Four weeks of professional football in the books, unbelievable how quickly the season is moving. Teams are solidifying their positions as play-off bound teams(see: New Orleans, DA FRAKIN NEW YORK GIANTS) or cellar dwellers(see: St. Louis, Tampa Bay).
Amid these four weeks of action, our old balls Rebels have fought valiantly through the toils of making six and seven digit salaries to perform on the highest level. Thus far, Eli, P-Willie and Mike Wallace have notched Rebel of the Week in the first three weeks; who played up this time?
Derrick Burgess, DE, New England Patriots: victorious over the Baltimore Ravens, 27-21; made four tackles, but only one solo to bring his total to eight tackles for the year.
Ken Lucas, CB, Seattle Seahawks: defeated by the Indianapolis Colts, 34-17; notched his first INT for the year along with one pass def and four tackles. This was a huge game for Lucas and would be for any CB, but it came in a losing effort.
Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants: victorious over the Kansas City Chiefs, 27-16; 20-34, 292 yds, 3 TDs, 1 INT and hurt his heel in a very unusually named injury. Message board doctors are insisting that they had the same injury playing golf and that he'll be back to 150 percent by week 5.
Ashlee Palmer, LB, Buffalo Bills: defeated by the Miami Dolphins, 38-10; one tackle bringing his season total to three. I'm glad Palmer is getting a chance to play in THA LEAGUE, but he's unfortunately on one of the worst teams.
Mike Wallace, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: victorious over the San Diego Chargers, 38-28; two receptions for 47 yards as the Steelers gave the ball to Rashard Mendenhall roughly 3928 times. Wallace is on pace to bring down nearly 800 yards receiving in his first year. I wish Ben Roethlisberger wasn't such a douchebag, so I could like this team more.
Patrick Willis, LB, San Francisco 49ers: victorious over the St. Louis Rams, 35-0; racked up eight tackles, one INT, a pass def and 2.5 sacks. The Rams are absolutely horrible, and these are Madden stats for a LB. P-Willie finished the game by scoring 97 percent on an organic chemistry exam having never studied the subject.
If P-Willie was on the New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots or the Chicago Bears, he'd be touted as one of the greatest LB of all time already by ESPN. Unfortunately, the West Coast media doesn't seem to value defense nearly as much. Willis is our old balls Rebel of the Week with an honorable mention going to Ken Lucas for grabbing that first pick. May many more come to you, fine sir.