Today is day five of the 2011 SideLion Report Detroit Lions player of the year tournament‘s third round! Take a look at the bracket here.
Who will be the fifth player to make our Elite Eight? Polls remain open until midnight on the west coast.
(1 seed) Ndamukong Suh
First Round: bye
Second Round: def Lawrence Jackson
Ndamukong Suh’s second season doesn’t compare well to his first when looking at statistics on paper but he established himself as a presence opposing teams scheme around. His sack and tackle numbers were noticeably lower in 2011 but, as pointed out on The Lions in Winter, Suh actually had a sack, pressure or hit on the quarterback more frequently in 2011 than he did as a rookie in 2010. Ndamukong Suh’s workload was partially decreased by design and partially as a result of his two game suspension but he made his presence known, even if it didn’t show up on the stat sheet.
(4 seed) Chris Houston
First Round: def Erik Coleman
Second Round: def Amari Spievey
Not only was Chris Houston the team leader in interceptions with five, he was one of just four players in the NFL to return a pair of interceptions for touchdowns. The first was a 56-yarder from Tony Romo that helped bring the Lions back against the Cowboys while the other was a 100-yard return off Tim Tebow in Denver.
Who should advance to the fourth round of the 2011 SideLion Report Player of the Year Tournament?
- Ndamukong Suh (74%, 14 Votes)
- Chris Houston (26%, 5 Votes)
Total Voters: 19