All-Star Team of the Week: Week 8
This week's best from every position assembled into a full lineup of outstanding performers.
All-Star Team of the Week: Week 8
Most of the teams in the league are now halfway through their season so we’re starting to see who the most likely contenders are, not just for the playoffs but also for individual end of season awards.
You’ll have noticed some of the same names popping up week to week in our Team of the Week, so who made the cut in Week 8?
(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: Ben Roethlisberger (+10.7)
A week with two sensational performances at quarterback but it was Pittsburgh’s Big Ben who came out on top. He flirted with records and had almost as many touchdowns (6) as incompletions (9). Simply put, one of the greatest showings we’ve seen from a signal-caller since we began grading games.
Honorable Mention: Tom Brady, NE
Running Back: Mark Ingram, NO (+3.5)
Created 10 missed tackles with just 24 carries, 118 yards after contact and 172 total yards on the ground. Proving he can be a big asset to the Saints offense, Ingram returned with a bang on Sunday night.
Honorable Mention: Eddie Lacy, GB
Fullback: Anthony Sherman, KC (+2.9)
Another standout performance from Sherman saw him standout as a lead blocker while adding a 24 yard reception. At his best he’s the premier blocking fullback in the league, and he’s shown that the past two weeks.
Honorable Mention: James Develin, NE
Tight End: Rob Gronkowski, NE (+6.4)
An absolutely monstrous performance from the best tight end in the league. Caught all nine passes thrown his way for 149 yards and three touchdowns, forced a missed tackle and had the second highest run blocking grade amongst all tight ends in Week 8.
Honorable Mention: Jason Witten, DAL
Wide Receivers: Brandon LaFell, NE (+3.7) and Mohamed Sanu, CIN (+2.7)
Another of Brady’s targets from Week 8 makes our team of the week along with Gronkowski. LaFell caught 11 passes for 124 yards and a touchdown against the Bears. Sanu continued his strong season with some highlight-reel catches against the Ravens, picking up 125 yards on five receptions.
Honorable Mentions: Antonio Brown, PIT and Andrew Hawkins, CLE
Tackles: Joe Thomas, CLE (+3.9) and Lane Johnson, PHI (+4.3)
Making his third start of the season on Sunday, Johnson continued his impressive start to 2014 with a perfect day in pass protection. On the left Thomas allowed one hurry, but has the highest run blocking grade of any offensive tackle in Week 8 so far.
Honorable Mentions: Tyron Smith, DAL and Paul Cornick, DEN
Guards: Kelechi Osemele, BAL (+3.0) and Brandon Linder, JAX (+4.8)
Similar reasons for both Osemele and Linder making the Team of the Week with neither struggling as pass protectors while excelling as run blockers. Linder has made a strong impact in recent weeks while the Ravens were glad to get Osemele back in the lineup.
Honorable Mentions: Matt Slauson, CHI and Louis Vasquez, DEN
Center: Chris Myers, HOU (+6.8)
A stunning performance as a run blocker, Myers rolled back the years after an up-and-down start to 2014 with a showing that reminded us of him at his best. He did allow a pressure, but his run blocking was so good that it kept him well above the rest this week.
Honorable Mention: Nick Mangold, NYJ
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.