It’s come down to the end of another regular season in the NFL and I thought it would be interesting to hand out some awards.
Pro Dawg MVP: Puka Nacua, WR, LA Rams, 105 Rec. 1473 yards, 12 TDs
Puka Nacua got hot in the first 2 games of the season and seemingly never cooled down even with the resurgence of Cooper Kupp. With 8 100 yard games and a pair of rookie receiving records, who else is more deserving than Puka for this award? Congrats Puka!
Pro Dawg DPOY: Budda Baker, Arizona Cardinals, 77 tackles, 50 solo
Budda Baker is the Pro Dawg defensive player of the year! On a team that performed below average, Baker was consistently the standout on defense, recording double digit tackles 3 times even after missing a month due to injury. Congrats to you, Budda!
Mark Brunell Perseverance Award: Jake Browning, Cincinnati Bengals, 1,936 yards, 12 TDs, 7 INTS.
Jake has persevered long enough to be given an opportunity to succeed with the Bengals after being cut by the Vikings, who drafted him in 2019. After Burrow’s injury, he has shown flashes of potential that’s going to make him rich with a deal, and ability that will reassure any team looking for a good quarterback. Therefore, he gets the first Mark Brunell Perseverance Award, named for the quarterback who won a Super Bowl as a backup to Drew Brees in 2010, after his prime, but good enough to have a roster spot. He has been so good for Cincinnati that they would be foolish to cut him! Congratulations on the great season, Jake! Now, to the Week 18 slate!
In Tampa, the Bucs took on the Panthers in Carolina. Cade Otton was second in receiving today with 2 catches for 30 yards. The Three Dawg Night front closed out the year with another strong performance. Joe Tryon-Shoyinka recorded 3 tackles and a sack, Greg Gaines recorded two tackles and recovered a fumble and Vita Vea recorded a solo tackle as the Bucs won 9-0 in a low scoring game.
In Cincinnati, Jake Browning and Drew Sample faced off against the Browns. Browning was 18-24 for 156 yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception, and 2 rushes for 18 yards, as Drew Sample caught 2 passes for 7 yards as the Bengals won 31-14.
In Detroit, the Lions took on the Vikings at Ford Field. Levi Owunzurike had a sack for the Lions , as the Lions won 30-20.
In Tennessee, the Titans took on the Jags in a game with massive playoff implications. Elijah Molden had 6 tackles, 4 solo and a pass deflection as the Titans eliminated the Jaguars, winning 28-20.
In Green Bay, the Bears took on the Packers. Kyler Gordon had 3 tackles, 2 solo as the Packers clinched a playoff spot, winning 17-9.
Puka Nacua worked on his record setting rookie season as he inched ever closer to the rookie records for yardage, receptions and touchdowns for a receiver. He reeled in 4 catches for 41 yards and a score as he was pulled early in the third quarter after breaking those records as the Rams beat the 49ers, 21-20.
Will Dissly had a breakout game for the Seahawks in their final regular season game. He hauled in 3 catches for 46 yards including a 19 yard touchdown catch as the Seahawks hung on to beat the Cardinals in Arizona 21-20. For his part, Budda Baker was excellent, recording 10 tackles, 8 solo for the Cardinal defense and Ezekiel Turner chipped in one tackle as well.
On Sunday night, Taylor Rapp and the Bills took on the Dolphins in Miami. Taylor Rapp had 1 tackle and a game sealing interception as the Bills beat the Dolphins, 21-14.
That’s all for these reports but I’m sure I will see you in the playoffs! It’s a big Monday for the Huskies so until next time, Go Dawgs!