NFL Week 7: Handing Out MVP Awards for Every Game
With another exciting week of NFL football nearly over, it's time to hand out my MVP awards for each game this weekend.
Among the winners were a Pro Bowl RB from Houston, two former Super Bowl Champion QBs and an explosive rookie back in the NFC.
Here is my full rundown for the MVPs of every game in Week 7.
Seahawks vs. Browns
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MVP: Browns Defense
With only nine points scored in this game combined, I had no choice but to give the MVP award to Cleveland's defense.
The Browns' D held Seattle's offense to just 137 total yards and a field goal on the day.
They also limited the Seahawks to just nine first downs and a TOP of just over 17 minutes in one of the most dominating defensive performances of the NFL season so far.
Falcons vs. Lions
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MVP: Michael Turner
The Falcons' RB is really starting to turn up his game this season.
On Sunday, he showed once again why he is considered to be one of the best backs in the NFC.
He had 122 rushing yards for the now 4-2 Falcons, helping to spearhead an offensive attack that led Atlanta to a pivotal 23-16 win against the Lions.
Texans vs. Titans
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MVP: Arian Foster
Foster was a beast for the Texans in Week 7.
All you need to know is that he had 115 yards rushing, 119 yards receiving and three total touchdowns.
On Sunday, the Titans found out the hard way that once Foster gets rolling on your defense, it's game over from there.
Broncos vs. Dolphins
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MVP: Tim Tebow
Denver might have finally found their QB of the future.
He accounted for 230-plus yards, scored two touchdowns and led his Broncos offense down the field for two different TD-scoring drives in the fourth quarter, to help push the game into OT.
Chargers vs. Jets
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MVP: Mark Sanchez
Sanchez didn't have a great game against the Chargers in Week 7, but he did enough in his team's win to earn this award.
The former USC signal caller led three huge second-half drives to help turn out the lights on the San Diego Chargers.
Bears vs. Bucs
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MVP: Matt Forte
This guy has been nearly unstoppable in 2011.
The Bucs defense couldn't stop him either, as the Bear's star had 183 total yards, including 145 on the ground in his team's win.
Forte needs a new contract and he should get one sooner rather than later with the way that he has been playing this season.
Redskins vs. Panthers
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MVP: Cam Newton/Steve Smith
I decided to split this award two ways because Newton and Smith both had great games for the Panthers on Sunday.
Cam Newton had 315 yards from scrimmage and two TDs while Smith had seven catches for 143 yards in Carolina's win over Washington.
Both of these guys are having solid years as Newton is in the running for ROY, and Steve Smith is having a Pro Bowl season.
Chiefs vs. Raiders
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MVP: Chiefs' Secondary
What else can you say about the performance by the KC secondary in week 7?
Sure, they might have got some help on their interceptions from veteran QBs Kyle Boller and Carson Palmer on a few errant throws.
But what you can't argue is that they took over the game and their two pick-six's took the life out of the Raiders in this contest.
Steelers vs. Cardinals
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Rams vs. Cowboys
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MVP: DeMarco Murray
Dallas RB Demarco Murray might have had the best individual performance out of anyone in the league during Week 7.
The rookie back rushed for 253 yards on just 25 carries, including a 91-yard TD, which is pictured above.
Thanks to his breakout game, the 'Boys were able to easily dismantle the winless Rams by the score of 34-7.
Packers vs. Vikings
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MVP: Aaron Rodgers
The former Super Bowl MVP had another fantastic performance in Week 7 against the Vikings.
He threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns, while completing exactly 80 percent of his passes in the win.
His play has been the main reason why Green Bay has been able to get off to a blazing 6-0 start this season.
Colts vs. Saints
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MVP: Drew Brees
The former Purdue star went 31-for-35 with 325 passing yards and five touchdowns for the explosive New Orleans offense.
His 88 percent completion percentage is one of the best marks in NFL history for a QB.