Week 8 Grades: Seymour shines; O'Sullivan plays himself out of a job
When healthy, Seymour is the rare physical phenom whose passion for the game and temperament match his god-given gifts. Seymour has extremely long arms and uncanny natural leverage that allows him to power through opponents, like he did in the Rams contest when he literally pushed back and then threw high-priced free agent left guard
And therein lies the greatness of Seymour. Yes, he led the team in tackles with seven, which is quite the feat by itself for a 3-4 defensive end who is tasked with the responsibility of two-gapping the offensive tackle across from him. (
Greatness in the NFL only occurs when amazing physical attributes are combined with outstanding attention to detail from a technique standpoint, and when that player has a fervor for the game that borders on obsession. Seymour is all of that and yet truly unique among elite defensive lineman in that he never takes a play off or relents in any fashion. He will be a force to be reckoned with for the remainder of the season as long as he can avoid injury, which has plagued him in recent years.
He had a pair of fumbles and a costly interception on Sunday that Seahawks defensive back
O'Sullivan was replaced at halftime with
But Favre's mistakes will be temporarily forgotten and forgiven thanks to Washington, the little engine that could in every facet of the game. Washington finished with 274 all-purpose yards on his 13 touches, scoring a touchdown both rushing and receiving. If it wasn't for Washington's explosive scoring plays, the Jets would have been toast and their playoff hopes would be on life support.
His biggest play, however, may have been his punt return in the fourth quarter that set up the game-winning touchdown pass from Favre to
Despite his outstanding game, Washington was not politicking for more opportunities after the victory. "I just do the best I can when my number is called," he told me when I spoke to him after the game on Sirius NFL Radio. Hopefully the Jets will see the wisdom in calling No. 29 more often.
Pennington had time to pick apart a Bills secondary that was supposed to be aided by the return of top corner
The Bills had a golden opportunity to stay one game ahead of the Patriots in the AFC East and continue their winning ways with