TAMPA FL - DECEMBER 26: Quarterback Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers throws a pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the game at Raymond James Stadium on December 26 2010 in Tampa Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
A little belated on this one, but there are certainly plenty of heroes this week and game balls to go around. How can you not start with Josh Freeman?
As Sander noted, Josh is nominated for the FedEx Air player of the week, on the strength of a 21-26, 237-yard, 5 TD, 0 INT performance Sunday against Seattle. It was a culmination to what has been a truly remarkable and record-breaking year for the 2nd-year QB. Freeman's 5 TD passes tied a team record held by Steve DeBerg and Brad Johnson. He became the youngest QB to throw for 3000 yards in team history. Barring a total collapse in the Superdome next week, he'll also become the second quarterback in team history to throw for 3000+ yards with 20+ TDs and less than 10 INTs. Brad Johnson's team record of 26 TD passes is also in reach for Freeman, who has 23 after Sunday. It's been that kind of season for Josh and this performance was just a microcosm of that success.
Freeman has been incredibly efficient throwing the football outside the pocket, sporting the 3rd-best passer rating in the NFL on throws outside the pocket, but he was able to stand in the pocket and deliver short and long throws with pinpoint accuracy all game long.
(Tosses game ball to Josh) Here you go, big guy. You earned this one....