All-Star Team of the Week: Week 12

Selecting out the week's best at each position, Gordon McGuinness assembles the PFF Team of the Week.

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All-Star Team of the Week: Week 12


2014-TOTW-WK12We’re closing in on the home stretch now and starting to see which teams are going to make a push for the playoffs, and which teams will be making their selection at the top of the draft. As always, another week brought us some of the same superstars shining, and a few surprises.

So who made the Team of the Week this week? Let’s find out.

(Note: Team will be updated as needed after Monday Night Football and by Wednesday when All-22 footage helps us study plays in even more detail.)

OFFENSE

Quarterback: Ryan Tannehill, MIA (+6.3)

The game didn’t go their way in the end, but that’s about as good as Tannehill has played all year. Completing 72.2% of his passes and throwing three touchdowns, he showcased the form the Dolphins need from him if they are to go anywhere late in the 2014 season.

Honorable Mention: Drew Brees, NO

Running Back: Eddie Lacy, GB (+6.0)

We’ve seen some impressive performances from running backs in recent weeks, and this might have been the best of the bunch. 125 yards, 2.8 yards averaged after contact per run, five missed tackles forced and a touchdown. Throw in a receiving touchdown for good measure and it was quite the performance from Lacy.

Honorable Mention: C.J. Anderson, DEN

Fullback: Bruce Miller, SF (+1.2)

Not a great week for fullbacks around the league, but Miller was solid as a blocker and added 40 yards on three receptions.

Honorable Mention: Anthony Sherman, KC

Tight End: Rob Gronkowski, NE (+1.4)

A strange week at tight end so far with most of the top performers doing to for their blocking alone and offering little as receivers. He may not have been at the level we’ve seen him but it was still the best all-around performance in Week 12.

Honorable Mention: Daniel Fells, NYG    

Wide Receivers: Robert Woods, BUF (+4.7) and Odell Beckham Jr. (+3.7)

A big game by Robert Woods on Monday night saw him leap to the top of our wide receiver grading for the week. With some nice catches amongst his nine receptions for 118 yards and a touchdown performance. Highlighted by that catch, Beckham Jr. continued his strong rookie season with his best game so far. Two touchdowns and four missed tackles forced, he’s becoming a force to be reckoned with.

Honorable Mentions: Emmanuel Sanders, DEN and Anquan Boldin

Tackles: Russell Okung, SEA (+4.4) and Louis Vasquez, DEN (+3.2)

A perfect day in pass protection against a defense as tough as Arizona’s is always nice, and he was one of the best run-blocking left tackles this week, too. Vasquez filled in at right tackle for the second straight game and like Okung, was perfect in pass protection and produced some nice work as a run blocker.

Honorable Mentions: Duane Brown, HOU and Geoff Schwartz, NYG

Guards: Orlando Franklin, DEN (+3.7) and Manuel Ramirez, DEN (+5.2)

Following their teammate at right tackle, both guards in Denver make the team this week. Like Vasquez, they were both perfect in pass protection but it was their work as run blockers that really got our attention — the two highest-graded guards in that regard from Week 12 so far.

Honorable Mentions: Joel Bitonio, CLV and David Joseph, STL

Center: Russell Bodine, CIN  (+3.3)

The best performance of the rookie’s young career, he was dominant against the run despite allow a quarterback hurry in pass protection.

Honorable Mention: Rodney Hudson, KC

 

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| Analyst, Lead Special Teams Analyst

Gordon has worked at PFF since 2011, and now heads up the company’s special teams analysis processes. His work in-season focuses on college football, while he is also heavily involved in PFF’s NFL draft coverage.

  • RA

    Man o man I wish Browner was still in SEA.

    • [email protected]

      Browner is great, but Maxwell is too. He played great sunday with a fantastic pick and solid coverage all day long.

      • RA

        I agree but im not sure if there is any other cb in the nfl who can set a tone like Browner.

    • babalawo49

      seattle wasn’t going to pay browner a fre agent especially after the substance abuse stuff had to let him clemons and red bryant go it hurts their depth but have suitable replacements

  • Audie Roeseler

    Fear the bear!

  • babalawo49

    dont’a hightower is so underrated and unselfish imagine if mayo was still around

  • babalawo49

    wow no new england oline man after facing the best defensive front in the nfl according to pff maybe cause tom brady got the ball out so quickly

    • Lelouch vi Britannia

      One of PFF’s weaknesses is that they don’t adjust for strength of opponent- they treat pass protection against JJ Watt the same as they do against some scrub rookie off of the practice squad. I value their analysis, but that’s one of the things you have to adjust for mentally- playing against shitty opponents inflates a player’s grade.

      • DrAWNiloc

        Among other “weaknesses” would be injuries both to the player and his supporting cast, past history of the teams, coaching, game location, weather and schedule. PFF offers one vital ingredient. Whatever else you add in to create a final product is up to you.

        • [email protected]

          If you consider flawed analysis a vital ingredient.

  • Woman’s Sport

    Rugby>NFL

    • Tim

      Lose Weight Bum
      Football > Rugby