For the second time this season, the Rams have a special teams player eligible for an award following a monster performance. First it was Johnny Hekker against the Washington Redskins, although one could make a case that he should be on there this week as well after throwing the only touchdown pass against the Seattle Seahawks.
However, this week it is Greg Zuerlein on the ballot, after kicking the Rams to a win on Sunday. NFL.com sums up his performance as good as anyone:
Zuerlein was four for four on field goals including a 58-yarder and a franchise long 60-yarder in the Rams win over the Seattle Seahawks 19-13. He became the first kicker in NFL history to make a 60-yard and 50-plus yard field goal in the same game.
You can vote for Greg Zuerlein by visiting NFL.com and clicking “Select,” then “Submit Vote” for the St. Louis Rams kicker.
Up against Zuerlein are Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill, Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III, New England Patriots RB Brandon Bolden, and Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict. To show off a little bit of my Rams bias, here is why you shouldn’t vote for each of those players:
Ryan Tannehill: Did not win the game… enough said
Brandon Bolden: Played against a non-existent defense in the Buffalo Bills. They gave up 580 yards in the game, and Bolden was simply luck enough to get some playing time after they got up big. Fellow running back, Stevan Ridley, also had a 100+ rushing game, but topped his own teammate with two touchdowns to Bolden’s one
Robert Griffin III: 323 yards is impressive, especially if you tack on the 43 yards rushing. But, no touchdown passes? Hell, even Tony Romo had a one touchdown.. well, three touchdowns, if you count the one to Lance Briggs and the one of the Charles Tillman
Vontaze Burfict: His stat line reads eight tackles, two tackles for a loss, one sack, and one pass break up. Janoris Jenkins gets 5+ tackles on a regular basis from the cornerback spot. Jenkins had three tackles, one tackle for a loss, and one pass break up, on top of shutting down Sidney Rice and Golden Tate. Burfict did not even lead his own team in sacks, or lead the game in any single category. Plus, playing against the Jags… come on.