All-Star Team of the Week: Week 16
The best from every position brought together by Gordon McGuinness for a this week's All-Star team.
All-Star Team of the Week: Week 16
We’re almost there, just one more game to go in Week 16 and then we’re onto the final week of the regular season, which feels like it has passed in a flash. Still, we’ve got plenty to look forward to next week, with playoff spots and division crowns up for grabs. Before we get to that, however, let’s focus on the best players from Week 16, as we dig into the Team of the Week.
(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: Tony Romo, DAL (+5.8)
Completing 90% of his passes, and throwing for four touchdowns, Romo’s big performance edged his place in the Team of the Week ahead of Russell Wilson. A smart and efficient performance with plenty of good throws throughout, Romo has the Cowboys on a roll heading into the playoffs.
Honorable Mention: Russell Wilson, SEA
Running Back: Lamar Miller, MIA (+3.8)
A nice all-around performance from Miller, with the Dolphins’ running back amassing 150 yards from scrimmage and scoring a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings. A much stronger second half to the season from Miller, and Sunday also saw his biggest workload of the season so far.
Honorable Mention: Marshawn Lynch, SEA
Fullback: Bruce Miller, SF (+2.1)
Another nice game for Miller, who is finishing the season strong, as he lead the way with the highest run-blocking grade for a fullback this week with some consistently impressive blocking.
Honorable Mention: John Kuhn, GB
Tight End: Jason Witten, DAL (+4.3)
Romo’s favorite target on Sunday, Witten caught all seven passes thrown his way for 90 yards and a touchdown. That was similar to Philadelphia’s Zach Ertz, but Witten beats him to the starting spot due to his impressive work as a blocker too.
Honorable Mention: Zach Ertz, PHI
Wide Receivers: Rueben Randle, NYG (+4.6) and Jordy Nelson, GB (+3.5)
A big day for Randle saw him average 22 yards per reception as he racked up 132 yards and a touchdown against the St. Louis Rams. Nelson wasn’t far behind with 113 yards and a touchdown of his own, with both catching every ball thrown their way.
Honorable Mentions: Dez Bryant, DAL and Julio Jones, ATL
Tackles: Donald Penn, OAK (+6.3) and D.J. Fluker, SD (+4.7)
Penn and Tyron Smith finished Sunday with the same grade, but a stronger showing from Penn in pass protection saw him just win out. On the right side it was Fluker’s work as a run blocker on Saturday night that saw him as our top-graded right tackle so far this week.
Honorable Mentions: Tyron Smith, DAL and Derek Newton, HOU
Guards: Evan Mathis, PHI (+3.9) and T.J. Lang, GB (+6.3)
Mathis keeps his place in the Team of the Week once again with another perfect day in pass protection. Over on the other side, Lang was also perfect, adding in some quality blocks in the running game to cement his place in the team.
Honorable Mentions: Orlando Franklin, DEN and J.R. Sweezy, SEA
Center: Maurkice Pouncey, PIT (+2.2)
In a week that lacked a dominant performance from a center, Pouncey was solid and efficient, not allowing any pressure and adding some solid blocks in the running game.
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.