Deshaun Watson continued his scorching streak of play since Invoice O’Brien’s departure, Patrick Mahomes received even with Tom Brady, and the NFC Wild Card image is now a little bit murky with the Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals struggling upset losses.
PFF is right here to interrupt down NFL Week 12 in higher element utilizing advanced data and our distinctive play-by-play grading. Right here, we current to you the PFF Workforce of the Week, the large takeaway and participant awards from Week 12 of the 2020 NFL season.
PFF TEAM OF THE WEEK
QB: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
RB: Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns
WR: Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns
WR: Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
TE: Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
FLEX: Will Fuller V, Houston Texans
LT: D.J. Humphries, Arizona Cardinals
LG: David Edwards, Los Angeles Rams
C: Alex Mack, Atlanta Falcons
RG: Nate Davis, Tennessee Titans
RT: Taylor Moton, Carolina Panthers
DI: Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams
DI: Zach Kerr, Carolina Panthers
EDGE: Montez Sweat, Washington Football Team
EDGE: Joey Bosa, Los Angeles Chargers
LB: Nicholas Morrow, Las Vegas Raiders
LB: David Long, Los Angeles Chargers
CB: Xavien Howard, Miami Dolphins
CB: Chris Jones, Minnesota Vikings
S: Darnell Savage, Green Bay Packers
S: Jimmie Ward, San Francisco 49ers
FLEX D: Logan Ryan, New York Giants
THE BIG TAKEAWAY
The 2021 NFL Draft would possibly tie the 1983 draft for many quarterbacks taken in Spherical 1
Probably the most quarterbacks ever chosen within the first spherical of an NFL draft got here all the best way again in 1983. That yr, six signal-callers heard their names referred to as in Spherical 1, three of which ended up being Corridor-of-Famers (John Elway, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino). Given the present state of some NFL franchises, in addition to the play of some school quarterbacks, I believe it’s doubtless we see that document tied subsequent April.
Six school quarterbacks — Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, Zach Wilson, Trey Lance, Kyle Trask and Mac Jones — have or presently produced at a stage that warrants early-round consideration. And many greater than six NFL franchises can be trying to find a franchise quarterback come subsequent April — from the New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars, who are all however locked into the primary and second total picks, to the groups that may doubtless personal a fringe top-10 decide, such because the Chicago Bears or Washington Football Team, to groups with getting older quarterbacks which can be choosing behind Spherical 1, such because the Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers.
There’s lots of provide and lots of demand. Lawrence and Fields are penciled in as future members of the Jets and Jaguars, however the remainder of the bunch is the place it will get fascinating.
As we noticed on Sunday Night time Soccer, the Bears can be within the dialog to nab the third quarterback off the board in April. Mitchell Trubisky made his return to the beginning lineup and responded with an NFL-high 5 turnover-worthy performs in opposition to the Green Bay Packers. He didn’t document a big-time throw and posted a 46.5 passing grade on the night time. Chicago began the season with a 5-1 document and has since misplaced 5 in a row.
The Soccer Workforce may even be within the working for that third quarterback, assuming they’re unable to win the disastrous NFC East. Alex Smith hasn’t fairly been a legal responsibility on the signal-caller spot, however the veteran quarterback who is 2 years faraway from one of many worst accidents in NFL historical past isn’t a long-term resolution. Smith earned a 67.9 PFF grade in his staff’s win over the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving day, bringing his season-long mark to 67.1.
Nevertheless, these aren’t the one groups choosing within the first half of Spherical 1 that could possibly be on the lookout for a quarterback in 2021. A handful of untamed playing cards are in that vary, too, such because the Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos and New England Patriots.
Atlanta is setting itself as much as be in quarterback purgatory with the getting older Matt Ryan and a roster that isn’t constructed to win now. Ryan has had moments the place he seems to be like he’s in his prime, posting 4 single-game grades above 83.0 this season, however he has additionally flashed indicators of decline — similar to in opposition to the Las Vegas Raiders this previous week. Ryan posted a 70.4 PFF grade, the fifth-best mark of his 11 begins. That rating isn’t essentially horrible, nevertheless it’s lower than excellent and much from the extent we noticed from him in his prime years previous to final season. He’s coming into the ultimate phases of his taking part in profession, however the Falcons are nowhere close to near with the ability to win now.
As for the Broncos, they might be seeking to hedge their wager with Drew Lock as a result of 2019 second-round decide’s efficiency thus far. He has began simply 13 video games in his NFL profession, nevertheless it has been completely underwhelming. Lock’s profession passing grade sits at 57.4, and he confirmed no indicators of progress in his most up-to-date begins previous to lacking Week 12 as a consequence of COVID-19 protocols. On throws of 10-plus yards downfield this season, Lock ranks second-to-last in uncatchable cross price, at 46.3%. A quarterback in Spherical 1 actually isn’t out of the query for Denver.
However maybe probably the most fascinating staff of all of them is the New England Patriots. Invoice Belichick has three choices: Prolong Cam Newton, draft a quarterback within the first spherical or each. Contemplating Newton’s efficiency this season, there’s a powerful probability we see one of many latter two. Newton had his worst recreation as a Patriot in opposition to the Cardinals on Sunday, producing a 32.5 passing grade. He has led New England to rank twenty fourth in per-play passing effectivity this season, and he now ranks third-to-last in big-time throw price.
That is already six groups, and it is with out discussing the franchises within the again half of the primary spherical — Indianapolis and Pittsburgh. On prime of that, we may see darkish horses within the dialog, as properly, such because the Detroit Lions, Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers.
No matter how you’re feeling about fringe first-round prospects like Trask and Jones, it appears possible at this price that they make their means into Day 1 of the 2021 NFL Draft to tie the 1983 document. There’s simply an excessive amount of demand at quarterback for that to not be the case and a number of the play in Week 12 verified that.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
This was a detailed one between Landry and Tyreek Hill, however PFF Offensive Participant of the Week in the end went to the Browns receiver for his unbelievable per route manufacturing. Landry picked up extra yards per route run in opposition to the Jaguars on Sunday than any large receiver in a single recreation this season at 6.81. That can be over 4.4 yards extra per route run than in some other recreation of the season for Landry. His 93.9 receiving grade for the sport is one of the best we’ve got seen this season and tied for the third-best during the last 5 seasons. Landry and quarterback Baker Mayfield linked for extra explosive receiving performs of 15-plus yards than they ever have with six. That duo helped give the Browns the fifth-most environment friendly passing offense of Week 12, in the end bringing Cleveland to an 8-3 document on the yr.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The Inexperienced Bay Packers secondary needed to be licking their chops after they discovered Mitchell Trubisky can be beginning at quarterback for the Chicago Bears. And second-year security Darnell Savage took benefit of Trubisky underneath heart, as he got here up with two interceptions at deep security for the Packers and got here away with a career-best 96.3 PFF grade. Not solely was it the best grade of his younger NFL profession, nevertheless it was one of the best we’ve got given to a security since Week 13 of 2012 when Kerry Rhodes posted a 97.0 PFF grade.
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The security did get some assist from Trubisky launching one into double-coverage on his first interception within the second quarter then launching one other into triple-coverage on his second one within the third quarter. However on the finish of the day, Savage tracked the ball, got here up with the interceptions and didn’t get dinged for any mistake all through the whole thing of the sport.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
He had not one however two fumble restoration touchdowns… on back-to-back performs. In fact Jeremy Chinn is the PFF Rookie of the Week!
Chinn’s rookie marketing campaign hadn’t been going all that properly previous to Week 12. He had simply two single-game grades above 70.0 and 5 that fell wanting 47.0. Then in opposition to Minnesota on Sunday, Chinn got here out and had himself by far one of the best efficiency of his younger NFL profession. The Southern Illinois product posted an 89.9 PFF grade for the sport that includes his highest run-defense grade of the yr by practically 20 grading factors at 91.6 and a season-high 4 defensive stops.
Carolina could have fallen brief in opposition to Minnesota, nevertheless it was a promising efficiency as a complete for the sixty fourth total decide that had up-and-down manufacturing in earlier weeks.
OFFENSIVE LINE OF THE WEEK
No offensive line mixed to supply a better unit PFF grade this week than the Titans in opposition to a DeForest Buckner-less Indianapolis Colts. The group was one in all three offensive strains on the week to not enable a single sack or hit on their quarterback and total surrendered simply three whole pressures on the day. Although the large purpose why they earn Offensive Line of the Week honors is essentially as a result of lanes they opened up for Derrick Henry. Tennessee’s floor recreation generated the best profitable run price of any staff this week at 54% and extra explosive runs of 10-plus yards with 9. And the spine of that success was the offensive line’s NFL-high 86.2 run-block grade for the week. Whereas the yardage and touchdowns could belong to the ball-carrier within the stat sheet, it’s vital we give credit score to the large males up entrance who’re simply as accountable.
SECRET SUPERSTAR OF THE WEEK
After spending all of 2018 and the primary half of 2019 as a UDFA on Atlanta’s observe squad, Tuioti-Mariner has been a key rotational piece for the Falcons. However he by no means fairly had any success in that function. Previous to Week 12, Tuioti-Mariner had generated simply 11 profession pressures on 214 pass-rushes and earned a poor 50.6 pass-rush grade over the course of that span. On Sunday in opposition to Las Vegas, nonetheless, he was among the finest pass-rushers of the week with a career-high 92.4 pass-rush grade. He managed to document over half of his profession stress whole coming into the week with 4 on 20 pass-rushes. Certainly one of which was a strip-sack fumble on the finish of the primary half when Las Vegas was on Atlanta’s 30-yard line with an opportunity to convey it to a one-score recreation as they have been down simply 13-3.
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That was the second fumble restoration by Tuioti-Mariner of the sport. Earlier, he scooped up a fumble attributable to Foyesade Oluokun that put the Falcons on the Raiders’ 21-yard line and in the end led to a few factors.
PLAY OF THE WEEK
It’s broadly identified at this level that Patrick Mahomes and his large receiver Tyreek Hill are every human highlight-reels. Their showdown in opposition to the Buccaneers was chock-full of them, and the 75-yard landing the tandem linked on was fingers down one of the best play we noticed of Week 12.
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That throw ties for the second-longest passing landing by means of the air this season at 53 yards from the road of scrimmage. Tampa cornerback Carlton Davis had no shot at maintaining with the Cheetah, who additionally had a monster day like his quarterback. This was one in all seven explosive performs of 15-plus yards generated by Hill, tying for probably the most in a single recreation during the last 5 seasons. The Mahomes to Hill connection in Week 12 was simply the third this season to have no less than 10 targets in a single recreation and generate an ideal passer score of 158.3.
Deadly is an understatement.
AN EARLY LOOK AHEAD TO WEEK 13…
Two NFC groups suffered crushing upset losses in Week 12 and can now face off in Week 13 in a matchup that’s now much more impactful to the playoff image. The 7-4 Los Angeles Rams can be touring to tackle the 6-5 Arizona Cardinals within the first of their two divisional showdowns this season.
L.A. is coming off fingers down their worst offensive outing of the 2020 season. The Rams ranked third-to-last of Week 12 in EPA per play generated at -0.47. Their earlier season low was nowhere close to that unhealthy at -0.21 in Week 8 and that mark was truly the second-worst of the Sean McVay period. From a pure passing standpoint, solely the Denver Broncos had a extra inefficient passing assault. Evidently, we’re prone to see some enchancment in Week 13, however to what diploma?
There’s additionally a matchup with doable playoff seeding implications on the AFC facet subsequent week because the 8-3 Tennessee Titans tackle the 8-3 Cleveland Browns. Particularly with the Browns who are actually truly a playoff staff after years of being the laughing inventory of the league. Cleveland presently sits on the No. 5 seed within the AFC, and a win right here will additional assist their odds of sustaining this spot. They’ll want Baker Mayfield on his A-game to take action, and that hasn’t been the case in 2020. Mayfield had a good outing in Week 12 in opposition to a foul Jaguars protection with a passing grade of 81.1, however that was simply the second time this season he has posted a grade north of 75.0.