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NFL Week 16: PFF Team of the Week & Player Awards

Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) throws a pass against the New England Patriots in the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

George Kittle goes off…again: The Niners tight end averaged 8.3 yards after the catch per reception, forced two missed tackles and generated a perfect 158.3 passer rating when targeted for the second week in a row.

Chris Jones wreaking havoc: Across 42 pass-rush snaps, the veteran interior defender recorded one sack, three hits, five hurries and an additional nine pass-rush wins, ending the game with a 45.2% pass-rush win rate.

Kenneth Walker III making 'em miss: The Seahawks rookie rushed for 107 yards on 26 carries (4.1 YPA) and forced five missed tackles along the way.

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PFF TEAM OF THE WEEK

Offense

QB: Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
RB: Kenneth Walker III, Seattle Seahawks
WR: Kendrick Bourne, New England Patriots
WR: DeVonta Smith, Philadelphia Eagles
TE: George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers
FLEX: Jaylen Waddle, Miami Dolphins
LT:
 Tyler Smith, Dallas Cowboys

LG: Ben Bredeson, New York Giants
C: Corey Linsley, Los Angeles Chargers
RG: Chris Lindstrom, Atlanta Falcons
RT: Morgan Moses, Baltimore Ravens

Defense

DI: Chris Jones, Kansas City Chiefs
DI: Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh Steelers
Edge: Nick Bosa, San Francisco 49ers
Edge: Danielle Hunter, Minnesota Vikings
LB: Foyesade Oluokun, Jacksonville Jaguars
LB: Bobby Wagner, Los Angeles Rams
CB: Cobie Durant, Los Angeles Rams
CB: Asante Samuel Jr., Los Angeles Chargers
S: Chuck Clark, Baltimore Ravens
S: Juan Thornhill, Kansas City Chiefs
Flex: Isaiah Simmons, Arizona Cardinals

Offensive Player of the Week: George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers

Kittle put on yet another stellar performance, catching all six of his targets for 120 yards and two scores. He averaged 8.3 yards after the catch per reception, forced two missed tackles and generated a perfect 158.3 passer rating when targeted for the second week in a row.

The Niners tight end earned a 95.6 PFF grade for his efforts, the highest-single-game grade of his career.

Defensive Player of the Week: Chris Jones, Kansas City Chiefs

Jones was a force to be reckoned with as a pass-rusher in Week 16. Across 42 pass-rush snaps, the veteran interior defender recorded one sack, three hits, five hurries and an additional nine pass-rush wins, ending the game with a 45.2% pass-rush win rate — the best-single game mark among defensive linemen this season.

Rookie of the Week: Kenneth Walker III, Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks rookie rushed for 107 yards on 26 carries (4.1 YPA) and forced five missed tackles along the way. Three of his runs went for 10 or more yards, and he moved the chains six times.

Offensive Line of the Week: Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs offensive line allowed just three pressures — a sack and two hurries — across 31 pass-blocking snaps in Week 16.
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