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NFL Week 5: PFF Team of the Week & Player Awards

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (7) rolls out the pocket against the New Orleans Saints during the first half at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

QB Geno Smith went 16-of-25 for 267 yards and three passing touchdowns against the Saints in Week 5, recording five big-time throws in the process.

Aaron Donald tallied two sacks, one hit and three hurries against Dallas in Week 5, beating his blocker on 38.9% of his pass-rushing snaps.

Panthers tackle Ikem Ekwonu graded positively on 38.9% of his run blocks in Week 5, leading to an incredible 98.0 run-blocking grade — the best single-game run-blocking grade ever recorded by a rookie tackle.

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PFF TEAM OF THE WEEK

Offense

QB: Geno Smith, Seattle Seahawks
RB: Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys
WR: Jakobi Meyers, New England Patriots
WR: Dyami Brown, Washington Commanders
TE: David Njoku, Cleveland Browns
FLEX: Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints
LT:
 Ikem Ekwonu, Carolina Panthers

LG: Ezra Cleveland, Minnesota Vikings
C: Jason Kelce, Philadelphia Eagles
RG: Wyatt Teller, Cleveland Browns
RT: Elgton Jenkins, Green Bay Packers

Defense

DI: Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams
DI: Chris Jones, Kansas City Chiefs
Edge: Carl Lawson, New York Jets
Edge: Micah Parsons, Dallas Cowboys
LB: Bobby Wagner, Los Angeles Rams
LB: Fred Warner, San Francisco 49ers
CB: Charvarius Ward, San Francisco 49ers
CB: Patrick Surtain II, Denver Broncos
S: Caden Sterns, Denver Broncos
S: Antoine Winfield Jr., Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Flex: Stephon Gilmore, Indianapolis Colts

Offensive Player of the Week: Geno Smith, Seattle Seahawks

No Russell Wilson, no problem — the Geno Smith train keeps rolling. The veteran quarterback went 16-of-25 for 267 yards and three passing touchdowns against the Saints in Week 5, recording five big-time throws in the process. He averaged 10.3 yards per pass attempt, 14.9 air yards per pass attempt and went 5-of-9 for 189 yards on passes thrown 20-plus yards downfield.

Defensive Player of the Week: Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams

Donald tallied two sacks, one hit and three hurries against Dallas in Week 5, beating his blocker on 38.9% of his pass-rushing snaps. The Rams star is now tied for fourth in the league in total pressures (22) and sits behind only Myles Garrett in pass-rush grade.

Rookie of the Week: T Ikem Ekwonu, Carolina Panthers

The sixth overall pick of the 2022 NFL Draft earned a 92.1 PFF grade against the 49ers in Week 5, the best single-game grade by an offensive tackle this season. While he allowed just one pressure across 49 pass-blocking snaps, it was his work as a run-blocker that drove his grade. In all, he graded positively on 38.9% of his run blocks, leading to an incredible 98.0 run-blocking grade — the best single-game run-blocking grade ever recorded by a rookie tackle.

Offensive Line of the Week:  Cleveland Browns

The Browns' front five didn't give up a single sack in Week 5 and allowed only four total pressures on the day. Better yet, the line also earned an 85.5 run-blocking grade, the second-best mark of the week.

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