The Jets lost yesterday so it is our sad duty to give out an anti-game ball. Don’t be fooled by the glamorous name. The anti-game ball goes to a player whose contribution was overwhelmingly negative.
Our two rules for the anti-game ball are we try to avoid giving it to the quarterback and to repeat winners whenever feasible. Josh McCown wouldn’t be a major contender, but our repeat recipient rule helps to save Demario Davis who otherwise would have been in the running.
Juston Burris could have easily earned this distinction after being burned for two touchdowns in coverage and missing a tackle on another long touchdown run. I am awarding my anti-game ball to Darron Lee, however.
It was another rough game for Lee whose negative contributions involved a bit of everything. He couldn’t get off blocks. He filled the wrong gaps. He overpursued. He bit on play action.
He ultimately receives the anti-game ball because I am fairly certain he was the primary culprit for the two long touchdown runs the Raiders had in the second half that broke the game open. Burris had the aforementioned missed tackle on the first one, but he was only in a position to miss that tackle because Lee lost his assignment so badly and was blown off the ball. On the second long touchdown, Lee overpursued the play and turned what should have been an easy clean up tackle into a long touchdown.
Darron Lee gets my anti-game ball. Who gets yours?