All-Star Team of the Week: Week 9
The best individual performances Week 9 had to offer taken together to form this week's Team of the Week.
All-Star Team of the Week: Week 9
We’re now past the halfway stage of the 2014 season, with the push for the postseason now in full swing. We can already see which teams are likely to run away with their division and which teams are going to face a tough battle if they want to still be playing into January.
You already know all that, though, and you’re here instead to see who, in our opinion, the most impressive players have been from this week’s slate of games. So here it is, our Week 9 Team of the 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: Ryan Tannehill, MIA (+5.6)
The Dolphins have started the season well and their third year signal caller had his best game of the season on Sunday. Completing 70.6% of his passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns, there was little to fault about his play against the Chargers.
Honorable Mention: Drew Brees, NO
Running Back: Andre Ellington, ARZ (+3.3)
A close contest between Ellington and fellow NFC West running back Marshawn Lynch, ultimately it came down to the fact that Ellington was a better runner on the day. 135 yards from scrimmage, a touchdown and two forced missed tackles. A nice day all round from him.
Honorable Mention: Marshawn Lynch, SEA
Fullback: Will Ta’ufo’ou, JAX (+1.5)
Playing just 14 snaps, he made the most of them with his grade coming entirely from his work as a run blocker. We’ve seen flashes from him in the past, but that was his best performance of 2014 so far.
Honorable Mention: Ryan Hewitt, CIN
Tight End: Rob Gronkowski, NE (+6.0)
If you needed any confirmation after last week, there it is. He’s back. Fantastic as a receiver, where he forced three missed tackles, picked up 105 yards and scored a touchdown, and brilliant as a run blocker to go along with it.
Honorable Mention: Jimmy Graham, NO
Wide Receivers: DeAndre Hopkins, HOU (+4.1) and Jeremy Maclin, PHI (+2.4)
Two impressive performances from the same game here as Maclin and Hopkins stood out. Hopkins averaged 19.2 yards per reception on his way to a 115-yard receiving day while Maclin caught all six passes thrown his way for 158 yards and two scores.
Honorable Mentions: Percy Harvin, NYJ and Mike Evans, TB
Tackles: Jason Peters, PHI (+6.0) and Zach Strief, NO (+3.3)
Peters allowed a sack and a hit in pass protection, but his work as a run blocker was sublime. Strief on the other have was solid as a run blocker but it was his pass protection that really caught our attention, with him shutting out the Carolina pass rush from his side all game long.
Honorable Mentions: Andrew Whitworth, CIN and Ricky Wagner, BAL
Guards: Zane Beadles, JAX (+1.5) and J.R. Sweezy, SEA (+3.8)
Both of our starting guards allowed just a single hit in pass protection, but find themselves in our Team of the Week for their run blocking. By far the best performance we’ve seen from Sweezy this year, while Beadles now has six positively-graded games through the first nine weeks of the season.
Honorable Mentions: Oday Aboushi and Mike Pollak, CIN
Center: Jason Kelce, PHI (+2.9)
Taking over right where he left off, Kelce had another fine day as a run blocker in the middle of the Eagles offensive line. It’s a big boost for them to get one of the best center’s in the game back on the field for the second half of the season.
Honorable Mention: Nick Mangold, NYJ
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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.