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NFL Week 13 Highlights: Notable grades from Sunday's games

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Quinnen Williams dominates up front: The Jets’ star interior defender made a big impact despite the team's loss to the Falcons.

Sam LaPorta continues to shine: The rookie tight end had a career day in the Lions' win over the Saints.

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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 13.

QB Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins

PFF Grade: 91.0

The Dolphins' offense continues to dominate, especially against weaker opposition. Tagovailoa went 18-of-24 for 280 yards and a pair of long touchdown passes to wide receiver Tyreek Hill against the Washington Commanders. He finished the game with two big-time throws and zero turnover-worthy plays.

TE Sam LaPorta, Detroit Lions

PFF Grade: 90.7

LaPorta had already established himself as a premier rookie tight end heading into Week 13, but this was his most productive game in the NFL, helping the Lions beat the New Orleans Saints. He ran a route on 20 snaps, picking up 140 yards for an average of 7.00 yards per route run. Two of his receptions went for 15 or more yards, with the former Iowa standout also forcing four missed tackles on the day.

CB Derek Stingley Jr., Houston Texans

PFF Grade: 92.6

Stingley, the third overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, had a trying rookie year, finishing 2022 with a 49.9 PFF coverage grade. The talent was evident when he featured at LSU, though, and he looked better in the first two weeks of this season before going down with an injury. His fourth game back was his best in the NFL to date, allowing zero receptions from four targets and coming away with two interceptions and a pass breakup.

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WR Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

PFF Grade: 90.2

On a day when he went over 1,000 receiving yards for the 10th straight season, Evans proved once again why he is still one of the best receivers in football. He averaged 6.00 yards per route run in a win over the Carolina Panthers, picking up 162 yards from 27 receiving snaps. His long touchdown reception was a thing of beauty, catching the ball before outrunning the Panthers' defense and ending the play with a dive for the pylon.

DI Quinnen Williams, New York Jets

PFF Grade: 90.2

It’s been somewhat lost amid the Jets' struggles this season, but Quinnen Williams is once again having an All-Pro-caliber season on the defensive interior. He currently has a would-be career-high 90.8 PFF grade, ranking second at the position, and is coming off one of the best games of his career. He registered four tackles resulting in a defensive stop against the Falcons in Week 13.


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