Player- RB Ray Rice
Best Individual Performance- QB Joe Flacco (Week 15 vs Bears)