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.
All-Star Team of the Week: Week 12
We’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.)
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
Gordon McGuinness | 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.