The Week 6 slate of games is almost in the books. Kirk Cousins gave a miraculous performance against the Eagles, Tyreek Hill made a triumphant return to the Chiefs passing attack, Stephon Gilmore continued to shut everything down and Aaron Donald was…Aaron Donald. Here’s PFF’s NFL Week 6 Team of the Week, highlighting the best single-game performances around the league.
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Cousins has bounced back from a pretty disastrous start to the 2019 season with a pair of impressive games over the past two weeks. Yesterday was up there with his best performances in purple, seeing him go 16-for-20 for 257 yards with four touchdowns and an interception when the Vikings kept him free from pressure.
Ingram’s raw stats from the day aren’t going to blow anyone away, with the former Heisman Trophy winner rushing for 52 yards on 13 carries, but this was a perfect case of a running back fighting for every yard. All told, 3.7 of his 4.0 yards per carry average came after contact, and he forced four missed tackles on those 13 carries.
In his first game back after leaving the season opener injured, Hill once again proved himself to be one of the premier deep threats in the NFL. He was targeted just twice on throws targeted 20 or more yards downfield, but turned one of those targets into an impressive touchdown grab, going up high to snag the pass before reaching across the goal line.
Golladay opened the game with a big reception for 66 yards on a flea-flicker and would go on to be the Lions’ top receiver in the game. He was targeted nine times, but just five of those were catchable, with all five resulting in a first down.
FLEX O Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers
If anyone was wondering how key a healthy Hunter Henry could be for the Chargers, we saw just how good he can be on Sunday Night Football. Including two scores, he racked up 100 receiving yards from 36 snaps in route, good enough to see him average 2.78 yards per route run on the night.
Hooper had one of the best games of his career on Sunday, proving to be a safe pair of hands and a reliable red-zone target for quarterback Matt Ryan. He was targeted eight times against the Cardinals, catching them all for 117 yards and a touchdown.
For a sixth-round draft pick making just his second start, it doesn’t get much better than this. Daley was impressive in pass protection, allowing just one hit from 36 pass-rushing snaps, and he really impressed as a run blocker, producing an 86.0 PFF run-blocking grade in the game.
Iupati was solid in pass protection, allowing just two hurries and no hits or sacks from 47 pass-blocking snaps against the Browns on Sunday. He really stood out as a run-blocker through, posting an 80.1 PFF run-blocking grade on the day.
In a week that has lacked a dominant performance by a center so far, Karras produced one of the best games of his career. He allowed a hurry from 46 snaps in pass protection, but it was his work as a run-blocker that stood out. His 79.2 PFF run-blocking grade was by far his best mark in that category in 2019.
Brooks has been the best right guard in football this season, and he proved that again with an impressive showing on Sunday. For the fourth time this season he didn’t allow a single sack, hit or hurry in a game, and he has now produced a PFF grade north of 80.0 in all but one game so far this season.
The Vikings’ 2019 second-round draft pick has taken a nice little step forward in 2019, with the former Pitt Panther producing his best game of the season yesterday. From 35 pass-blocking snaps, he allowed just one hurry, with no sacks or hits given up. He also had his best game of the year as a run-blocker, producing an 80.0 PFF run-blocking grade.
Despite it coming in a losing effort, Aaron Donald reminded anyone who had forgotten that he is still the best defensive player in football, racking up two sacks, two hits and two hurries from just 32 pass-rushing snaps. He has now registered 30 total pressures on 212 pass-rushing snaps so far in 2019.
Campbell produced six hurries from 31 pass-rushing snaps on Sunday, averaging a pressure just over once every five pass-rushing snaps. He was even better against the run, though, producing a 92.7 PFF run-defense grade, with three of his four tackles resulting in a defensive stop.
Vernon was a monster against the run on Sunday, with all four of his tackles resulting in a defensive stop en route to a 94.4 PFF run-defense grade. He was efficient as a pass-rusher too, racking up a hit and four hurries from 42 pass-rushing snaps.
Armstead is enjoying the best season of his five-year career so far and has dominated against the run. Three of his five solo tackles on Sunday resulted in a defensive stop, and he added a sack and three hurries on 20 pass-rushing snaps, taking his PFF overall grade to 89.5 so far this season.
The Redskins linebacker had an impressive game in coverage, highlighted by an interception on an ill-advised Josh Rosen throw. He also had a play where tight coverage forced an inaccurate pass, and he finished the game having allowed a 0.0 passer rating on the three throws into his coverage.
This was a really good all-round game from Kendricks, who made plays in coverage, against the run and as a pass-rusher. He registered two pass breakups on the day, saw four of his seven solo tackles result in a defensive stop, and he registered three total pressures on four pass-rushing snaps.
For the second time this season, opposing quarterbacks would have been more efficient throwing the ball into the turf instead of targeting receivers in Quinton Dunbar’s coverage. He saw seven passes thrown into his coverage on Sunday, allowing just three receptions for eight yards, and he registered an interception. That all adds up to an NFL passer rating of only 10.7.
We’ve seen a Patriots cornerback play well enough to earn a spot on the PFF Team of the Week in five of the six weeks of the 2019 season so far, and this week it’s Gilmore. Targeted eight times in coverage, he allowed an NFL passer rating of just 1.6, with only two receptions for 27 yards against his name. He also proved himself as a playmaker once again, with an interception and four pass breakups.
FLEX D Chris Harris Jr., Denver Broncos
Harris was fantastic on Sunday, shutting out the Titans’ passing attack. Two passes were thrown into his coverage in the game and they netted zero yards, an interception, a pass breakup and an NFL passer rating of 0.0.
Jenkins has started every game for the Chargers in 2019, but Sunday Night Football saw his best performance of the year so far. The 2017 fourth-round draft pick out of Miami pulled in an interception in coverage and had a tackle resulting in a defensive stop on his way to a 91.8 PFF game grade.
Harris is starting to become one of the more underrated players in the NFL, and the 2015 undrafted free agent delivered one of his best games of the season on Sunday. He saw just two passes where he was the primary defender in coverage, resulting in one reception for seven yards and a pass breakup.
Maher did have a miss on Sunday, but he more than made up for that with a 62-yarder to end the first half. He finished the game two-for-two on field goals from 50 or more yards.
Kern has been the top punter in the NFL this season, and that continued on Sunday. He averaged 4.36 yards per punt on Sunday, with eight of his nine punts landing inside the opposing 20-yard line.
It’s been a slow start to the season for kick returners in the NFL, but Wilson caused some excitement with a 92-yard return for a score for the Bengals against the Ravens on Sunday. A week ago, he had a 52-yard return, so he appears to be the in-form returner in the league right now.
Layne had one of the most memorable special teams plays of the week, knocking the ball loose as Desmond King received the punt and recovering it himself.