Had a Bad Day Team, Week 5
Khaled Elsayed returns for his weekly look at some of the worst individual performances from Week 5 in the NFL.
Had a Bad Day Team, Week 5
Indeed, there’s a host of Bills who make the team after their mauling, but they’re not alone. There’s a fine selection of players joining them. Some have gone to Pro Bowls, some have won Super Bowls, and some have even been voted the second best player in the NFL by the team at PFF.
Nobody is safe in the ‘Had a Bad Day’ team of the week.
Quarterback: Ryan Fitzpatrick, BUF (-4.8)
Another substandard display from a quarterback who continues to make a mockery of the deal Buffalo handed him. Just 126 yards and a terrible interception marked out another poor performance as Fitzpatrick was again culpable in a display that shows just how far south the Bills’ season, that promised so much, has drifted.
Running Back: Chris Johnson, TEN (-2.7)
Things started well for Johnson, breaking tackles on his first two carries, but he didn’t maintain that improvement. Not only did he average just 1.6 yards per carry, but he put the ball on the ground as well. Johnson’s ‘fine’ season continues.
Full Back: Jorvorskie Lane, MIA (-2.4)
Even one of the coolest names in the NFL won’t keep you off this team if you fumble the ball on one of your two carries.
Tight End: Scott Chandler, BUF (-2.3)
He picked up 40 yards, but his fumble at the end of the second half turned the game and he also dropped a pass. After a strong start to the season this was a letdown from Chandler.
Wide Receivers: T.Y. Hilton, IND (-3.4) and Steve Smith, CAR (-3.2)
Hilton put a ball on the ground and picked up just 37 yards from nine balls thrown his way. Over in Carolina, Steve Smith broke three tackles but in dropping two passes didn’t help his quarterback out a great deal on his way to a 40-yard (from 11 targets) day.
Tackles: D’Anthony Batiste, ARZ (-5.5) and Kelechi Osemele, BLT (-5.7)
It may have happened way back on Thursday but it’s near impossible to forget just how badly Batiste was beaten by the Rams’ Robert Quinn. He gave up three sacks and five hurries, which is almost identical (one more sack) to what Osemele surrendered. Neither man can be happy with their day’s work.
Guards: Amini Silatolu, CAR (-3.7) and Adam Synder, ARZ (-4.0)
The Panthers rookie guard had his hands full against an active Seahawks defensive line, while Snyder managed to give up three sacks in another one of his ‘vintage’ displays.
Center: Eric Wood, BUF (-3.3)
The Bills’ offensive line is famed for not giving up pressure, so to see their starting center give up a sack, hit and two hurries… well, it’s not good.
Defensive Front 4-3
Defensive Ends: Mark Anderson, BUF (-6.1) and Will Smith, NO (-5.5)
Buffalo has to be worried about their investment in Anderson. They tried moving him about but he drew a blank in the passing game, though he did add two stops in the run game. Smith found himself swallowed up by Jared Gaither, doing what damage he could against tight ends and when Rivers was flushed from the pocket.
Defensive Tackle: Marcell Dareus, BUF (-7.1) and Kyle Williams, BUF (-4.0)
If you saw the Bills get bullied by the 49ers’ offensive line it won’t be a surprise to see both men on this list. Williams was bad, but the performance of Dareus really had to be seen to be believed. It doesn’t matter if you’re a first-rounder or an undrafted free agent, there’s really no excuse for that performance.
Linebackers: Mychal Kendricks, PHI (-7.5), Chase Blackburn, NYG (-4.9) and Jamar Chaney, PHI (-4.0)
Two Eagles linebackers who between them missed seven tackles, with six of them by the previously impressive rookie Kendricks. Completing the set of NFC East linebackers is Blackburn who was overmatched trying to tackle Trent Richardson in space on his way to three missed tackles.
Defensive Front 3-4
Defensive Line: Justin Smith, SF (-2.4), Dan Williams, ARZ (-2.2) and Jerel Worthy, GB (-2.5)
While Williams was only on the field for 31 snaps his failure to make an impression on a Rams offensive line beset by injury was disappointing. He’s surrounded by Worthy of the Packers who didn’t help his cause with two penalties, and Justin Smith. Whisper it quietly but while the 49ers defense is excelling, Smith isn’t quite playing near the level he did last year.
Outside Linebackers: Jarret Johnson, SD (-1.5) and Shaun Phillips, SD (-1.3)
It remains something of an oddity that Johnson found his way to San Diego. One of the best edge defenders of the run in the game has looked a step out of place in San Diego and continues to struggle to generate any pressure. Phillips did pick up a sack, hit and hurry but on 34 rushes you’d like more of a return.
Inside Linebackers: Paris Lenon, ARZ (-4.1) and London Fletcher, WAS (-3.9)
A tough day for Fletcher who wasn’t up to the task of dealing with Tony Gonzalez in coverage as he missed three tackles. Lenon only missed the one but gave up a touchdown in coverage and was ineffective against the run.
Cornerbacks: Buster Skrine, CLV (-5.0) and Jerraud Powers, IND (-3.1)
Think the Browns will be glad to get Joe Haden back? Skrine was victimized far worse than the six of nine for 58 yards, a touchdown and two penalties said. Meanwhile, Colts cornerback Powers surrendered two touchdowns as he struggled to cope with the Packers’ passing attack.
Safeties: Malcolm Jenkins, NO (-6.1) and Michael Griffin, TEN (-5.1)
Two former first-round picks, both competing to be the worst safety this week. Jenkins was all over the place, neglecting his deep responsibilities, missing tackles (four) and even drawing a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct. Griffin matched the four missed tackles as his poor season continued.
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