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.

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All-Star Team of the Week: Week 16


2014-TOTW-WK16We’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.)

OFFENSE

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

 

Turn to Page 2 for the best performers on defense…

| 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.

  • Football

    This JJ Watt cocksucking is ridiculous

    • Ben Peterson

      I was going to debate you, but then I saw it was you and thought better of it.

    • Chris

      LOL JJ WATT FOR MVP

  • Football

    Also: Tony Romo is a game manager

    • “Football” Killa

      foh

      • Dillon Senju

        lmaooo your name tho

    • kamso

      Game manager with highest completion percentage and 32 touchdowns. Seems to be more than just a game manager but that’s just me.

      • Football

        And the 23rd most attempts. Any average QB could have his stats and completion% with DeMarco Murray and that O-Line

        • kamso

          But no quarterback does have his stats why is that? Why is it that Romo is 6th highest in completion percentage all time when he has lacked a running game and o-line. He has 6th highest td:int ratio all time with no oline or running back. Plus it’s not like Demarco has been tearing it up recently. Tony is 23rd in most attempts yet he’s amongst the leaders in touchdowns.

  • Phillip

    As a diehard Packers fan and somebody who would love to see Rodgers get MVP #2, i think JJ Watt deserves it. It’s not his fault the team isn’t gonna make the playoffs, if everybody played up to his level nobody would ever get a yard on the Texans D. Dude’s just simply the most dominant player in the NFL.

    • SeattleSteve

      MVPs win games.

      • Gèr Steffens

        JJ Watt wins games, it’s not his fault that the talent around him is at best that of a 6-10 team.

        As an illustration of this, the total defensive score of the Texans is 44.2, JJ Watt has a score of 101.0 (only the Broncos defense has a higher score as a team). So without him the team is -56.8, JJ Watt is 157.8 points better than the rest of his team combined.

        Put him on any of the current top 10 defenses and you have a number 1 defense up there with the best defenses in the last two decades.

      • Phillip

        Teams win games. You’d think with that name you’d understand that more than anybody. Not 1 player on Seattle ever wins their games. If there aren’t 21 other players doing their job, the best player in the NFL isn’t gonna win the game by himself, especially a DE. And anyway, Texans are a winning team, bet they Probably have quite a few less without Watt. If NFL had the WAR statistic, Watt would be higher than anybody. Watt is the most valuable player in the NFL this year. Both Rodgers n Brady have slowed the last couple weeks n opened the door for Watt who has been the most dominant player in the NFL to close whatever gap there was and potentially take the MVP. Players win awards, team wins games. Player helps win games, they don’t win the games by themselves.

  • Hugh Nolan

    Yep..watt deserves the MVP ..he has almost singlehandedly helped the Texans to a winning season …with really no other outstanding players …some very solid but not outstanding …