PFF All-Star Team: 3rd Quarter
Ben Stockwell assembles a lineup featuring the best of the NFL at each position in the month since our Mid-season All-Stars.
PFF All-Star Team: 3rd Quarter
Four weeks have passed since we announced our mid-season All-Pro team, Thanksgiving has been and gone and that means it’s time for us to put out our All-Star team for the third quarter of the season.
Using the same format as our All-Star Team of the Week and All-Pro teams here’s our tip of the cap to the players who have put themselves and their team in position for a special end of the season over Weeks 10 to 13.
Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers, GB (+17.1)
A spectacular string of games for Rodgers as his weakest performance of the month was in Minnesota with just a pair of touchdown passes and no interceptions. He had a nearly perfect 149.3 passer rating off of play action, going 20 of 24 for 248 yards and three touchdowns for November.
Honorable Mention: Drew Brees, NO
Running Back: C.J. Anderson, DEN (+15.3)
Anderson took full advantage of injuries ahead of him on the Broncos’ depth chart in a month that saw him carry the load for the Denver offense. No back played more than his 250 snaps in November. The touchdowns and passing game may have stayed with Manning but Anderson was the engine driving the Broncos’ offense this month.
Honorable Mention: Marshawn Lynch, SEA
Fullback: Ryan Hewitt, CIN (+4.7)
About 40% of Hewitt’s snaps have come in the last three weeks and his quality showings as a lead blocker against New Orleans (+2.3) and Tampa Bay (+2.9) propels him ahead of the ever-present Anthony Sherman this month.
Honorable Mention: Anthony Sherman, KC
Tight End: Brent Celek, PHI (+7.4)
His biggest receiving game of the season came at home to the Panthers and kickstarted his month. Even though he only had seven catches for 66 yards in the following three games, his work as a blocker didn’t diminish for the surging Eagles offense.
Honorable Mention: Rob Gronkowski, NE
Wide Receivers: Odell Beckham Jr., NYG (+7.1) and Dez Bryant, DAL (+7.8)
His rookie season will be remembered for that catch of lore. Even without that snag this was a terrific month for Beckham who is proving to be the shining light in a largely disappointing season for the Giants. He is joined by Bryant who ensured that Beckham’s efforts in Week 12 were part of a losing effort and lit up Wembley stadium for a pair of touchdowns against the Jaguars in Week 10 as well.
Honorable Mention: DeAndre Hopkins, HST and Emmanuel Sanders, DEN
Tackles: Joe Staley, SF (+10.8) and Lane Johnson, PHI (+7.1)
After an inconsistent start to the season Staley rediscovered his best form in the last month surrendering only four pressures (1 Ht, 3 Hu) and producing a series of punishing displays as a run blocker. Opposite him, Lane Johnson has provided the sure pass protection that the Eagles struggled for at right tackle during his suspension early in the season.
Honorable Mention: Jason Peters, PHI and Sebastian Vollmer, NE
Guards: Evan Mathis, PHI (+12.1) and Marshal Yanda, BLT (+11.1)
After missing almost all of the first 10 weeks of the season, Mathis has slipped seamlessly back into the Eagles’ lineup and his best form. Mathis is still dominant as a run blocker and expect him to keep rising through the rankings in the final four weeks of the season. However, that top ranking will be out of reach with Marshal Yanda showing no signs of slowing up as his three games this month extended his record to 17 straight games with a positive grade.
Honorable Mention: Joel Bitonio, CLV and John Greco, CLV
Center: Nick Mangold, NYJ (+7.8)
Completing a powerful interior trio, Mangold graded positively in every game this month as a run blocker including a destructive display as the anchor for the Jets’ 277-yard rushing effort on Monday night. Adding to that power is the fact that Mangold also didn’t surrender a pressure in his three starts, with only five (1 Sk, 1 Ht, 3 Hu) having been surrendered all season.
Honorable Mention: Jeremy Zuttah, BLT
Ben Stockwell | Director of Analysis
Ben joined Pro Football Focus in 2007, and has since been in charge of the company’s analysis process. He also contributes to PFF’s weekly NFL podcast.