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NFL Week 14 Highlights: Notable grades from Sunday's games

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) looks to hand off the ball during the first quarter at Nissan Stadium Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. Nfl Jacksonville Jaguars At Tennessee Titans

Justin Jefferson shows WR1 credentials again: The Vikings wide receiver averaged 5.19 yards per route run in the loss to the Detroit Lions.

Trevor Lawrence gives Jaguars fans hope for the future: The former No. 1 overall pick delivered the highest-graded performance of his career so far.

D.J. Reader shuts down the Browns' rushing attack: The Bengals’ star interior defensive lineman registered four tackles for loss or no gain in the Week 14 win.

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We'll be checking in on PFF grades and data each Monday when numbers are finalized, highlighting some of the interesting performances from Sunday’s action.

Here are the top stories from Week 14.

QB Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars

PFF grade: 92.6

The No. 1 overall selection of the 2021 NFL Draft is having the best run of his career, with Sunday’s win over the Tennessee Titans the third time in the past five games where he has produced a PFF grade of 80.0 or better.

Lawrence was fantastic throwing past the sticks, going 13-for-18 for 196 yards and a pair of touchdowns on those throws. 


C Tyler Linderbaum, Baltimore Ravens

PFF grade: 91.3

The Ravens dominated on the ground in their road win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, and the 25th pick in the 2022 NFL Draft was a big reason why.

Linderbaum was solid as a pass-blocker, allowing just one pressure across 23 pass-blocking snaps. It was in the running game where he really showed up, though, with nine positively graded blocks. That included a fantastic seal of Steelers linebacker Devin Bush at the second level on J.K. Dobbins‘ 44-yard run in the first quarter, the Ravens' longest play from scrimmage in the game. 

 

WR Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings

PFF grade: 91.5

The Vikings lost the game, but wide receiver Justin Jefferson once again showcased his credentials as the top player at the position in the NFL. On the field for 43 snaps as a receiver, the former LSU star racked up a career-high 223 receiving yards, with eight of his 11 receptions resulting in a first down for the Vikings. Jefferson averaged a whopping 5.19 yards per route run in the loss, doing everything he could to keep the Vikings in the game.


EDGE Aidan Hutchinson, Detroit Lions

PFF grade: 91.5

The No. 2 overall selection of the 2022 NFL Draft produced the highest-graded performance of his young career as the Lions defeated the Vikings to continue their late playoff push. He registered a sack and a hit from 38 pass-rushing snaps but had another eight plays where he won the rep, only for the ball to be out too quickly to result in a pressure.


DI D.J. Reader, Cincinnati Bengals

PFF grade: 91.4

D.J. Reader had a monster game in the trenches for the Cincinnati Bengals in their win over the Cleveland Browns. He registered five tackles from 18 snaps in run defense, with all five resulting in a defensive stop. Better yet, four of those five tackles were made for either a loss or no gain.

He also registered a hit as a pass-rusher, but it was his season-best 90.2 run-defense grade that shows where Reader really made his mark.

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