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NFL Week 15 Highlights: Notable grades from Sunday's games

Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11) celebrates a sack during the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Mahomes delivers one of most efficient QB performances of 2022: Just five of his 41 pass attempts resulted in an incompletion in a Week 15 win over the Houston Texans.

• Micah Parsons dominates again: The Cowboys’ star pass rusher recorded a superhuman 31.7% pass-rush win rate against the Jaguars.

Rookie Roger McCreary delivers a play of the year: His highlight reel tip resulted in an interception in the end zone for the Titans.

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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 15.


QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

PFF grade: 88.6

The Chiefs might've needed overtime to defeat the Houston Texans, but this was still a phenomenal game from Kansas City's signal-caller — a game they likely wouldn’t have won if not for his play. On throws beyond the sticks, he went 7-for-10 for 79 yards, including a touchdown and a pair of big-time throws. He finished the game with just five incompletions on 41 attempts, including a drop, highlighting one of the most efficient games by a quarterback this season. 


DI Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh Steelers

PFF grade: 90.5

Even in his 12th season in the NFL, Heyward remains an elite player on the defensive interior for the Steelers. From 37 pass-rushing snaps against the Carolina Panthers, Heyward registered two sacks and four hurries. Adding another three plays where he defeated his blocker but not quickly enough to register pressure, he finished the game with a 36.0% pass-rush win rate, the best of any Steelers defender in the game.


EDGE Josh Uche, New England Patriots

PFF grade: 89.8

If not for the wacky ending to the game, perhaps we’d be talking more about another huge performance from Uche. Having racked up nine sacks since Week 9, Uche delivered again against the Raiders. From 23 pass-rushing snaps, he registered a sack, four hurries and another pass-rush win that didn’t result in pressure, giving him a 26.1% pass-rush win rate on the day.


CB Roger McCreary, Tennessee Titans

PFF grade: 86.8

Another big performance in a losing effort this week came from Titans second-round rookie cornerback Roger McCreary. He was targeted just twice in the game from 45 coverage snaps and didn’t allow a reception on either pass.

The real story, though, is that he was key to one of the most incredible interceptions of the season. In what could best be described as similar to a cricket relay catch, McCreary caught the ball but was set to come down out of bounds. While in the air, he passed the ball back to Joshua Kalu, who was able to secure the ball in bounds.


EDGE Micah Parsons, Dallas Cowboys

PFF grade: 86.2

It’s now just routine for Parsons to deliver incredible performances as a pass rusher as he heads toward likely Defensive Player of the Year honors. He was on the field for 41 pass-rushing snaps in Week 15, finishing the game with a 31.7% pass-rush win rate, the best of any Cowboys player in the game. That included a sack, a hit and a whopping 10 hurries.

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