All-PFF Team, Week 2

| September 22, 2011

Among those that had a good day in Week 2 are some who’ve now made the list twice already, a handful of San Francisco defenders, some offensive linemen from unexpected places, and an Eagle that put on a display that all should go back and watch again.
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With the “Had a Bad Day” Team soon to follow, let’s first look at the best of Week 2 and the All-PFF Team:
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OFFENSE
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Quarterback: Tom Brady (+7.5), New England Patriots

Two weeks on the trot for the Patriots’ Brady, narrowly edging out both Josh Freeman and Jason Campbell. The difference-maker was how all three performed under pressure, with Brady showing his peers the way in completing 83.3% of his passes when pressured.
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Running Back: Fred Jackson (+4.0), Buffalo Bills

And another repeat winner. Jackson fully deserves this award with another one of those complete performances that are his calling card. 117 yards at 7.8 yards a pop? Not bad. Four forced missed tackles? Nice. No pressure given up? Like it. Jackson may be the most underrated running back in the league but not for long at this rate.
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Full Back: Jim Kleinsasser (+1.9), Minnesota Vikings

They don’t make them like Kleinsasser anymore. Even after giving up a penalty he still had the highest grade of all fullbacks this week.
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Tight Ends: Tony Gonzalez (+5.0), Atlanta Falcons

It would appear rumors of a Gonzalez demise have been greatly exaggerated. He brought in a couple of touchdown passes in a vintage display of what Gonzo has been about for his entire career.
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Wide Receivers: Kenny Britt (+4.0), Tennessee Titans and Miles Austin (+2.0), Dallas Cowboys

It’s scary to think how good Kenny Britt can be just by avoiding run-ins with the law. He picked up 135 yards on nine catches, with the Ravens unable to cope with him. As forAustin, well without him the Cowboys are 0-2. His three touchdown performance only highlights how troubling missing him for any length of time will be.
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Tackles: Trent Williams (+4.2), Washington Redskins and Andre Smith (+2.6), Cincinnati Bengals

Two former high draft picks lining up on opposite ends of the line, with both looking to get their careers on the right path. Williams allowed one quarterback hit and had a good day against Calais Campbell in the run game. Smith may have given up a sack, but very little else in a solid display. Both men will face stronger opposition in the future.
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Guards: Kory Lichtensteiger (+4.5), Washington Redskins and Anthony Herrera (+3.5), Minnesota Vikings

Not two names you would imagine seeing on this list. But they’re here on merit with both men giving up the solitary pressure and opening up some holes in the run game. Can they maintain this level?
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Center: Lyle Sendlein (+4.3), Arizona Cardinals

Something has gone wrong. Two Redskins, a Viking and now a Cardinal? Am I accidentally writing the bad day team of the week? Sendlein comprehensively won his matchup with nose tackle Barry Cofield, and even got to the second level on more than one occasion to show London Fletcher-Baker what’s what.
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DEFENSE  (4-3 and 3-4 looks)
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Defensive Ends (4-3): Trent Cole (+10.8), Philadelphia Eagles and Robert Mathis (+5.2), Indianapolis Colts

12 total Quarterback Disruptions from Cole who treated Sam Baker in ways you just shouldn’t treat another human being. Relentless and with some great run defense thrown in. Mathis was only on the field for 36 snaps but made them all count. A hit and four pressures to go along with a defensive stop. A combo of Artis Hicks and Oniel Cousins were never going to be able to stop him.
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Defensive Tackle (4-3): Haloti Ngata (+4.8), Baltimore Ravens and Cullen Jenkins (+4.6), Philadelphia Eagles

Another Eagle, though this one picked up two sacks and was utterly disruptive when the Falcons tried to run with him on the field. Ngata may not have a stat line that jumps out at you, but look at the rushing total of Chris Johnson. That goes some way to showing the impact of the big Ravens lineman.
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Linebackers (4-3): Chris Kelsay (+4.7), Buffalo Bills, Ray Lewis (+3.3), Baltimore Ravens and Jerod Mayo (+3.0), New England Patriots

Whenever Chris Kelsay is looking like a star, you know things are on the up turn in Buffalo. He got pressure when he rushed and constantly beat Khalif Barnes. Mayo showed up with six defensive stops and a game changing forced fumble. Inside, Ray Lewis isn’t as consistent as he was but can still put in a top notch performance, even in a losing effort. He was all around the ball carrier, beating linemen like Jake Scott en route.
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Defensive Line (3-4): Justin Smith (+6.5), San Francisco 49ers, B.J. Raji (+4.4), Green Bay Packers and Antonio Smith (+4.4), Houston Texans

Yawn. Justin Smith making another team of the week. Why? Ask Doug Free. And if he’s still recovering from the mauling Smith gave him, then ask Derrick Dockery. Smith beat up on him too. Unstoppable. On the other side we’re putting Antonio Smith after he picked up a sack, two hits and two pressures. There aren’t many players in the league who appear to enjoy hitting he quarterback as much as the Texan. On the nose it’s Raji, who has started this season as he finished last: frighteningly good. Not many nose tackles can pick up a sack and four pressures in one game, and still have a positive grade in run defense.
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Outside Linebackers (3-4): James Harrison (+4.1), Pittsburgh Steelers and Ryan Kerrigan (+4.2), Washington Redskins

If James Harrison isn’t at full strength now there should be a lot of tackles worrying about how much better he can get. Another four pressure day for the Steelers linebacker. He’s joined by rookie OLB Ryan Kerrigan who got one more pressure than Harrison in a really solid all round display.
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Inside Linebackers (3-4): Navorro Bowman (+3.4) and Patrick Willis (+3.3), San Francisco 49ers

Okay, now I’m starting to understand why Takeo Spikes was let go. Bowman was a tackling machine (11), but Willis was just as good in making defensive stops (five). They’ll make it hard to run up the gut on the ‘Niners.
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Cornerbacks: Cortland Finnegan (+5.2), Tennessee Titans and Carlos Rogers (+4.0), San Francisco 49ers

You can sometimes forget how good a player Finnegan is with all the talk of him being dirty, but maybe he’s going back to basics because he looked back to his 2008 best with a display that included two passes given up, and four pass deflections. Rogers may have been smacked in the head by an errant pass, but he’s looking like an excellent value FA signing. He allowed just half of the eight balls thrown his way for 41 yards.
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Safeties: Antoine Bethea (+3.8), Indianapolis Colts and Troy Polamalu (+3.4), Pittsburgh Steelers

Bethea is showing people that’s it not all bad with the Colts. He broke up a pass, stopped a receiver for a loss and had the highest rating of all safeties this week. Polamalu was Polamalu. A sack here, five defensive stops there and a pass deflection for good measure. He contributes in every phase of the game.
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SPECIAL TEAMS
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Andy Lee (+4.0) of the 49ers remains one of the best punters in the business … Colts kicker Adam Vinateri (+1.6) was perfect on the day … Anyone wondering where Joshua Cribbs (+2.1) has been should watch what he did against the Colts on his kick returns … Kroy Biermann and Leigh Torrence led all with three special teams tackles this week
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  • drgarnett

    I’m curious as to why PFF has moved Jim Kleinsasser from TE to FB. He’s a fabulous blocker, though.

  • http://www.profootballfocus.com Sam Monson

    Because the Vikings had this week :)