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    According to the Patriots, Reiss, Rappaport, and Price.

    I've never been as down on him as others and while there are other players who may be more deserving, it is a great honor for him. Congrats 36!
     
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    a shock. i thought he played fine, tho Chung had a MUCH better game. (Sanders Pick 6 was a direct results of a great play by Chung for example)

    no idea what goes into such an award, seems shaky.

    in any case, i am happy for 36. he's a solid Patriot!

    -- FRITZ
     
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    Wow, I've always liked Sanders seems like he took a step back after 07 though. I guess a pick six was enough.
     
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    How odd would it be if he also gets fined for the hit on Hines Ward?
     
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    So is this the first ever POW award given for sending a key opponent to the sidelines early? :scared:

    Sanders did play well, but as others have noted Chung was the key to the secondary -- and the key to the pick six. I guess it makes sense, though, if you just think of it as "The Patriots' defense clearly played the defensive game of the week, so let's choose the guy who scored for them to represent that."
     
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    That sounds about right--and the hit on Ward probably helped as well. Who votes on these things, anyway?
     
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    LOL good point!!!! now i understand the award, its for taking out Hines Ward.

    --FRITZ
     
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    These awards are hard to figure. Remember when Chung got hosed on the Special Teams award after the Dolphins game?

    Anyway -- watch BB sit Sanders for three games now.
     
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    So, the voters are to try to find the "key" element in the defense rather than the try to assess which player who produced the most? I agree that Chung is the difference maker on our defense. Thagt is not a reason to make him DPOY when the defense does well. The process isn't that sophisicated.

    Personally, I don't see why we can't simply congratulate Sanders on his fine performance.

    Oh yeah, I remember why. Most fans here think that he should have been cut and still want to replace sit him or him.

     
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    Seriously. Sanders is a very good player for us and probably has a lot to do with Chung's intellectual development in the system. I thought he had a very good game, personally, beyond the pick-six.

    I'm curious to see if he gets fined or not. I sort of hope he does (not that I'm for his financial loss) only because I think that will send an interesting message to defensive players. I don't think it was a flagrant hit, but it was exactly what they claim isn't allowed.



     
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    Bandwagon posters are amusing, to say the least.......JSn, you have always been centered and while I may slant towards homerism a bit - at least I know it never comes down to one player.

    Sanders is smart, knows the system well and is always prepared and in the right spot - that is crucial. If he had a bit more speed he might be almost as good as Chung is going to be next year!!

    Nice going #36!!
     
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    :confused: Nobody's talking about the overall "key" element to the Patriots' defense here (otherwise the names Mayo and Wilfork, rather than Chung, would presumably dominate). It's the perception that Chung was more productive on Sunday. He had 10 tackles to Sanders' 4, and created the turnover that Sanders brought in.

    That's not a slam on Sanders in any way, he played very well. But I'd have voted for Chung.
     
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    fair enough.

    I would probably have voted for Mayo.

    However, congrats the much maligned James Sanders!

     
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    I remember one time during the game Sanders was caught barking out some signals by the camera, the team adjusted, and they stopped Pittsburgh in the backfield (no stat for that adjustment). Should Rothlisbeger be QB of the game because he threw for more yards than Brady? Sometimes stats aren't everything.

    But the combo of Meriweather / Chung / Sanders seems to work well, I think they all compliment each others skill sets nicely.
     
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    Personally, I didn't think he was even in the running. Yes, the pick 6 was great, but otherwise I didn't think he had a remarkable day.

    Gronk needs to be the AFC offensive player of the week with three TDs. He is easily the rookie of the week.
     
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    You know, that's a good point. Chung is emerging as the leader, a guy like Rodney Harrison, while my impression is Sanders is smart but maybe not quite a top-tier guy physically, and Meriweather is a ferocious hitter but maybe not a genius on the field. I do see how as a group they could be terrific.
     
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    Not bad for a guy that a lot of people thought should have been cut. Moreover, not bad for a back-up safety.
     
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    Either Brady or Gronk would seem to be the AFC offensive player of the week. Cassel in a losing effort doesn't cut it, Orton could be in the running
     
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    The way Mike Vick played, they should give him AFC and NFC Offensive Player of the Week.
     
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    Vick was great - but let's face it, the Eagles performance the other night was just another week for us in 2007. I'm not as overwhelmed as other folks. The only difference is Brady hadn't slaughtered piles of dogs and spent two years in prison, so it was less of a big deal.

    So, Orton did get AFC Offensive POW - which I find a little surprising. Surely Gronk's 3TDs or Brady's 3TDs, 1 rushing TD, higher yardage - both against better competition - should count for something.
     
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