All-Star Team of the Week: Week 15
Gordon McGuinness picks out the best performers of Week 15 as the end of the regular season draws near.
All-Star Team of the Week: Week 15
We’re now closing in on the end of the regular season, and this week saw the first teams stamp their spots in the playoffs as others edged close and closer to a high draft pick. It’s looking more and more likely we’ll have a losing record claim the NFC South, while the AFC North could easily feature three 10 win teams. With all that the favorites are starting to be clear for the individual end of season awards too, with some of them featuring in this Week’s All Star Team of the Week.
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: Drew Brees, NO (+4.3)
As much as the Saints have struggled this season, Brees is still battling it out with Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers to see who will be our highest graded QB in 2014. He has clinical against the Bears, completing over 80% of his passes and throwing three touchdowns.
Honorable Mention: Joe Flacco, BAL
Running Back: Marshawn Lynch, SEA (+1.7)
An interesting week at running back where we saw a number of players impress on very few carries. Lynch was as dependable as always though, rushing for 91 yards and forcing 11 missed tackles in the process.
Honorable Mention: Arian Foster, HOU
Fullback: Bruce Miller, SF (+1.4)
Miller fought off competition from several other full backs this week with some solid performers across the board at full back. In the end, his work as a blocker to go along with a pair of short catches was enough to see him get the nod.
Honorable Mention: Henry Hynoski, NYG
Tight End: Rob Gronkowski, NE (+4.4)
He may have caught just three passes, but they went for a total of 96 yards and a touchdown and came accompanied with some impressive work as a run blocker. That combined was enough to see him make the team over Greg Olsen, who had a big day as a receiver.
Honorable Mention: Greg Olsen, CAR
Wide Receivers: Demaryius Thomas, DEN (+4.0) and Odell Beckham Jr., NYG (+3.6)
Continuing his impressive rookie season, Beckham pulled in 12 catches for 143 yards and three touchdowns, earning himself the highest receiving grade of any wide receiver this week. Thomas wasn’t far behind though, with 123 yards and a touchdown of his own in the win over the San Diego Chargers.
Honorable Mentions: Dez Bryant, DAL and Harry Douglas, ATL
Tackles: Joe Staley, SF (+4.3) and Bryan Bulaga, GB (+4.6)
Staley wasn’t perfect in pass protection, giving up a hurry, but made up for it with the highest run blocking grade by an offensive tackle this week. Bulaga stood out, even as the Packers stumbled against the Buffalo Bills, finishing the game with zero pressures allowed and some solid work as a run blocker.
Honorable Mentions: Andrew Whitworth, CIN and Derek Newton, HOU
Guards: Evan Mathis, PHI (+4.7) and Kevin Zeitler, CIN (+6.4)
Two standout performances as run blockers from Mathis and Zeitler here, with the Bengals guard a big reason for Jeremy Hill’s big day with his best game of the season so far. Mathis continued his run of form that has seen him grade positively in every game since his return from injury in Week 10.
Honorable Mentions: Logan Mankins, TB and Andrew Gardner, PHI
Center: Travis Frederick, DAL (+4.9)
Frederick earns the nod as our starting center for the second week in a row with another dominant performance as a run blocker. Perfect is pass protection too, he beats out Corey Linsley purely because of his superior run blocking.
Honorable Mention: Eric Dietrich-Smith, TB
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.