Below are the Power Players for Game 8 and below that you'll find the year-to-date leaders based on the games scored beginning with Game 5.
Monday night versus the Patriots was a true team effort by the Colts defense,
as you'll see by how the point totals were spread out evenly more than any week
so far in our scoring. Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney was given the edge
over Montae Reagor as one of his big plays stopped an early Patriots threat and
momentum at the Colts 17. The Patriots had intercepted a Manning pass and drove
to the Colts 17 when Freeney knocked the ball loose and gave the ball back to
the offense. They capitalized and pulled ahead 21-7 to put the Patriots in
catch-up mode for the balance of the night.
POWER PLAYER OF THE WEEK
In the 2nd quarter, Freeney turned Raheem Brock's forced fumble into an 18-yard loss when the ball bounced off his chest before touching the ground, forcing it to roll deeper into Patriots territory. Later that quarter, Freeney was engaged by a Patriots lineman yet reached out with his left hand to strip the ball. John Madden credited Bob Sanders with the forced fumble due to his big hit on Dillon -- but watch the tape. It was Freeney pulling it loose before Sanders made contact.
THE REST OF THIS WEEK'S POWER PLAYERS
Reagor had the first Power Play of the night in the second quarter, stopping the Patriots on their second drive with a tackle on a 3rd-down screen play and forcing a punt. He got his second point when he recovered the Doug Flutie fumble on the last play of the game.
5T. Raheem Brock (1 point): Forced a fumble in the
5T. Robert Mathis (1 point): Forced a fumble on the final play of the game.
5T. Cato June (1 point): In the 4th quarter, June hit a Patriots receiver as he bobbled a pass on a 3rd-down play, forcing an incomplete pass and a punt.
5T. Bob Sanders (1 point): Big hit on Corey Dillon in the 2nd quarter.
5T. Jason David (1 point): Recovered the 2nd quarter fumble by Corey Dillon.
5T. Gary Brackett (1 point): On the Patriots' first possession of the 2nd half, Brackett knocked a pass away on 3rd-down, forcing a punt.
5T. Nick Harper (1 point): The Patriots went for the first-down on a 4th-and-four and tried a quick inside slant. Harper engaged David Givens, forcing an incomplete pass and ending the possession.
POWER PLAYER LEADER BOARD YEAR-TO-DATE
(Beginning with Week 5. Numbers in parentheses shows last week's rank)
2. Robert Mathis
11.5 points (2nd)
3. Dwight Freeney
9.5 points (3rd)
|4T. Nick Harper: 6 points (4th)
4T. Montae Reagor: 6 points (5th)
6. Jason David: 4.5 points (6th)
7T. Raheem Brock: 3 point (10th)
7T. Mike Doss: 3 points (7th)
9T. Larry Tripplett: 2.5 points (8th)
9T: Marlin Jackson: 2.5 points (8th)
11T. David Thornton: 2 point (10th)
11T. Bob Sanders: 2 point (11th)
13T. Gary Brackett: 1 point (None)
13T. Corey Simon: 1 point (12th)
15: Josh Thomas: .5 point (13th)