Best players at every position for Week 10

Adrian Peterson and Cam Newton lead our list of the best players at every position for Week 10.

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(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Best players at every position for Week 10

There were some big box score performances on Sunday, as the yards flowed for quarterbacks and the sacks flowed for pass rushers. But going beyond that, who would the tape determine worthy of a place on the PFF Team of the Week roster for Week 10?

Let’s find out.

(Editor’s note: Changes may be made following our review process and once the Monday Night Football game has been analyzed and graded. To view the worst individual performances in Week 10, see Bryson Vesnaver’s Worst Team of the Week.)

Quarterback: Cam Newton, Panthers (+6.0)

The Carolina QB is at the top of his game right now, and was nearly flawless against the Titans. He ended the day with just three aimed passes off target.

Running back: Adrian Peterson, Vikings (+3.4)

Sunday brought a “wow” performance from Peterson, who has more yards after contact this week than any back had rushing. Stunning effort.

Fullback: Kyle Juszczyk, Ravens (+1.3)

It wasn’t a week for the lead blockers, but the Ravens’ fullback did do some damage catching the ball out of the backfield.

Tight end: Zach Ertz, Eagles (+5.0)

It wasn’t just the receiving of Ertz that caught our eye, as he earned the best blocking mark of his career.

Wide receivers: Michael Floyd, Cardinals (+1.9) and Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals (+2.7)

While Floyd was the deep threat who made two fantastic grabs to offset one criminal drop, Fitzgerald was the go-to chain-mover, causing the Seahawks’ inside defenders all sorts of problems.

Tackles: Eugene Monroe, Ravens (+4.0) and Austin Howard, Raiders (+4.9)

Monroe had a nice game against his old team, really shining in the run game with some powerful blocking. Howard was as good in that regard, and even better in pass protection.

Guards: Logan Mankins, Buccaneers (+4.5) and Marshal Yanda, Ravens (+4.0)

Mankins rolled back the years with one of his better efforts in a Buccaneers jersey. As for Yanda, he just continued doing what he’s been doing all year.

Center: Joe Berger, Vikings (+5.3)

When you lose your starting center, bad things normally follow. But the play of Berger has been exceptional for the Vikings, with his showing against Oakland the best yet.


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: Mike Daniels, Packers (+5.5) and Aaron Donald, Rams (+11.7)

While the Rams lost, you can’t fault the brilliance of Donald, who continues his superb sophomore year. Partnering him, Daniels was one Packer who really stood out in a disappointing defeat to Detroit.

Defensive interior – nose: Linval Joseph, Vikings (+4.1)

This is two weeks in a row for Joseph on this roster, who is having himself some year.

Edge rushers: Olivier Vernon, Dolphins (+6.8) and Justin Houston, Chiefs (+8.9)

It was a monster day for Vernon, who landed a massive six hits on the quarterback. Over in Denver, the Chiefs’ Houston was having himself a day as well, with 10 quarterback disruptions highlighting his impact.

Linebackers: Luke Kuechly, Panthers (+4.5) and Jasper Brinkley, Giants (+4.1)

This is the kind of season we might be talking about for some time if Kuechly can maintain his ridiculous level of play. How about Brinkley, though? That’s two excellent efforts in a row from the Giant, who is relishing his role in New York.

Cornerbacks: Terence Newman, Vikings (+7.3) and Sean Smith, Chiefs (+4.9)

It tells you how well these two played that Odell Beckman Jr.’s shadow (also known as Malcolm Butler) didn’t make the team. Newman allowed just three completions into his coverage, while intercepting two balls and breaking up two other passes. Meanwhile, Smith allowed just two completions and matched Newman’s number, but for one fewer pick.

Safeties: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Packers (+4.9) and Malcolm Jenkins, Eagles (+3.7)

An all-action display from Clinton-Dix, who added five stops to his pick in a career game. Jenkins, who is having a tremendous year, continued his fine form against the Dolphins.

Kicker: Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots

Gostkowksi just doesn’t miss, no matter the situation.

Punter: Brett Kern, Titans

Kern really made the most out of his five punts.

Returner: Ted Ginn Jr., Panthers

Ginn is a real difference-maker when returning punts.


  • crosseyedlemon

    Larry Fitzgerald continues to solidify his pro bowl credentials. Gotta love this guy!

    • VoiceOfReason

      No, no we don’t have to love this guy…. You can love him all you want, but as for yours truly, the great VoiceOfReason, there will not be a single f**k given about the Cardinals this day, or ever. No sir, not a single f**k will be given about the Chicago/St. Louis/Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, or Larry Fitzgerald.

  • Ron Morisseau


    • VoiceOfReason

      Who did the boy named Suh stomp on now ?

  • Josh Stewart

    Personally, I think every offensive player on the Rams, except Gurley, Austin, Quick, and Rob should be rated as the worse offensive player every week.

  • Mike

    How does this work? I see you rated CJ at 2.3 but had Floyd 1.9 listed as better this week?

  • JudoPrince

    So after 3 years of dominating the division, a Super Bowl win, consecutive NFC titles, you can finally talk about the Legion of Boom, eh? lol

    • VoiceOfReason

      Legion of poop

  • s1rweeze

    Linval Joseph, most underrated player in football

    • crosseyedlemon

      Maybe reversing the order of his names could help with that.

      • Ryan Brown

        Just because your eyes are crossed

      • VoiceOfReason

        & reversing the order of your name still makes it dumb as f**k

        • johnforamerica

          Damn, such vitriol. I actually chuckled at his joke…

  • Stunt Man Mike

    Jasper Brinkley has been an incredible pick up for the GMen….Amazing the coaching staff didn’t see this in the beginning of the year

  • VoiceOfReason

    Cordarell Patterson should have been the kick returner of the week.
    His 93 yrd return for a TD bent the Raiders over and treated them like the little b***he’s they are.

    • JT

      It definitely took a big momentum swing.