All-Star Team of the Week: Week 11
Another week is almost over and we’ve got a division where everyone is over .500 and a division where everyone is under .500, such is the parity in the NFL. More importantly, we’ve had another week with some big-time performances throughout the league.
So who made the Team of the Week this week? Let’s find out.
(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: Andy Dalton, CIN (+6.8)
While it’s never good for the Bengals when “Bad Andy” makes an appearance, this was him at his best. Terrific throughout, it was the complete opposite of the debacle we saw on Thursday Night Football last week.
Honorable Mention: Aaron Rodgers, GB
Running Back: Jonas Gray, NE (+5.3)
With 38 carries, Gray had a heavy workload and he made the most of it, churning out 199 yards and four touchdowns with six missed tackles forced on the ground in the process. One of the strongest showings you’ll see from the running back all year.
Honorable Mention: Le’Veon Bell, PIT
Fullback: Ryan Hewitt, CIN (+1.8)
Another strong performer in the Bengals’ win in New Orleans against the Saints
Honorable Mention: Will Johnson, PIT
Tight End: Heath Miller, PIT (+4.5)
A solid night as a receiver for Miller, with five catches for 71 yards. He really stood out as a run blocker on Bell’s big night though, something which pushed him above the other tight ends on the week.
Honorable Mention: Coby Fleener, IND
Wide Receivers: Mike Evans, TB (+3.4) and Alshon Jeffery, CHI (+3.7)
Evans is fast becoming something to behold, and went to another level this week as he racked up 209 yards through the air. Jeffery might not have quite his those heights but he did manage 11 receptions for 135 yards, and a touchdown.
Honorable Mentions: Kelvin Benjamin, CAR and A.J Green, CIN
Tackles: Kelvin Beachum, PIT (+5.0) and Sebastian Vollmer, NE (+5.7)
A fantastically well rounded performance from Beachum on Monday night, shutting out the Titans pass rush at left tackle and making some big blocks in the running game. Vollmer allowed a hit, but it was his work as a run blocker that caught our eye, with the Patriots’ right tackle dominating as a blocker for Jonas Gray’s big day.
Honorable Mentions: Jason Peters, PHI and Ryan Harris, KC
Guards: Ben Jones, HOU (+5.0) and Brandon Brooks, HOU (+3.1)
A Houston double act man both our guard spots, with both men managing to avoiding allowing any pressure. If that wasn’t enough, they also put in stellar showings as run blockers in the Texans win in Cleveland.
Honorable Mentions: Logan Mankins, TB and Joe Berger, MIN
Center: Chris Myers, HOU (+4.0)
Another player who had a big game as a run blocker, Myers finds himself here for the second time this season. The best run blocker we saw at center this week, he was also perfect in pass protection.
Honorable Mention: Rodney Hudson, KC
Each week we put forward a hybrid defense that features two edge rushers (4-3 defensive ends or 3-4 outside linebackers), three players on the “interior” of the defensive line (3-4 defensive ends or defensive tackles) and two linebackers (all inside linebackers and 4-3 outside linebackers).
Defensive Interior – Ends: Ray McDonald, SF (+8.1) and Sharrif Floyd, MIN (+5.6)
A huge performance from McDonald, who registered a sack, a hit and two hurries, while having a big game against the run, just what the 49ers’ defense needed. Floyd may not have offered anything as a pass rusher, but he was tremendous against the run, and finished the game with three tackles resulting in defensive stops.
Honorable Mentions: Antonio Smith, OAK and J.J. Watt, HOU
Defensive Interior – Nose: Dan Williams, ARZ (+4.8)
In the center of the defensive line in the fantastic Arizona defense, Williams made the most of his 19 snaps this week. Three pressures and some nice work against the run, he’s in a great run of form.
Honorable Mention: Paul Soliai, ATL
Edge Rushers: Carlos Dunlap, CIN (+6.1) and Mario Williams, BUF (+5.6)
Big days for both our edge rushers, with each registering plenty of pressure. Dunlap might not have sacked Drew Brees, but he came away with four hits and three hurries. Williams, on the other hand, had a big night on Thursday Night Football, with four sacks, a hit and five hurries.
Honorable Mentions: Everson Griffen, MIN and Robert Quinn, STL
Linebackers: Chris Borland, SF (+6.1) and Jamie Collins, NE (+6.0)
Not content with his impressive performance a week ago, Borland felt the need to go out and improve on it again this week. A tackling machine, he graded positively both against the run and in coverage. Collins wasn’t too far off the pace either, finishing the game against the Colts with six defensive stops and some nice work in coverage.
Honorable Mentions: Luke Kuechly, CAR and Dont’a Hightower, NE
Cornerbacks: Johnathan Joseph, HOU (+4.0) and Darrelle Revis, NE (+3.3)
Joseph was targeted seven times in coverage, but gave up no receptions and came away with two pass break-ups. Culliver allowed three receptions, but they went for just 35 yards as he snagged himself an interception to cap it off.
Honorable Mentions: Desmond Trufant, ATL and Xavier Rhodes, MIN
Safeties: Reshad Jones, MIA (+4.2) and T.J. McDonald, STL (+5.5)
Jones had a big game on Thursday night with a pass breakup in coverage and three hurries on limited work as a pass rusher. McDonald finds himself here for the second week in a row after another big game. Targeted eight times in coverage, he allowed just four receptions for 10 yards with a pass defensed.
Honorable Mentions: Eric Weddle, SD and Louis Delmas, MIA
Kicker: Greg Zuerlein, STL: 5-for-5 on field goal attempts including two from 50+ yards to fault that.
Punter: Pat McAfee, IND: McAfee’s three punts yielded just 6 return yards, with all three landing inside the 20-yard line.
Returner: Micah Hyde, GB: The only player to score on a punt or kick return this week, Hyde took a punt 75 yards to the house against the Eagles yesterday.
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