Tuesday, November 23, 2010
NFC West High Energy Player of the Week
By Mike Sando
A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 11:
A fat stat line isn't necessarily a requirement for this weekly award.
Matt Hasselbeck did his part in Seattle's Week 11 loss to the Saints.
It certainly helps.
The Seattle Seahawks' Matt Hasselbeck is the first two-time winner in the NFC West after passing for 366 yards against New Orleans while playing with an edge that gave his team at least a fighting chance.
"Matt's our leader, especially on that side of the ball," veteran strong safety Lawyer Milloy said. "We have to match his intensity."
Hasselbeck completed 72.7 percent of his passes with one touchdown, no interceptions and a 104.9 rating.
He completed seven third-down passes for first-down yardage, once for a 2-yard touchdown to Ben Obomanu and later on his final three attempts from third-and-7 or longer. He shoved Saints safety Usama Young while players fought to recover a fumble. He made unconventional handoffs to protect the cracked bones in his left wrist.
In short, Hasselbeck did just about everything he could to help his team. It wasn't enough to beat the Saints, but it stood out on a day when every NFC West team came up short on the scoreboard.