Best players at every position from Week 13

Cam Newton and Allen Robinson highlight our list of the best positional performances in Week 13.

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(AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

(AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Best players at every position from Week 13

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 in the PFF Team of the Week?

Let’s find out.

Quarterback: Cam Newton, Panthers (+8.0)

How good is Newton right now? His five-touchdown day was full of big-time throws, as he worked the Saints’ secondary over relentlessly. He’s a big reason why Carolina is 12-0.

Running back: Jeremy Hill, Bengals (+3.1)

Cincinnati wanted to see more out of Hill, and they got it. He may have fallen just short of 100 yards, but his 22 carries really put the Browns on the back foot.

Fullback: John Kuhn, Packers (+1.0)

Kuhn impressed on his 21 snaps in a week where few fullbacks did much work.

Tight end: Delanie Walker, Titans (+5.1)

Another big day for Walker, continuing his strong year. It wasn’t just the 92-yard, one-touchdown day, but also some impressive blocking from the former 49er.

Wide receivers: Allen Robinson, Jaguars (+4.6) and Odell Beckham Jr, Giants (+2.5)

There’s no slowing Beckham Jr. down right now, with the Giant getting plenty of work against the Jets. Still, as good as he was, his effort paled in comparison to Robinson, one of a few promising young players on the Jacksonville roster.

Tackles: Joe Thomas, Browns (+4.0) and Lane Johnson, Eagles (+4.1)

Our two tackles were identical in the fact that neither man allowed any pressure, though Johnson was flagged for a penalty. Still, his work in the run game more than made up for that blot on his record book.

Guards: Kelechi Osemele, Ravens (+5.2) and Patrick Omameh, Bears (+4.8)

A first appearance on this list for Omameh, who is really starting to look like he belongs in the NFL these past three weeks. Osemele is no stranger to our Team of the Week roster, but it’s worth noting that he’s back to his best after a sluggish start to the year.

Center: Patrick Lewis, Seahawks (+3.1)

Lewis had already proved to be an upgrade over Drew Nowak, but if he can continue to play like this, he’ll be more than that just an upgrade.


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: Aaron Donald, Rams (+9.5) and Malik Jackson, Broncos (+8.4)

Donald was at his unblockable best, as he picked up a sack and four more quarterbacks hits. The Broncos’ Jackson didn’t get as many hits on the quarterback, but did end up with an impressive nine quarterback disruptions.

Defensive interior – Nose: Dan Williams, Raiders (+4.3)

He might just be a situational player, but Williams has been a fantastic pickup for the Raiders, making an impact whenever he is on the field. This week was no different.

Edge rushers: Michael Bennett, Seahawks (+7.8) and Olivier Vernon, Dolphins (+7.0)

It took some effort to keep Von Miller out, but Vernon (who had 11 disruptions) and Bennett (who had six, in addition to stellar work in the run game) both put in some effort.

Linebackers: Jamie Collins, Patriots (+5.5) and Lavonte David, Buccaneers (+4.1)

No Luke Kuechly this week, but there is a Jamie Collins, who returned to the Patriots’ lineup with a bang that saw him dominate in the run game. David had himself a big day to, with a game-sealing interception and stops galore in the run game.

Cornerbacks: Ross Cockrell, Steelers (+3.0) and Kyle Fuller, Bears (+2.8)

2014 fourth-rounder Cockrell isn’t a guy who gets a lot of press, but he’s carved out a role for himself in Pittsburgh. Five times the Colts targeted him, and he broke up as many balls as he allowed to be completed. Completing the sophomore pairing is Fuller, who made it six positively graded games in a row.

Safeties: Eric Weddle, Chargers (+4.4) and Malcolm Jenkins, Eagles (+3.4)

Nice work by Weddle, who hasn’t had his best year, but could use his wonderful efforts against Denver to drive up his free agency price tag. Jenkins is one guy who has really delivered for the Eagles’ defense, consistently making plays. His effort against New England, highlighted by his pick-six, just reinforced that.

Kicker: Shayne Graham, Falcons

What will become of Graham when Matt Bryant is healthy? He’s ensured, at the very least, that he’s the next man up on the kicker list.

Punter: Marquette King, Raiders

Season-best grade for King, who got plenty of distance and hang-time with his punts this week.

Returner: Dwayne Harris, Giants

A touchdown always helps your case, but Harris did more than that with his returns.

  • anon76returns

    If Miller had the best grade (+7.9) among edge rushers and didn’t make the list, what exactly are we looking at in the “best players at every position” list each week? Certainly not best graded players, which seems to imply something about what PFF thinks about their own grading system.

    • febo

      Agreed, I’ve never understood what exactly goes into this list.

    • Chris

      Maybe going against a rookie UDFA OT for much of yesterday swayed their opinion.

      • anon76returns

        Maybe. In that case a PFF grade wouldn’t represent how well a player played, which is the claim of the site.

        • Chris

          PFF’s +/- score represent an aggregate score of every play of a game… it’s a pretty simple, did he do his job or not, kind of score. It doesn’t factor any outside forces like level of competition or anything like that. Keep in mind this article is the best players at every position from Week 13, not the 13 highest scores at every position from week 13. I’m sure this article left him out, not because he isn’t one of the best, but because a significant portion of his high score came from beating up on a backup RT playing LT (Hairston) and a 3rd string OT playing quite a bit at RT. I watched the game, he had a great game but half the time he was going against about as low of competition as it gets.

          • anon76returns

            Vernon went against a backup (Hurst) vs. Baltimore. Bennett went against a rookie (Clemmings, who I really liked in the draft, but he’s still awful raw). And while Miller had a few more snaps than Bennett to earn his grade, he only had about 2/3 of the # of snaps that Vernon had in the game. Not to mention, Bridgewater and Schaub are far easier QBs to get pressure on, and both hold the ball much longer than Rivers. You can make the argument that level of competition matters, but I don’t see that as working against Miller in this case.

      • humper-dinkle dinkle-humper

        So? This evens out for all players at the position over the course of a year. As anon76returns points out, if this is a big deal then it needs to be controlled for.

        • Chris

          Yeah but this isn’t best players at every position through week 13, it’s best players at every position for week 13. It’s an isolated analysis for this week only, so you’d have to account for level of competition and other outside factors.

          I didn’t write the article, I’m just a Chargers fan who witnessed him beating up on our backups, so I could see the logic in him being left out. Not a knock on him though, great player obviously.

    • osoviejo

      Yeah, it’s the standard PFF obfuscated grading and ranking system. Not sure why they are so terrified of transparency.

    • crosseyedlemon

      I don’t think this list is suppose to represent raw grade performances. A player who has a performance that is far better than what he has previously showed can be recognized here while a player who normally has top grades but has a lack luster game relative to his usual high standards can be overlooked.

      • anon76returns

        Maybe, but this was Miller’s best grade of the season by some distance, and one of the better grades by any edge rusher on the season.

  • flyerhawk

    Tyler Lockettt had a higher score than ODB

    • Adam LeClair

      So did they:

      Brandon Marshall
      Sammy Watkins
      Antonio Brown


      • humper-dinkle dinkle-humper

        They have man crushes like every other sports site . . . and they are dealing with readers that will stomp their feet and scream like little kids if you don’t call their own man crushes ‘the best’.

        • Woof!


        • crosseyedlemon

          I’m just wondering how many NFL players are going to sleep well now, knowing that humper has a “man crush” on some of them.

          • humper-dinkle dinkle-humper

            oh yeah!

          • Sincerly rude Brad

            Your gay get off the site

          • humper-dinkle dinkle-humper

            that is an . . . inspired response. you are a genius. say something else

          • Sincerly rude Brad

            Yes I am a genius now get off the site boy.

          • humper-dinkle dinkle-humper

            ooooo….’get off the site boy’ what else you got?

  • jimp


    • Adam LeClair

      Sproles is NOT better than Ed Harris.

  • Tim Edell

    Cockrell has proved to have been a nice pickup after the Bills cut him loose.

  • Sam Doohan

    It’s crazy that neither Big Ben or Russel Wilson’s performances weren’t enough to beat out Newton. Guy is seriously on a tear this season. It feels like they just have to stay healthy to be a sure thing for the superbowl.

    • Darnell

      “Sure thing” might be a bit of an exaggeration. They’ll likely host Green Bay or Seattle in the divisional round. Given the championship pedigree of those two teams I wouldn’t consider either winning at Carolina to be much more than a slight upset.

      • TBarnes

        And Seattle has won 5-6 games from the Panthers, several on the road. Panthers look like they got a get-out-of-jail free card in winning in Seattle earlier this season. The Hawks were still figuring out things at that point, but are on a roll now and likely will smash through the end of this season looking toward the finale with AZ, where it will be time for paybacks!

        Don’t see an EASY route to the SB for the Panthers regardless. Just an easy path to their division title.

  • a57se

    How da fook is Brandon Marshall not on this list?
    He didn’t have a ball stripped from his hands in the end zone.

  • cyberry

    Dan Williams had 3 tackles (none for a loss) and half a sack. All in the 2nd half, 3 of these happened on the same drive..not that it really mattered. The Chiefs still scored a TD.. He is a NT and KC scored right up the middle “twice” easily in the 1st half. If this nose guard is so good how did the Chiefs center grade (+2.3) on his first start at that position..

  • Rickn3car

    Olsen changes games bro

  • Jack Casey

    It seems all I read in the comments section on this site is negative posts criticizing PFF.. If people dislike them so much, why do they continue to come to the site?