NFL Team of Week: Week 1 Offense

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With the usual Week 1 shenanigans sabotaging some of the league’s best players, let’s take a look at 11 players who had excellent weeks en route to the team of the week on offense. The team of the week will be based on the All-Pro team with one quarterback, one running back, two wide receivers, one tight end, one FLEX, and one for each spot along the offensive line. Let’s begin.

Quarterback – Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

Mahomes and the Chiefs cruised to a 23-point road win in Glendale. Mahomes led the week in both passing yards and passing touchdowns, posting 360 yards and five touchdowns. He had zero interceptions, and his 144.2 rating was the third best of his career. He now has six games with five passing touchdowns in his regular-season career.

Running Back – Saquon Barkley, New York Giants

Welcome back. Barkley torched the Tennessee Titans to the tune of 194 scrimmage yards and a touchdown. He also tacked on a game-winning two-point conversion in the dying moments. Barkley averaged 9.11 yards, a figure aided by a 68-yard run. However, even without that run, Barkley had 96 rushing yards on 17 carries. Performances like this are why Barkley has so many die-hard fans.

Wide Receiver – Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings

Jefferson is so good at football that the Green Bay Packers forgot that he was a top-tier wide receiver. At one point in the second half, the Packers sent Preston Smith, an edge rusher, to guard Jefferson in the slot. Jefferson turned this miscue into another catch in his nine-catch, 184-yard, two-touchdown effort. Jefferson has fully acclimated to a new offense, and he should lay waste to the NFL.

Wide Receiver – Davante Adams, Las Vegas Raiders

Even in a loss, Adams played to his usual level. He hauled in 10 passes for 141 yards, and he scored his first touchdowns in the silver and black. Adams had a league-high 17 targets, willing the Raiders back before Derek Carr opened a bakery with his turnovers. Adams had the best day by a Raiders receiver since Nelson Agholor in 2020.

Tight End – Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

There are three certainties in life: death, taxes, and Kelce getting open. The soon-to-be 33-year-old caught eight passes for 121 yards and a touchdown. It was Kelce’s 30th regular-season game with at least 100 yards. Kelce continues to generate massive amounts of separation and yards after the catch even as he ages. Kelce should be well on his way to a fourth All-Pro selection.

FLEX – A.J. Brown, Philadelphia Eagles

It took Brown one game with the Eagles to tie his career-best in receiving yards. He turned 10 catches into 155 yards, fueling the Eagles to a three-point win in Detroit. Brown converted seven first downs including a trio of third downs. He sprinkled in a 54-yard splash play at the end of the first half to put the Eagles in field goal range. Brown is a game-changer.

Left Tackle – Rashawn Slater, Los Angeles Chargers

Week 1 was far from the strongest week offensive linemen have had, but Slater registered a good game. Slater earned a 79.0 overall grade across 67 offensive snaps. As a run-blocker, Slater posted an 80.0 grade, right in line with his 2021 grade. In pass protection, Slater allowed one hit across 35 pass-blocking reps. Slater earned a 71.9 pass-blocking grade and was not flagged.

Left Guard – Joe Thuney, Kansas City Chiefs

Thuney had a stereotypical Thuney game. He was one of the league’s best pass protectors, allowing zero pressures on 44 pass-blocking snaps. He held his own as a run-blocker en route to a 72.7 grade. Overall, Thuney earned a 79.0 offensive grade on 70 snaps. He had a healthy 84.8 pass-blocking grade.

Center – Connor Williams, Miami Dolphins

Williams’ debut at center was nothing short of exceptional. Williams led all centers in overall PFF grade and run-blocking grade. As a pass protector, he surrendered one pressure – a hurry – and posted a respectable 65.4 pass-blocking grade. Williams entered the season as a prime breakout candidate, and he made an excellent first impression.

Right Guard – Wyatt Teller, Cleveland Browns

Among offensive linemen with at least 20 snaps played, Teller led the way with an overall 85.9 grade. He was the only lineman with a top-15 grade in both facets, and he was one of two linemen with an 80.0 grade in both facets (Quenton Nelson). Teller allowed zero pressures on 43 pass-blocking snaps, and he paved the way for a huge Nick Chubb game.

Right Tackle – Andrew Wylie, Kansas City Chiefs

Right tackle was the most competitive spot. Brian O’Neill had a dominant game as a run blocker, but he allowed three pressures and a pair of hits. Similarly, Penei Sewell was excellent as a run blocker but allowed a sack. Wylie gets the nod over O’Neill, Sewell, and the usual suspects (Tristan Wirfs and Ryan Ramczyk) because of his well-rounded profile. Wylie earned a 73.0 or better grade in both facets.

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Ryan Potts is an avid football and baseball fan. He covers the NFL and Major League Baseball, focusing on the Baltimore Ravens and Atlanta Braves.

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