All-Star Team of the Week: Week 17

In their final chance for Team of the Week honors this year, a full lineup of Week 17's best get the call.

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All-Star Team of the Week: Week 17

2014-TOTW-WK17That’s the 2014 regular season in the books, and it didn’t half fly by did it? Still, we’ve got the excitement of the playoffs to look forward to now, with all 12 remaining teams still alive in the hunt for the Lombardi Trophy. Still, before we start thinking about the playoffs, let’s dig into the Team of the Week one last time this year.

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


Quarterback: Geno Smith, NYJ (+4.3)

His best game since entering the league, Smith was phenomenal as a passer against the Dolphins, earning every bit of his 158.3 passer rating with some impressive throws.

Honorable Mention: Teddy Bridgewater, MIN

Running Back: Frank Gore, SF (+3.0)

If Gore’s time in San Francisco is coming to an end as has been speculated, at least he went out with a big performance, rushing for 144 yards and forcing four missed tackles on the ground.

Honorable Mention: Lamar Miller, MIA

Fullback: Kyle Juszczyk (+1.9)

An impressive performance to end the regular season for what has been a solid second season in the league for Harvard Graduate. Over the final five weeks of the season he has had a run blocking grade below +1.4 once, with yesterday’s game seeing him match his personal best grade in his young career so far.

Honorable Mention: Jay Prosch, HOU

Tight End: Coby Fleener, IND (+3.3)

He may have only caught five passes, but two of them went for touchdowns as he added some solid work as a run blocker to go along with it. That saw him just shade it over tight end Travis Kelce, who had an equally impressive day minus the touchdowns.

Honorable Mention: Travis Kelce, KC    

Wide Receivers: Odell Beckham Jr., NYG (+3.4) and Eric Decker, DEN (+4.7)

Another huge day — in what has been a ridiculous rookie season for Beckham — saw him finish the year off with 185 yards and a touchdown. Despite missing the first four games of the year, he finishes as our third-highest-graded receiver. Decker ended his season with a stunning 10 catch, 221 yard performance for the Jets.

Honorable Mentions: Andre Johnson, HOU and Michael Floyd, ARZ

Tackles: Tyron Smith, DAL (+6.3) and Derek Newton, HOU (+7.0)

Two big performances from Smith and Newton stopped us from having the Eagles’ bookend tackles in the lineup this week. Newton allowed just the single hurry, with some impressive work as a run blocker to go along with it, while Smith went one better, completely shutting out the Washington pass rush.

Honorable Mentions: Jason Peters, PHI and Lane Johnson, PHI

Guards: Ronald Leary, DAL (+3.5) and Brandon Brooks, HOU (+4.5)

Matching up with the tackles on their respective sides in Dallas and Houston, Leary and Brooks stood at the top of the class this week, impressive in particular as run blockers. Brooks did allow two hurries as a pass blocker but that was only a slight knock on a very solid day.

Honorable Mentions: Evan Mathis, PHI and Erik Pears, BUF

Center: Travis Frederick, DAL (+4.8)

Another big game all round for the Dallas offensive line, with Frederick run blocking his way to another spot in our Team of the Week.

Honorable Mention: Evan Dietrich-Smith, TB


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  • name

    Uhhh, PFF, Josh Scobee missed a 52-yard FG yesterday. He clanged it off the left upright.

  • name

    4 sacks doesn’t put you on the all star list? lol

    • Football

      Not unless you’re JJ Watt, apparently

    • bobsaget

      right lol, 4 sacks, a forced fumble, batted pass, saw where he set the edge on a run play and ran the rb out of bounce.

      • Chris

        Sacks = splash plays. Sacks /= consistently dominating your matchup. If you want players ranked by splash plays turn on Espn. This site goes beyond the statline to tell you how they actually played on all the other non-splash plays. I don’t see why this concept is so difficult to grasp.

        • Izach

          While Id normally agree 4sacks in one game means he was consistently there making splash plays, not sure they whole game but 4aacks in one game is normally more than 10% of any players snaps. If I made a play 10%of the time I’m going into the HOF

          • Chris

            I’m not in any way denying that a 4 sack game is a bad game. He just didn’t have as well rounded of a game as the two guys who beat him out on this list.

            1. Newsome: Only 2 sacks but logged 6 other hurries, good enough to rank #2 rushing the passer. He also picked up 4 other stops and was top 10 as a run defender.

            2. Worilds: Only 1 sack but added 4 other hurries as well, good enough to rank as the #4 pass rusher. Also added 3 stops and was the #2 run defender.

            Both of these guys dominated both sides of the ball. No, they didn’t have 4 sacks, but they still produced “non-splash plays” as rushers by winning their matchups and producing hurries. They also contributed as run defenders, something Houston did not do.

            3. Houston: Led all 3-4 OLBs in sacks, but only added 1 hurry to go with it. Still did enough to rank #1 overall as a pass rusher. Only had 1 stop and didn’t do much as a run defender, nearly ranking outside the top 40.

          • Izach

            While I haven’t rewatched the tape I’m sure I saw Houston make more than 1 stop, also a pass deflection and a FF should be more than worilds one unblocked sack,as a steelers fan and I hate to say it but worlids didn t have a better game than houston no matter how you look at. Worlids sack came off a OT who was tripped by his own TE credit to worilds for getting there, but it’s much the same for a DB who catches an INT when he was out of position. Worilds work in the run game wasn’t that spectacular either decent but not amazing.

          • Chris

            I agree with you as well, unblocked sacks and the such should not count as much. Which they don’t. But as I said above, Worilds logged other pressures besides just that sack, and he was the #2 run defender on the week. He had a very well rounded performance. Houston was the best pass rusher, but among the worst run defenders.

          • Izach

            like said watching both worilds work in the run game wasn’t worth “#2 run defender” that’s an issue with PFF grading, he didn’t make “mistakes” but didn’t “make” any real plays either. PFF grades are better at detailing mistakes made than plays made. Houston undoubtly had a better game either way. Making 4 “splash plays” on passing downs should be worth more than not making mistakes in the run game 4 times. I get the point PFF try’s to make about a complete game, but they fail to depict the importance of plays made or the difficulty of such feats. As well as over emphasizing a lack of mistakes for certain positions vs others, as well as using basically the same grading system for every position. It leads to misinterpretation of grades or roles with in a system or in this case misattributing a mistake free play vs a game changing play.
            Worlids game was the equlivant of a game manager performance from a QB where as houstons was the same as a QB having a elite game type performance. Yet PFF grading system is incapable of grading it in such a way.

          • Chris

            Houston’s game was not an “elite game type performance”. He was only elite in half of his performance, and near the bottom in the other half. Whereas Worilds was good as a rusher and great in run support.

          • Izach

            I disagree, worlids was average in both in every aspect of his game where as Houston was elite in one aspect, which makes up for his average run support, its like a QB who throws 4tds and 350yds but got sacks 3times and threw 1 interception. His good out weighs the bad. Worlids was like a QB who threw 1 TD for 180 yards no INTs and was had 4att for 15?yards rushing he was average but not great. Context does matter in both cases and but in both cases each team won. And in Worlids case his play is replaceable any OLB can get 4tackles when they run at you nonstop ans 1 unblocked sack due to an offensive miscue Hosutons case his play isn’t replaceable, very few OLBs can just get 4sacks an PD and a FF as well as a be decent in run support.

          • Chris

            I agree with your premise, but there are two flaws.

            1. You say Worilds was average in both aspects. PFF graded him top 4 both as a run defender and rushing the passer. That is not average, that is great in both aspects.

            2. You say Houston’s elite pass rushing makes up for his average run support. Problem – he ranked near the bottom 5 in run support. That is not average that is bad.

            Great + Great > Elite + Bad

          • Izach

            Again you are going strictly by PFF grades and analysis Im saying after watching both games there is no way worlids was great in both, he was at best decent in both, not making mistakes in run game and taking advantage of gimme plays in pass game. Unless outside of houstons stat lines he was blown up and let TDs on every other play that wasn’t a sack there is no way worilds did better than him. And I watched both Houston wasn’t letting TDs in coverage and run support every other play. By PFF grading worlids was great in both, I’m saying that in real life worilds was decent and at times good but in now way “Great”.

          • Dildo Baggins

            You are watching the ball, PFF is watching the tape.

          • Izach

            Lol funny name
            But I watch the game in full they grade each play as its own separate game. Which may seem like a good way to do it but the importance of each play is lost when they are all graded equally.

          • bobsaget

            unblocked sacks? lol what… houston gets doubled, chipped, protection slid in his direction every week.

    • Josh Knepshield

      He was below average against the run during the game.

      • none

        The category says edge rushers…

        Do you know what the run grade and pass grades were?

        • Josh Knepshield

          Yes, over 4 pass rushing below average run defending.

        • Chris

          To put that into perspective, Houston was the #1 pass rusher for 3-4 OLBs and among the worst run defenders on the week. That’s why he doesn’t make the list as a starter.

          • Football


      • none

        More importantly, Houston had a 4.8 total, while Jason Worilds had a 4.6…soooo math is out as a means to settle the argument.

        • Chris

          Houston has a +3.8.

        • Josh Knepshield

          Actually dippy, Houston’s total grade was not 4.8, it was exactly one point less. Nice try though.