We are starting to hit the best part of the NFL season. Playoff races are heating up, we’re starting to see snow falling during some games and it’s getting close to playoff time for fantasy football. This week’s edition of Dave & Adam’s “Leaders of the Pack” has our first back-to-back winner plus two newcomers that had huge days for their respective teams.
When the Packers win this season, they win big. Green Bay has scored 27 or more points in all seven of their victories this season, including over 50 points in their last two wins. For the second-straight week the Packers pounded their competition as they beat the Eagles 53-20 in what was supposed to be a matchup of two NFC heavyweights. Aaron Rodgers once again had a big day as he threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns and became the first ever back-to-back “Leaders of the Pack” winner.
Unlike last week when Rodgers beat the Bears on his own with six touchdowns, this performance was part of a complete team effort. Eddie Lacy rushed for a touchdown, the defense scored two touchdowns and special teams returned a punt for a touchdown. But it’s Rodgers that is the leader of this Packers team in the same fashion that the other great quarterbacks do it. He can carry the team to victory or be a part of a great team effort. Now Green Bay is 7-3 and tied with the Detroit Lions for first place in the NFC North.
If there is a team that can make an unknown running back into a star it’s the New England Patriots. Ben-Jarvis Green-Ellis, Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, Danny Woodhead, Branden Bolden…it doesn’t matter who it is, just let Tom Brady hand the ball to some guy and they’re going to rack up yards. The newest face in the New England backfield is rookie Jonas Gray and he is this week’s “Leader of the Pack” at running back for his outstanding performance against the Colts on Sunday night.
Gray was activated off the practice squad after Stevan Ridley went down with an injury and has quickly become the top rusher on the depth chart. Gray scored four touchdowns and ran for 199 yards in the Pats’ 44-20 win. The four TDs set a New England franchise record and were their first four scores of his NFL career.
I would like to include links to some Jonas Gray collectibles, but there aren’t any to link to. It appears that a Jonas Gray football card not yet been produced. In the meantime check out some of the football releases from this season until we can find a Jonas Gray card.
We go from an undrafted rookie to a top 10 pick for the “Leader of the Pack” at wide receiver as the seventh overall pick from last May’s draft, Mike Evans, had the biggest day of his career. Evans caught seven passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns in Tampa Bay’s 27-7 win over Washington to earn LOTP honors for Week 11. He has been on fire the last three weeks with 458 yards and five touchdowns. Evans has been the lone bright spot on a 2-8 Buccaneers team that sits last in the lowly NFC South.
Unlike Jonas Gray there are plenty of Mike Evans rookie cards available in 2014 football products. With his solid to date rookie campaign Evans has been one of the top performing players from the 2014 draft. Evans rookie cards are doing well in the secondary market, especially rookie auto and rookie auto patch cards. Be sure to get some boxes from this year’s football collection and find some Evans rookies.