WINNERS:

mettZach Mettenberger, QB: The Tennessee Titans sixth-round pick had a good game for the Titans in his NFL debut. Mettenberger threw for 299 yards, including two touchdown passes, and a 79.6 passer rating. Mettenberger was named the Titans starter on Thursday after Tennessee lost five of their last six games. The Titans are basically out of the playoff picture, and in Jake Locker’s tenure as the starting quarterback he’s been massively underwhelming on top of being unable to stay healthy long enough to keep himself on the field. Although Mettenberger played well in his first start, Houston Texans’ defensive end JJ Watt thought that he wasn’t taking the opportunity to start as serious as he should be, and after sacking him on Sunday, he celebrated with a “selfie” in order to mock the rookie, who had posted one of himself before and after a haircut the previous week. Mettenberger will remain the starter for the rest of the season unless he gets injured or is worse than Locker or Charlie Whitehurst. He’s got all the tools to be a solid starter in the league, now we have to wait and see if he can put it all together.

jbJohn Brown, WR: The Arizona Cardinals third-round standout is the other winner for this week. Brown had one hell of a game against a solid Eagles secondary yesterday. Drafted with the 91st overall pick, he came out of college being the Pittsburgh State all time leader in receptions (185), receiving yards (3,380) and receiving touchdowns (34). He also finished his collegiate career with 7,716 all-purpose yards. While Brown is small at 5’10”, he is an extremely explosive weapon on offense. Through eight weeks of his NFL career, Brown has 22 catches for 316 yards and four receiving touchdowns. Brown is emerging as the third receiving option for the Cardinals, and his five catches for 119 yards and game-winning touchdown yesterday are good signs for Arizona, who sits at 6-1. Brown is definitely a winner this week; let’s see if he can build off his performance. In my opinion, sky’s the limit.

LOSERS:

Blake Bortles, QB: Again this week, Bortles lands on the wrong end of my list. Earlier in the year I broke down Bortles’ performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he turned the ball over a few times. As I stated last time, the LAST thing you can do as a rookie quarterback in this league, is turn the ball over. Bortles continued his trend of turnovers on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. Bortles tossed two pick-sixes against the Dolphins secondary. He became the first quarterback to throw two interceptions returned for touchdowns in the same game since.. Geno Smith. Bortles was also sacked four times and fumbled once on a strip sack. I still believe Bortles has all the tools to be a successful quarterback in this league. As I said last time, the turnovers have to stop. In his time this season as a starter, he has 15 total turnovers (12 ints, 3 fumbles). Blake has too play better, but he’s definitely earned himself a spot on the losers list this week.

Eric Ebron, TE: Ebron was the tenth overall pick in this a year’s draft, and was seen by most as the most dynamic tight end in the draft. Ebron however, has been a total bust through the first eight games of the season. On the year, Ebron has ten catches for 103 yards and just one receiving touchdown. Ebron has been hurt this season and has missed a little bit of time as a result, but the fact remains that the Lions need to feature him a bit more in the offense, especially with Calvin Johnson missing his third straight game. Ebron was never really that dynamic of a player in college either, only recording a maximum of four touchdown receptions in a single season, and eight total for his career. It remains to be seen if Ebron can make a legitimate impact for the Lions or, in the league in general. One thing is certain; you could say that Ebron deserves to be on the losers list for almost every week of the season, thus far. Double-E has to get healthy and start producing.

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