PFF broke down the numbers immediately after every NFL Week 16 game, including scores, rookie standouts, offensive line performances and more.
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Offensive spotlight: Jaguars tight end Evan Engram hauled in all seven of his catchable targets for 113 yards and four first downs. Three of his receptions went for 15 or more yards, and 96 of his yards came after the catch. He forced one missed tackle and caught his only contested target, too.
And now to the elephant in the room: Zach Wilson looked completely unraveled on Thursday night, completing nine of his 18 attempts for 92 yards and an interception. Granted, the weather wasn't exactly conducive to throwing the football, but Wilson didn't just struggle with accuracy, as his decision-making and pocket presence also fell well below NFL standards.
The former No. 2 overall pick earned a 39.3 PFF grade on first review. If it holds, it will be his seventh consecutive PFF grade under 65.0.
Defensive spotlight: Quinnen Williams returned from injury and made an instant impact for the Jets, strip-sacking Trevor Lawrence to end Jacksonville’s first drive. The star interior defender earned a 90.0-plus PFF grade on first review and looked his usual, sharp self as a pass-rusher.
Offensive spotlight: Rookie Drake London fumbled the ball for the second straight week but had an outstanding remainder of the game. He caught seven of his nine targets for 96 yards, averaging 3.6 yards per route run.
Defensive spotlight: Roquan Smith continued his outstanding play since joining the Ravens in a trade earlier this season. He had two defensive stops and gave up just one first down in coverage.
Offensive spotlight: D’Onta Foreman and Chuba Hubbard had everything they wanted on the ground against the Lions. Foreman finished with 165 yards on 21 carries with six broken tackles, while Hubbard racked up 126 yards on only 12 carries with three broken tackles. The Panthers' offense scored on seven of 10 possessions in their most impressive offensive performance of the season.
Defensive spotlight: These were the kind of performances the Panthers thought they’d be getting regularly when they drafted Derrick Brown in the top 10 back in 2020. He was the Panthers' highest-graded defender on the day, with two hits and two hurries on 34 pass-rushing snaps.
Offensive spotlight: Mahomes went 5-for-12 on throws beyond the sticks in this game, but that doesn’t tell the full story. Those five completions went for 121 yards, and he also suffered two drops from his receivers. Mahomes only rushed the ball twice in this game, but that included a three-yard score to extend the Chiefs' lead to 24-3 in the fourth quarter.
Defensive spotlight: Chris Jones had another huge game up front for the Kansas City Chiefs defense. From our first run of grading on the game, he registered a sack, three quarterback hits and five quarterback hurries — good for a 22.5% pass-rush win rate.
Offensive spotlight: While the weather conditions were unconducive to catching the ball, five dropped passes from Browns receivers — one of them a likely game-tying touchdown to tight end David Njoku — played a massive role in this game. And Cleveland had only 20 catchable opportunities (25%), making things far worse. The five drops were a combined 65 air yards down the field.
Defensive spotlight: Kaden Elliss has been a man possessed ever since his taking over for Pete Werner as a starter in Week 10. Against the Browns, Elliss led all players in the game with six defensive stops. He played a huge role in the Saints holding Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt to only 100 yards on 31 carries
Offensive spotlight: Titans running back Derrick Henry finished the game with 126 rushing yards and an initial 81.5 rushing grade. Despite the loss, he was the top offensive player on the day. He forced eight missed tackles and ripped off four explosive runs of 10-plus yards.
Defensive spotlight: Texans defensive tackle Maliek Collins finished the game with an 84.6 overall grade on first review. He recorded a 73.1 run defense grade with a 71.0 pass-rush grade across 42 total defensive snaps.
Offensive spotlight: This was another masterful performance from Joe Burrow, even with two interceptions on his final stat line. Neither interception falls entirely on Burrow, with a stopped route from Tyler Boyd leading to the first and a miscommunication to the second. And there were plenty of instances of Burrow putting the ball only where his receiver could get it. Burrow finished the game with five big-time throws and an adjusted completion percentage of 88%, per PFF’s first-run analysis of the game.
Defensive spotlight: Logan Wilson is likely going to come out of the review process tomorrow as one of Cincinnati’s highest-graded defenders. Wilson recorded two pressures, including one sack, and added a game-high five coverage stops. Cincinnati’s linebacking corps earned the second-highest PFF grade as a unit from Week 10 through Week 15 behind only San Francisco’s, and the group continues to perform at a high level entering the postseason.
Offensive spotlight: The nod for Offensive Player of the Game goes to Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, who finished with a stat line of 34-for-48 with 299 passing yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Both T.J. Hockenson and Justin Jefferson had more than 100 yards through the air on the end of Cousins’ passes.
Defensive spotlight: Vikings pass rusher Danielle Hunter finished the game with two sacks on the day. His initial pass-rush grade came in at 87.9.
Offensive spotlight: Buffalo’s running backs had big games in the frigid conditions. Devin Singletary rushed for 106 yards on 12 carries, while James Cook racked up 99 on 11 attempts. Just 65 of those 205 combined yards came after contact.
Defensive spotlight: Tre’Davious White didn’t give up a catch all game and had a critical hand in stopping a Bears drive short of the first down to force a turnover on downs. His return is a big thing for the Bills down the stretch and into the postseason.
Offensive spotlight: George Kittle has been absolutely dominant recently. The sixth-year tight end’s 94.4 grade over the last two weeks currently leads all players. Against the Commanders, Kittle caught six of his eight targets for 120 yards and two touchdowns — his second-straight game with multiple touchdowns.
Defensive spotlight: Nick Bosa continues to further his case for Defensive Player of the Year. Against the Commanders, the fourth-year edge defender generated nine pressures from 26 pass-rushing snaps, with a couple of sacks and a forced fumble as well. Bosa had a 33.3% pass-rush win rate on the day, per PFF”s initial review.
Offensive spotlight: CeeDee Lamb was simply unguardable against the Eagles. The third-year wide receiver caught 10 of his 11 targets for 120 yards and two touchdowns, with an absurd 151.7 passer rating when targeted.
Defensive spotlight: Linval Joseph dominated on the interior of the Eagles defensive line. He currently has an 89.8 grade on first review, which would be his highest in a game since 2018 when he was with the Minnesota Vikings. Joseph especially excelled as a run-defender, where he had three stops and two tackles for loss/no-gain.
Offensive spotlight: Neither offense impressed Saturday night, but Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow was a notable performer, totaling. four catches from seven targets for 42 yards, three first downs and a touchdown. He also forced two missed tackles after the catch to round out his positive outing.
Defensive spotlight: Steelers interior defender Cameron Heyward was arguably the best player on the field Saturday night, as he put together an extremely impressive performance in the victory against the Raiders. Heyward totaled five pressures — two of which were sacks — en route to a 23.3% pass rush win percentage on the evening. Against the run, Heyward finished with three tackles and two run stops (both of which resulted in tackles for loss). Heyward's well-rounded performance helped fuel Pittsburgh's strong defensive showing that kept the team in the game all evening.
Offensive spotlight: Tagovailoa looked in complete control in the first half, completing nine of his 12 attempts for 229 yards (19.1 YPA) and one score. Despite his 13.3-yard average depth of target, he recorded an adjusted completion percentage of 81.8% and just one turnover-worthy play.
It was an entirely different story in the second half, where he went 7-of-13 for 81 yards (6.2 YPA) and three interceptions. Over the final 30 minutes, his average depth of target shrank to 8.8 yards, but he put up an adjusted completion percentage of just 58.3% and three turnover-worthy plays.
Defensive spotlight: Packers interior defender Jarran Reed seemed to be around the ball all day. He produced four pressures from 16 pass-rush snaps and added three defensive stops against the run.
Offensive spotlight: Rams tight end Tyler Higbee caught nine of his 10 catchable targets for 94 yards, two touchdowns and three more first downs to earn what will very likely be his first 85.0-plus PFF grade of the season. He averaged 4.09 yards per route run, and 74 of his yards came after the catch.
Defensive spotlight: Veteran linebacker Bobby Wagner was targeted six times in coverage, but he allowed just three completions for 20 yards and just one first down. He hauled in one of his team's three interceptions and added five solo tackles.
Offensive spotlight: Leonard Fournette did his best James White/Shane Vereen/Danny Woodhead impression on Christmas Day, catching nine passes for 90 receiving yards and three first downs. He forced four missed tackles and racked up 65 receiving yards after contact in a gutsy performance.
Defensive spotlight: J.J. Watt recorded two hits on Tom Brady and came away with four pass-rush wins. He also added a mammoth six defensive stops against the run to end the game with an 86.3 run-defense grade.
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