Purdue Boilermakers in the NFL: 2014 Season, Week 5

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Oct 5, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Kyle Orton (18) looks at his bench during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Bills beat the Lions 17-14. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Here at Boiling With Bias, not only do we love to show out bias for the Purdue Boilermakers, but we also love to show our bias towards former Purdue athletes who have gone on to play professionally. With that said, each week we will bring you “Purdue Boilermakers in the NFL”, a recap column of what former Boilermakers did in their respective games.

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It was a better week for our former Purdue Boilermakers as they went a collective 8-3 (sadly Shaun Phillips and Bernard Pollard count as two each time the Tennessee Titans lose). Not everyone put on a great show, but it was nice to see the players who were formerly part of  the “Den of Defensive Ends” and “Cradle of Quarterbacks” play exceptionally well this week.

We also saw two Boilermakers make returns to the starting lineup. Kyle Orton in Buffalo and Anthony Spencer in Dallas, which I was apparently a week behind on since I had no idea Spencer played last week.

When it came to choosing our award winners for the week, it was actually pretty easy because two guys stood out from the rest with their performances. In case this is your first go around, our two awards are the Boiler Up, which goes to the player with the best week-over-week performance, and the Hammer Down, which goes to the player with the best weekly performance.

The Boiler Up Award goes to Kyle Orton for his performance against the Detroit Lions. Yeah, he may have thrown a pick-six to put his team behind 14-0 early on, but he was able to bring the Buffalo Bills back from the dead and win 17-14. Not bad for a guy many thought was retiring back in the summer.

The Hammer Down Award goes to Kawann Short for the second straight week. No one had a better game this week than Short. His fumble recovery in the fourth quarter set up the Carolina Panthers to score the go-ahead touchdown and this his strip-sack in the fourth sealed the victory. Short is becoming a household name outside of West Lafayette and it won’t be long before everyone in the country knows who he is.

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Now let’s see how our former Purdue Boilermakers fared this week.