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NFL Week 12 Highlights: Notable grades from Sunday's games

2T9P62B Atlanta Falcons safety Jessie Bates III (3) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023, in Atlanta. The Atlanta Falcons won 24-15. (AP Photo/Danny Karnik)

• Kyren Williams returns and shows out: The Rams running back racked up yards after contact and caught two touchdowns.

• Josh Allen does all he can in a loss to the Eagles: The Bills’ star quarterback put together another big game in a losing effort.

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Every Monday, we’ll bring you five key storylines borne out by PFF's grades and data. Here’s what stood out in Week 12.

QB Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills

PFF Grade: 93.3

The Bills fell short on the road against the Eagles, but it was still a vintage performance from their signal-caller. Allen went 29-of-51 for 339 yards with six big-time throws and just one turnover-worthy play. And he rediscovered his dominance as a runner, too. Allen carried the ball nine times for 91 yards and scored two touchdowns, all of which were season highs.

TE Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh Steelers

PFF Grade: 93.5

In Pittsburgh’s first game since the firing of former offensive coordinator Matt Canada, Freiermuth was the team’s top target in the passing game. He led the way with 11 targets, turning them into nine receptions for 120 yards, and finished the game having averaged 4.80 yards per route run, the highest of any tight end who saw 10 or more receiving snaps this week.

RB Kyren Williams, Los Angeles Rams

PFF Grade: 84.3

Back in the Rams' lineup for the first time since Week 6, Williams burned the Cardinals for the second time this season. He recorded 104 of his 143 rushing yards after contact, and he forced three missed tackles on 16 carries. He was also a huge factor in the passing game, catching all six targets thrown his way for 61 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

LB Patrick Queen, Baltimore Ravens

PFF Grade: 94.2

The Ravens needed a big showing from their defense in a low-scoring battle with the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday Night Football, and that’s exactly what they got. It wasn’t limited to just Patrick Queen, but he was the team's best player on that side of the ball. He finished the game with a pass breakup and a forced fumble, and while he allowed six receptions from seven targets, they went for just 13 yards combined.

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S Jessie Bates III, Atlanta Falcons

PFF Grade: 91.7

Bates has enjoyed an impressive first season with the Falcons, and his impact in Sunday’s win over the New Orleans Saints was a reminder of just how good a pickup he was for the team this offseason. Bates forced a fumble and returned a Derek Carr interception 92 yards for a touchdown to put the Falcons on the board for the first time late in the first quarter.


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