All-Star Team of the Week: Week 4
This week's best from every position assembled into a full lineup of outstanding performers.
All-Star Team of the Week: Week 4
Sunday 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.)
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
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.