With all rivalry games this Sunday there was a lot more on the line than pride and divisional games, there was the coveted SeeYouInOctober Like a Boss Award to be settled. None of the Bills really wanted it. I think they assumed that Brady would get it going up against the Giants weak secondary in a bounce back game. Both New York (Or is it New Jersey?) teams showed up to claim the award. Let’s see who really came to play.
Sione Pouha– The big defensive tackle had a big day for Gang Green’s defense up the middle. He helped keep Fred Jackson in check as he clogged up the middle of the field and wreaked havoc on the Bills’ offensive line. Pouha had seven tackles for the Jets and ate up blocks like they were Buffalo wings at an all you can eat buffet. It seemed like his name was called on every single defensive call. Was it because of his stellar performance, or because it’s so fun to say? POUHA!!!
Jake Ballard– All season the tight end knew he was going to have to step up and play Like a Boss. He even knew which boss. With Kevin Boss leaving for the Oakland Raiders, Eli Manning lost one of his favorite targets. This season there have been a lot of balls thrown the way of Ballard, who along with Victor Cruz have proved the G-Men don’t need big names to get the job done. In their week 9 match up with the Pats Ballard was the man to go to on third down picking up key conversions and when Manning was looking for the winning score he went to Ballard.
And the award goes to…
Jake Ballard!!! The Giants tight end has found his niche in this offense: clutch performer. With no Hakeem Nicks for the game the other receivers had a challenge going into this week, although to be fair it was only the Patriots and their horrible pass defense. Eli and the guys orchestrated yet another game winning drive and Ballard was there to catch the ball when it counted most. You could say he’s sort of the boss or get lost. Did he play like a Boss? Definitely. Did he play better than the last Boss at tight end for Big Blue? Maybe.
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