Buckeye NFLer of the Week: 5

By Corey Carpenter on October 7, 2008 at 2:00 pm
Looking to shed the bust label

It was another rough statistical week for the Buckeyes in the NFL, but a couple of former Tarblooders rose to the occasion and battled for this week's award.

We have been praising the play of Donte Whitner recently and he was active again yesterday in the Bills first loss of the season at Arizona. Whitner was credited with 9 tackles, but Kurt Warner completed 33 passes for 250 yards and 2 touchdowns in leading the Cardinals to the 41-17 win.

Donte has recorded 30 stops on the year, ranking him 11th in the league amongst DB's. Buffalo has their bye this upcoming weekend, before hosting San Diego in week seven.

Ted Ginn must have been hearing the whispers about being a bust, as he turned in his best game thus far and his second straight 5+ catch performance, earning him our NFLer of the Week.

Teddy Ballgame had 3 catches for 27 yards in his first two games, but after hauling in 7 catches for 65 yards yesterday, he has now lead the Dolphins in receptions each of the last two games. His numbers weren't eye popping this week, but he had some key catches, including a 14 yarder on 3rd down late in the fourth quarter, allowing Miami to run out the clock.

The Dolphins have been a surprise the last couple of weeks and Ted is benefiting from a veteran quarterback. Pennington's less than desired arm strength doesn't bode well for Ginn's speed, reflected in his 8.7 yards per catch, but the chemistry is growing and Teddy's numbers should continue to rise.

For those of you who stayed up for the Monday Night game, I'm sure you have an argument for Antoine Winfield winning this week's award, after he recorded five tackles, a sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery and returned a blocked field goal for six in the first half, but Ted's clutch grabs could help springboard Miami.