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Friday, April 20, 2018

Denarius Moore, Larry Fitzgerald, Marshawn Lynch Were Your Unsung Heroes of Week 10

For the second straight week, LBS is fortunate enough to be sponsored by Chevy. Dropping by LBS and seeing the Chevy logo makes Del even prouder to step into his prized Silverado SS, so this week has been another week of even more enjoyment while cruising around. Another week of a Chevy sponsorship means another week of picking out the unsung heroes from this week’s NFL action. There were plenty of performances with the potential to be overlooked, so we picked out the ones that we thought were the best. Allow us to present Denarius Moore, Larry Fitzgerald, and Marshawn Lynch as our unsung heroes of Week 10.

Being that it was Week 10, the first Thursday night football game was played with the Raiders visiting the Chargers. In a game where nobody gave Oakland a shot to upset the explosive San Diego offense, Carson Palmer and company came up with some fireworks of their own. Palmer, who had thrown six interceptions in two games prior to Thursday, was able to establish fantastic chemistry with his receiving group early and often. He can thank Denarius Moore for most of that.

The rookie from Tennessee hauled in five catches for a whopping 123 yards and two of the Raiders’ three touchdowns. Moore looked impossible to cover at times, including when he burned the secondary for scores of 26 and 33 yards. Michael Bush was a more than admirable fill-in (242 total yards and a touchdown) for the injured Darren McFadden, but it was Moore who gave an already efficient running team the boost they needed in the passing game.

While you normally wouldn’t consider someone who just signed an eight-year, $128.5 million contract to be an unsung hero, Larry Fitzgerald was the exception in Week 10. On the road against a talented Eagles team that desperately needed a win, Fitzgerald was able to have his best game of the season with seven catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns. His performance was capped off with a 42-yard grab that set up the game-winning score. Oh, and he also did it all with backup quarterback John Skelton under center.

Any other NFL superstar might throw in the towel when faced with a similar situation on a below-average team, but Fitzgerald kept his foot on the gas and willed his team to an upset victory. That alone is plenty for us to reward him with Week 10 unsung hero status.

Last but not least, let’s look at the day Marshawn Lynch had against the Ravens. With a win in Pittsburgh over the Steelers in Week 9, Baltimore established itself as one of the few elite teams in the AFC. Lynch didn’t seem to care. The Ravens also have the fourth-ranked defense against the run and third-ranked overall. That didn’t seem to bother him much, either. Lynch dominated Baltimore’s defense throughout the upset victory, breaking tackles and eluding defenders while also catching passes out of the backfield. He finished with over 100 yards rushing (109) for the second straight week and added 58 yards in the passing game. Lynch also scored the game’s first touchdown which helped set the tempo for Seattle early on. Anyone who puts up those kind of numbers against one of the NFL’s best defenses deserves a tip of the cap.

Deanrius Moore, Larry Fitzgerald, and Marshawn Lynch were our unsung heroes of Week 10. Who were yours?

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