The 10 best players from Sunday’s Week 5 NFL action

Tom Brady, Randall Cobb and Von Miller make our list of Sunday's most impressive individual performances.

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The 10 best players from Sunday’s Week 5 NFL 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 most impressive individual performances from Sunday’s games.

Here are the 10 best players from Sunday’s Week 5 action:

[Check out the 10 worst performances from Sunday of Week 5 right here, or access our Player Grades tool to see how every NFL player measures up through three weeks of the season.]


1. Nickell Robey-Coleman, CB, Buffalo Bills

While Buffalo’s top two cornerbacks (Stephon Gilmore and Ronald Darby) continued their relative struggles in Sunday’s win over the Rams, Robey-Coleman was near-perfect. He played 25 snaps as the team’s slot corner and was thrown at three times in the game, allowing no catches and picking off two passes. Rams QB Case Keenum had a passer rating of 0.0 when targeting him in the game.

2. Mason Foster, LB, Washington Redskins

Foster was an important player in the Washington defense, leading the team with four defensive stops for the day and consistently making tackles for short gains in the passing game. He may have allowed a catch on seven of the eight passes thrown into his coverage, but those passes went for a total of just 29 yards, as he closed quickly to limit gains and keep the Ravens behind the chains, and put the defense into more favorable positions.

3. Von Miller, OLB, Denver Broncos

Hey guys, Von Miller is pretty good at football. He had another sack and three hurries this week in Denver’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons, not to mention a batted pass and three defensive stops, but the most interesting thing is that he was largely working against the Falcons’ Ryan Schraeder, one of the league’s best right tackles, and he definitely got the upper hand in that battle. Miller has been on a tear since getting paid a long-term deal this offseason, and is playing as well as he ever has.

4. Karl Klug, DE, Tennessee Titans

Klug has always been a productive sub-package player for the Titans on the defensive line, regardless of what scheme they have run. Against Miami he was a force against a makeshift Miami offensive line. He was only on the field for 24 snaps, but recorded two hits and four hurries as well as a defensive stop, and consistently made a mess of blocking assignments with his quickness and leverage.

5. Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers

If you’ve been wondering what happened to the old Randall Cobb that was once one of the league’s most versatile and destructive offensive weapons, we got to see a little look at him this week in Green Bay’s “Sunday Night Football” win over the Giants. Cobb was thrown at 11 times, catching nine of those targets for 108 yards, gaining 74 of them after the catch and forcing three missed tackles along the way. It’s no coincidence that the Packers offense looked far more lively with him playing that well.

6. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

Did we ever think that Brady would be anything less than dominant in his return? Brady was pretty close to as good as it gets in a ruthlessly efficient performance against Cleveland. He completed 75.8 percent of his passes when under no pressure, and if you factor in drops (three), batted passes (one) and throwaways (one), his adjusted completion rate overall for the game was an impressive 81.6 percent — fourth-best in the NFL this week.

7. Joey Bosa, OLB, San Diego Chargers

27 snaps of Bosa was all the Chargers fans got for his rookie debut, but it was more than enough to leave them excited about their No. 3 overall pick. Bosa notched two sacks, and seven total pressures on only 20 pass-rushing snaps, while playing both defensive end and outside linebacker and splitting between the left and right side of the line. (Check out his various alignments below.) He looked every bit the player he was at Ohio State — which is to say the most dominant defender in college football over the past two seasons.


8. Christopher Hubbard, OT, Pittsburgh Steelers

Without their starting right tackle Marcus Gilbert versus the Jets Sunday, the Steelers could have had a problem, but Hubbard in his place was excellent in Pittsburgh’s win. He didn’t allow a single pressure over 52 pass-blocking snaps, joining the interior trio in shutting down the Jets pass-rush, while enjoying some good run-blocking snaps against the big men of their defensive front too. For a stand-in starter, the Steelers couldn’t have asked for any more.

9. Terence Newman, CB, Minnesota Vikings

Newman is 38 years old and still producing well as a starting cornerback. It’s not a direct comparison, but the Jets’ Darrelle Revis is seven years younger and his athleticism is declining to the point that may not be true any longer. This week Newman went up against rookie speedster Will Fuller in Minnesota’s win over the Texans, and held him without a catch on four targets. Fuller had one catch for four yards in the game, but it didn’t come against Newman. For the game, Newman was perfect on six targets, notching two passes defensed.

10. Cody Whitehair, C, Chicago Bears

Whitehair isn’t just starting at center as a rookie – an unusual and tough proposition on its own – but is doing so making the switch from playing left tackle last season for Kansas State. To be keeping his head above water would be an achievement, but this week he dominated the Colts’ defensive front in Chicago’s loss, allowing no pressure at all in pass protection and moving D-linemen around in the run game.

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Sam is a Senior Analyst at Pro Football Focus, as well as a contributor to ESPN and NBCSports.

  • Milliken Steeler

    Ill be honest. I am shocked by mother Hubbards performance. That was just great football by him. Kudos!

    • Limousine Liberal

      Me too. I was worried about both tackles that game, really. The Jets are supposed to have an impressive D line.

  • crosseyedlemon

    It’s nice to see at least some of the Bills are trying to repay Sam for his vote of confidence in them.

    • geo2209

      What is there to repay? Most of the Bills D has been graded in the top 20 all season long and only had one bad game. Shutting out the Patriots in Foxboro wasn’t a fluke and I expected them to shut down Gurley and the Rams.

  • Mandax

    Uh…..Darius Slay in Detroit? Nothing?? What horsesheet..

    • geo2209

      Agree, Slay was a beast and shut down Alshon the week before.

  • Kirk Collins

    Maybe PFF should check their Rating method for RBs.
    Zeke E. is ranked #22 and below average.
    How many NFL GMs and coaches believe he is #22 and below average.
    Because of rating criteria, can see why maybe not in top 3, but 22? come on!

    • geo2209

      His first couple of games were shaky at best and there was talk of Alf usurping his role. Such short memories and PFF grades are cumulative averages bro.

    • Eric

      Elliott got a pretty ordinary PFF grade for his game against the Bengals, too. When an RB is untouched for a 60 yard TD, I don’t think they give the RB a whole lot of credit because any RB with some speed could have scored with that blocking. I can totally understand that. I thought Gurley was a little overrated last year because he had some big gains on plays where he was running thru huge holes. Reminiscent of Ron Dayne at Wisconsin.
      Having said that, its hard to believe that Elliott has essentially the same grades in all PFF RB categories as Matt Asiata.

  • Antileftist

    I’m surprised to see how quickly Bosa is contributing in SD after missing training camp. Kudos to him. I’m glad to see Terrance Newman still playing well at CB for the Vikes. The Vikes were only ranked 17th statistically in PFF’s overall power ranking going into this weekend. To this point, Zimmer’s team truly represents an example of the sum being greater than it’s parts. They seemingly have finished the most challenging part of their schedule and look like they could end up with home field advantage in the playoffs, barring injuries etc. If so, I hope they don’t pull a page out of their distant past and crap out if they make the Big Dance. Though the franchise has one of the better overall W/L records in the NFL, their fans have experienced as much heartache as any in football.

    • cka2nd

      The defensive depth has been something else, especially on the DL and at cornerback. Andrew Sendejo is turning into a decent starting safety, and the rest of the defense is covering for the fact that Anthony Barr has only been so-so so far. Rick Spielman really deserves a lot of credit for putting together this roster, including getting good value out of undrafted free agents (e.g., Adam Thielen and Zac Kerin), trades (Nick Easton and Jeremiah Sirles) and mid- to low-round draft picks (Diggs, Ellison, Pruitt and Morgan).

  • Mr. Lambert

    No love for Lorenzo Alexander?

  • shawnthesheep

    How is Bosa not #1? 7 total pressures and 2 sacks in only 20 pass-rushing snaps. That’s phenomenal. And he also held up against the run, notching a tackle for loss while playing on just 7 rushing downs. And Bosa was working against an OL that had allowed only 7 sacks through 4 weeks.

  • Limousine Liberal

    BIg Ben outplayed Brady (as usual) but gets no love.

  • Stan

    So Vic Beasley’s 4 sacks aren’t better than 1 sack and 3 hurries? Lol okay PFF

  • Bob Barker

    My favorite part of Robey-Coleman’s performance was the scream he let out on the one pass thrown his way that he didn’t pick off. It was another pick-six if he were only an inch or two taller (he’s 5’7″). Glad he followed it up with a game sealing 2nd INT. But the two pick-six performance he could have had would have been that much sweeter. Especially playing in his old college stadium.