10 worst performances from Sunday's NFL Week 15 action
Every Tuesday, PFF will be releasing its Team of the Week, representing the highest-graded players at each NFL position for that week. But Senior Analyst Sam Monson gets a jump on that by picking out the 10 least-impressive individual performances from Sunday’s games.
Here are the 10 worst performances from Sunday’s Week 15 action:
1. Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Agholor continues to disappoint for the Eagles, and this week in the loss to Baltimore was one of the worst performances of an ugly season. Agholor was targeted four times in the game and dropped twice as many passes (two) as he caught, with that lone reception going for just nine yards. In what typifies his season, Agholor also stepped out of bounds on a rushing attempt to try and pick up a key first down as he prepared to lunge forward for the first down markers, coming up short on the play.
2. Earl Watford, G, Arizona Cardinals
Earl Watford surrendered a sack and three hurries across 44 pass-blocking snaps, but was also flagged for a false start penalty and given more than he could handle in the run game, surrendering a tackle for loss to the Saints’ Cameron Jordan on one play. He did at least have one nice block, flattening safety Roman Harper on a pull block early in the fourth quarter, but other than that it was a game to forget for Watford in the loss to New Orleans.
3. Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
The mini Wentz revival this season was short-lived, and this may have been the worst game of his season so far. Wentz completed just 52.4 percent of his passes, and while for the season, his passer rating when pressured drops into the 30s from one in the 90s when kept clean, in this game it plummeted to just 8.3 when the heat was applied, and he completed passes for just 24 yards on those plays. Games like this make the highs of his season seem a long way away.
4. Kenneth Farrow, RB, San Diego Chargers
Stepping in to replace the injured Melvin Gordon was always going to be a tough ask, and while Farrow did have a couple of nice flashes, he committed the cardinal sin for a running back, and put the ball on the ground – twice. As both a receiver and a ball-carrier in the running game, Farrow coughed up a fumble, and ended the game with just 53 yards from scrimmage on 17 touches. By contrast, Ronnie Hillman, a perennial cast-off at running back by this point, gained 34 rushing yards on just seven carries.
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) December 19, 2016
5. Everson Griffen, Edge, Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings defense certainly wasn’t helped out by the ineptitude of the team’s offense, but they didn’t really hold up their end of the bargain in the loss against the Colts, either. Griffen was effectively dominated by Colts left tackle Anthony Castonzo on that side of the line, notching just a pair of late hurries on 27 pass rushes. He also missed more tackles (two) than he made (one) in the game and was flagged for jumping into the neutral zone.
6. DeForest Buckner, DI, San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco’s top pick in this year’s draft, Buckner, had been playing pretty well over the past few weeks, but that came to a shuddering halt against the Falcons and a legitimate offensive line. Buckner was blanked as a pass-rusher, failing to generate any pressure at all on 25 pass rushes, but was also handled at the point of attack, where double teams have been a major struggle for him all season long.
7. Zachary Orr, LB, Baltimore Ravens
While his teammate Clint Mosley was having an excellent game, Orr was doing the opposite. Orr managed to miss as many tackles over 86 defensive snaps as he made (two), but it was his complete inability to avoid the attentions of Eagles center Jason Kelce in the run game that really hammered his grade. Kelce was able to consistently make it to the second level and take Orr out of the play, opening up significant running lanes.
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) December 19, 2016
8. Quinten Rollins, CB, Green Bay Packers
The Chicago Bears don’t exactly have the league’s most intimidating receiving corps at this stage in the season, so for Rollins to give up what he did in coverage is disappointing to say the least if you are invested in the Packers. Rollins was beaten for 114 yards on nine catches from 10 targets, allowing receptions to four different Bears receivers and surrendering a passer rating when targeted of 114.2 in the Packers’ close win.
9. Vonn Bell, S, New Orleans Saints
It’s tough to identify much that Bell did right in the game against the Cardinals, and that’s with forcing a fumble at one point late in the game. Bell earned severe downgrades in coverage, giving up a touchdown and 50 yards on the five plays where he was the primary coverage defender, but he also missed two tackles, was flagged twice for jumping offsides (as a safety!) and was blocked out of the play by wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald on a Cardinals rushing touchdown.
10. Tyrell Williams, WR, San Diego Chargers
Williams was targeted eight times by Philip Rivers this week and caught just four of them for 20 yards. As if that wasn’t bad enough, he dropped three, for significantly more yards than the four passes he managed to bring in during the loss to Oakland. San Diego has had some big games from Williams this season, but this represents one of the worst performances of his season, and the second time this season he has been held to 20 yards or lower.