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.
All-Star Team of the Week: Week 17
That’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
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.