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Patriots, Dolphins, Jets, Bills: Handing Out Week 11 Game Balls

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Patriots:   

When your team scores 59 points, forces 4 turnovers, and even has a special teams touchdown, it is hard to give out just one game ball. With that being said, I am going to give the Patriots game ball to cornerback Aqib Talib.         

In the second quarter, making his first start as a New England Patriot, Talib picked off Andrew Luck and returned it 59 yards to give the Patriots their first lead of the game (which they would not relinquish). After Talib’s interception, Luck and the Colts offense seemed flustered and only managed 10 more points the rest of the game.        

Jets:

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Despite the fact that Mark Sanchez and the Jets offense had their first productive game in 3 weeks, the game ball for this week goes to the Jets defense.          

After giving up a touchdown on the Rams opening drive, the Jets managed to shut out the Rams the rest of the way. Not only that, but they managed to force 3 turnovers and continually gave Mark Sanchez and the Jets offense great field position. This allowed the Jets offense to be much more conservative and stick to their run game more consistently than they had been able to the past few weeks.

Bills:

While the Bills offense sputtered yet again and failed to get in the end zone, CJ Spiller was the only Bill to have a productive day offensively. Which is why he gets my week 11 game ball.         

With no Fred Jackson, who was out with an injury, Spiller had more of a workload against a solid Dolphins defense and he delivered. Spiller managed 91 yards rushing and 29 receiving for an offense that only totaled 281 yards as a team.

Worth noting: Leodis McKelvin had the Bills only touchdown on a punt return and could have very easily received the Bills game ball this week as well.

Dolphins:

The Dolphins offense couldn’t even muster 200 yards of offense, which caused their defense to be on the field for more than 35 minutes of game time.       Despite being on the field so much, the Dolphins defense managed to keep the Bills out of the end zone. Which is why the game ball goes to Dolphins FS Reshad Jones. Jones led the team with 11 tackles and also forced a fumble, while Sean Smith had the 2nd highest tackle total with only 6.         

In the end, there wasn’t a whole lot to like for the Dolphins on Thursday night, but Jones and the defense did their part.