All-Star Team of the Week: Week 4

This week's best from every position assembled into a full lineup of outstanding performers.

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All-Star Team of the Week: Week 4


2014-TOTW-WK04Sunday of Week 4 of the 2014 NFL season saw comebacks, big performances and upsets that set us up for exciting second quarter of the season. Some of the standout performers from this week have already made their presence known in the Team of the Week in Weeks 1 to 3, while others are making their first appearance.

So with that in mind, let’s see who made the grade this 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: Aaron Rodgers, GB (+5.8)

When he’s this good, the Packers are very tough to beat, something the Bears will know all about by now. Completing 22 of 28 passes for 302 yards and four touchdowns, he edged out a fine performance from Ryan Tannehill in London.

Honorable Mention: Ryan Tannehill, MIA

Running Back: DeMarco Murray, DAL (+2.4)

149 yards on the ground with two scores and seven missed tackles forced? Yes, that will do nicely, powering the Cowboys to the win and earning his spot here.

Honorable Mention: Khiry Robinson, NO

Fullback: Kyle Juszczyk, BAL (+1.9)

The only fullback with a grade in the green so far this week, Juszczyk has shown himself to be a much more capable blocker than many expected.

Honorable Mention: Darrel Young, WAS

Tight End: Martellus Bennett, CHI (+6.4)

134 yards through the air, three missed tackles forced, and a fine day as a run blocker. Simply put, one of the best performances you’ll see by a tight end all year.

Honorable Mention: Jason Witten, DAL

Wide Receivers: Reggie Wayne, IND (+3.4) and Steve Smith, BAL (+2.9)

The veterans proved they still have it in Week 4, with Wayne reeling in seven receptions, including a touchdown, in his best game of the year so far. Smith has become the type of target the Ravens missed last year after trading away Anquan Boldin, and he made his old team pay on Sunday.

Honorable Mentions: Keenan Allen, SD and Jordy Nelson, GB

Tackles: William Beatty, NYG (+3.3) and Demar Dotson, TB (+3.3)

Both our starting tackles this week have improved significantly after subpar showings to open the season, with both now amongst our 10 highest graded offensive tackles through Week 4. Both were perfect in pass protection this week.

Honorable Mentions: Branden Albert, MIA and Justin Pugh, NYG

Guards: Mike Iupati, SF (+4.9) and Chris Chester, WAS (+2.8)

The best game we’ve seen from Iupati in some time. Absolutely dominant as a run blocker and solid is pass protection too. The right side in general amongst guards didn’t impress much this week, but Chester performed well in the loss on Thursday night. He too didn’t allow any pressure and looked solid in the running game.

Honorable Mentions: Mike Iupati, SF and Zach Martin, DAL

Center: Nick Mangold, NYJ (+3.9)

He’s started the season strong, but Sunday was Mangold’s best showing yet, looking very good as a run blocker and, like most of our Team of the Week offensive line, shutting out any pressure from opposing defenders.

Honorable Mention: Dominic Raiola, DET

 

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  • Josh Knepshield

    How has Geno Atkins played this year so far?

    • chickenhed

      For him, not that great. For most DTs, pretty solid. Maybe some lingering issues with the injury from last year, but he is definitely not looking as strong so far this year.

      • Chris

        Definitely still some lingering effects from that knee injury less than a year ago. Tough to come back that quickly and be at full strength. He’ll get better as the season goes.

      • Josh Knepshield

        Thank you.

  • Jordan MacGeever

    Jelani Jenkins has been a great find. He’s playing great and I’m pleasantly surprised looks like he’s our starting WLB for the foreseable future

  • Yahweh Jesus

    Discount Double Checkdown should be the back up to the Bolo-Tie!

  • JJ

    What ever happened to the weekly Had a Bad Day team? did some lawyers scare you off? hope you guys haven’t lost your nerve.

  • Jefferson

    Thanks for updating after the Chiefs dominating Monday night win. You’d think 108 total yds and 3 TDs would get Charles a mention or maybe Travis Kelce with 93 and a score or even Husain Abdullah with 8 tackles and pick 6 but it’s cool I’m used to the Chiefs being disrespected on this site

    • Curtiss

      Abdullah is on there. Both Bennett and Witten had significantly higher grades than Kelce. Murray had the same grade, and Robinson slightly higher.