All-Star Team of the Week: Week 8

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 8


2014-TOTW-WK08Most 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.)

OFFENSE

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

 

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  • Dan

    Poe is on KC. Seeing that scared the living hell out of me for a second as a Packer fan.

    • Ron Spring

      fixed thanks for the spot check

  • James Neufeld

    Not sure how Cullen Jenkins made honorable mention with the Giants on a bye.

    • KingSteve

      Bad week for defense?

  • TheBigC

    Goodness how did Lamarr Houston not make the list? Sure a guy like Watt has the numbers and talent, but you won’t see a move like the one Huston pulled for the rest of the year. Probably because he is out for the rest of the year because of said move. Thank god Conte is sort of healthy I can still watch him not make the list. Got to love Conte he is always learning something, “hey this Rodgers is pretty good” “hey this Gronk guy is pretty good.” He gets to learn about Rodgers again in two weeks, he always seems to need a reminder that he sucks.

    • John

      Houston played 56 snaps. Obviously he didn’t do a great job on most of them since his total grade was -2.9. One great play doesn’t make up for grading negatively on some of your other 55 snaps.

      • Tim Edell

        He was joking john

    • Bill Yendle

      Yeah best celebration move I’ve seen in a long time. Showboating after sacking Garropolo in a blow out. See you next year, jackass!

  • SamSerra

    +6.7 isn’t even enough to show how dominant Gronk was yesterday, he’s definitely is back at top form. Best TE in the league by far

    • Sam Doohan

      He’s certainly back to his old self that’s for sure. He’s an absolute monster in NE but I’m not totally convinced he’d be that great outside of their system. Obviously he makes a lot of plays, and he’s a crazy good athlete, but I can’t help feeling that Julius Thomas or Jimmy Graham would be more productive outside of their star QBs and systems that focus on them. Not that I can ever imagine any of those guys leaving their teams, but it’s really hard to say who’s the best player overall when all of these guys stats get stuffed full of TDs.

      • Morris

        Gronk is the most complete TE in the game without a question (conceding that this year his blocking has been average at best), Thomas and graham are more like big receivers and non factors in the ground game

      • bobrulz

        That’s absurd. Gronk would be a huge asset for any team.

    • corners

      but for how long? Hes probably more nuts and bolts than ligaments by now.

  • Dillon

    Even with Emmanuel Sanders fumble, the guy deserves to be right there at the top. Unbelievable performance…

  • Morris

    Everybody is talking about Brady vs Manning in the Denver @ New England game, but why nobody is talking about Revis vs Talib… Revis wants to prove that he is, in fact, the best corner against Manning and D.Thomas; meanwhile, Talib wants to show that it was a mistake to not extend his time in Foxborough

  • Shizzle Dawg

    Bashaud Breelan’d stats are misleading. He’s a rookie 4th round corner who shut down Dez Bryant, allowing 0 of 3 passes. 2 of them were TD denials and 1 ended the game on a 4th down in OT