Every Tuesday, PFF will be releasing its Team of the Week, representing the highest-graded players at each NFL position for that week. But Senior Analyst Sam Monson gets a jump on that by picking out the 10 least-impressive individual performances from Sunday’s games.
Here are the 10 worst players from Sunday’s Week 11 action:
1. Perrish Cox, CB, Tennessee Titans
It doesn’t get much worse for a corner than the performance from Cox this week. Targeted six times, Cox allowed a catch on each occasion, and those passes went for 142 yards (23.7 yards per catch) and a score. Andrew Luck had a perfect passer rating of 158.3 when targeting Cox in the Colts' win, despite throwing the touchdown right into his hands, only to see Cox let it slip through them and into the waiting arms of his intended receiver, T.Y. Hilton behind him.
2. Garry Gilliam, T, Seattle Seahawks
Competing weekly in the competition of which Seahawks lineman can surrender the most pressure, Gilliam this week emerged victorious in Seattle's win over Philadelphia, with six pressures to his name. Gilliam also had a false start penalty in the game and was beaten a further four times off the line but the ball came out before it could become pressure. As if that wasn’t bad enough, he was poor in the run game, surrendering a tackle to Bennie Logan and Fletcher Cox, and being squeezed into the running lane on more than one occasion.
3. Ereck Flowers, T, New York Giants
This performance brought back ugly memories of a season ago for Flowers and the Giants. In a win against the Bears this week, Flowers was beaten for nine pressures and a holding penalty. The pressures came from all angles and multiple different Chicago defenders, but the player that gave him the most trouble was rookie edge rusher Leonard Floyd, who beat him for pressure five times in the game before going off injured. Flowers began this season well, but this punctuates a steep decline in his play in recent weeks and looked far more like his disastrous rookie campaign.
4. Daniel Kilgore, C, San Francisco 49ers
There wasn’t a whole lot that went right for Kilgore in the Niners' loss against the Patriots this week. He surrendered five pressures overall — a huge amount for a center and more than two players at his position (Max Unger and Nick Mangold) have allowed all season, but he also had a false start penalty and in the third quarter snapped the ball along the floor, getting lucky that QB Colin Kaepernick was able to recover it and get a pass away without any dire consequences.
5. Martellus Bennett, TE, New England Patriots
With no Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots had been able to get excellent play out of Bennett already this season, but against the 49ers it just wasn’t there. Bennett’s blocking was particularly poor in this game, struggling both in the run game and as a pass-blocker, which could have been forgiven had he been an impact player as a receiver, but he finished the day with just 14 receiving yards and a single catch. This was one game where the Patriots could have done with Rob Gronkowski, or even the real Martellus Bennett.
6. Damontre Moore, DE, Seattle Seahawks
The primary job of an edge rusher is to get pressure, so when you rush the passer 31 times and come away with absolutely none, that’s a problem. In fact, despite 42 snaps of action against the Eagles, Moore was effectively blanked from the stat sheet entirely. Only a penalty for jumping offside was proof that he was even on the field this week, and it marked the biggest volume of playing time he has logged this season.
7. David Parry, NT, Indianapolis Colts
Parry is an undersized nose tackle who can struggle against power. The Tennessee Titans have one of the league’s most powerful road-grading offensive lines. This went exactly as you’d think it would. Parry was just controlled by the more powerful Titans line and though DeMarco Murray averaged only 3.3 yards overall, he averaged 4.4 straight up the gut either side of center. Parry did notch a sack, but it was the only pressure he managed across 27 passing snaps.
8. Kelvin Sheppard, LB, New York Giants
You will have to go a long way to find a worse collection of linebacker performances than those from the New York Giants trio this week against the Bears. All three Giants linebackers ranked among the worst performances of the week, and Sheppard was just destroyed by Chicago linemen every time one made it to the second level to block him. Sheppard lost battles to four of the five Chicago linemen at the second level, only escaping punishment from RT Bobbie Massie.
9. Keenan Robinson, LB, New York Giants
Joining his teammate on the list of ugly performances is Robinson. Robinson wasn’t nearly as bad against the run, but was victimized in coverage. Thrown at five times, Robinson allowed three catches that went for 79 yards, with 38 of them coming after the catch to three different players. In 41 total snaps, all Robinson could muster on the stat sheet was one solo tackle and one assist.
10. Josh McCown, QB, Cleveland Browns
Once again Cody Kessler begins a Browns game at QB and McCown finishes it for him, but this week it was an injury-enforced change and not voluntary. For the second week running McCown was extremely poor when he did get in the game in the loss to Pittsburgh. Overall he completed just 51.9 percent of his passes but the biggest errors are mistakes that a third-round rookie like Kessler would be chided over. Down in the shadow of his own goal line, McCown spun away from pressure only to hold the ball for long enough that it caught him up again and forced a fumble.