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

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers defensive end Brian Burns (53) gets some medical help during the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Kelce dominates: It was another huge performance for the Eagles center, who earned a 91.2 PFF run-blocking grade.

Lamar Jackson better than the raw numbers suggest: The Ravens quarterback, hurt by five dropped passes, led his team down the field late to take the lead, albeit one that the Jaguars eventually took back.

Brian Burns’ big day: The Panthers edge defender dominated against the Broncos' offensive line, registering eight total pressures.

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QB Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens

PFF grade: 90.9

Jackson’s passing numbers on the surface don’t look that impressive, including just a 50% completion percentage in Week 12. However, five of his 32 passes were dropped by his receivers, so he was better than those numbers suggest. On throws beyond the sticks, he went 8-for-17, including three drops, for 196 yards and three big-time throws — one of which was a clutch bomb to DeSean Jackson to set the Ravens up to take the lead late in the fourth quarter. And as usual, he was a problem as a runner, tallying 89 yards and four forced missed tackles.

C Jason Kelce, Philadelphia Eagles

PFF grade: 91.7

Kelce “lost” just one of his 35 reps in pass protection against the Green Bay Packers, and even then the ball was out quickly enough from quarterback Jalen Hurts that it didn’t result in pressure. In the end, Kelce didn't allow a single sack, hit or hurry on those 35 pass-blocking snaps. He was dominant as a run blocker, too, finishing the game with a 91.2 PFF run-blocking grade.

CB L’Jarius Sneed, Kansas City Chiefs

PFF grade: 92.5

Sneed was on the field for 24 coverage snaps against the Rams on Sunday afternoon and was targeted four times on those plays. He did allow three receptions, but they went for a total of nine yards, with two tackles from Sneed resulting in a defensive stop. He also recorded his first interception of the season, helping him to a 92.5 PFF grade on the day.

EDGE Brian Burns, Carolina Panthers

PFF grade: 89.6

Brian Burns had an outrageous game for the Panthers as a pass-rusher against the Denver Broncos, helping them to a win in the process. From 38 pass-rushing snaps on the day, Burns registered two sacks, two hits and four hurries. He also tallied another pass-rush win on a rep that didn’t result in pressure and batted a pass. Overall, he finished the game with a 23.7% pass-rush win rate and registered a pressure on 21.1% of his pass-rushing snaps.

S Rudy Ford, Green Bay Packers

PFF grade: 88.7

Ford impressed for the second time in as many weeks for the Packers, albeit in a losing effort to the Philadelphia Eagles. From 35 snaps in coverage, he allowed just two receptions for two yards and made a tackle resulting in a defensive stop. He did miss one tackle from the nine he attempted in the game, but he more than made up for it with a forced fumble, producing an 88.7 PFF grade on the night.


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