NFL Team of the Week: Week 2 Offense

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Teams and players around the league are beginning to settle into the season, so 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 – Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins

Tagovailoa led a heart-stopping, 21-point, fourth-quarter comeback in Baltimore in one of the most spectacular offensive showings one can find. After two early interceptions, Tagovailoa answered to the tune of six passing touchdowns and over 450 passing yards. Tagovailoa led four straight steely touchdown drives in the fourth quarter, reversing a 35-14 deficit into a 42-38 win. Tagovailoa was one of the highest-graded passers of the week, and he finished second in QBR behind Trevor Lawrence. Kudos to Lamar Jackson for his 400-yard and four-touchdown masterclass on the opposite sideline in Baltimore.

Running Back – Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers

After a weak showing in both the early window and the afternoon window, it was looking like the running back spot could be removed in favor of a fourth receiver spot. However, Jones ripped off a massive game on Sunday night to save that trouble. Jones scored twice in a rout of the Chicago Bears. Jones led the NFL in rushing yards and tacked on 38 receiving yards including a touchdown.

Wide Receiver – Tyreek Hill, Miami Dolphins

After a relatively quiet debut (to his standards), Hill went ballistic in the fourth quarter against the Ravens. He finished with 190 yards on 11 catches, scoring two long touchdowns in the Dolphins’ comeback victory. He averaged 14.62 yards per target in one of the best performances any receiver will have all season. He forced five missed tackles en route to an electric 84.7 receiving grade.

Wide Receiver – Jaylen Waddle, Miami Dolphins

Joining his fellow receiver and his quarterback, Waddle had a showcase performance in Baltimore. Targeted 19 times, Waddle caught 11 passes for 171 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The second touchdown iced the game for the Dolphins with seconds left. Despite dropping three passes, Waddle earned a 76.8 receiving grade. He nabbed two contested catches in five tries and forced one missed tackle.

Tight End – Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens

Andrews flashed his All-Pro form, catching nine passes for 104 yards and a touchdown. He contributed to six first downs, hauling in two contested catches and forcing one missed tackle. His best play of the day was a 25-yard catch on a seam route before being tackled at the one. One play later, Andrews caught an easy touchdown to extend Baltimore’s lead.

FLEX – Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills

After Amon-Ra St. Brown had about 25 hours as a shoo-in for this spot, Diggs pieced together a dominant game in Buffalo’s smackdown of the Tennessee Titans. Diggs caught 12 of 13 targets, racking up 148 yards and three touchdowns. He spent most of the game running free from coverage, usually deep down the field. Diggs forced two missed tackles, and Josh Allen had a 153.7 passer rating when targeting the former All-Pro. Diggs earned a 90.9 receiving grade for his efforts.

Left Tackle – Taylor Decker, Detroit Lions

After a below-average Week 1, Decker replied with a strong performance against a tough Washington Commanders’ front. Decker earned a 78.2 grade for his run-blocking and an 81.9 grade for his pass-blocking. On 37 pass-blocking reps, Decker allowed just one pressure. Decker was in the top 20 among all offensive linemen in both run-blocking grade and pass-blocking grade. Andrew Thomas was a tough exclusion, but he allowed three pressures.

Left Guard – Joel Bitonio, Cleveland Browns

Like Decker, Bitonio had a big bounce-back week. He was the highest-graded interior offensive lineman, earning an overall 82.3 grade. In run-blocking, Bitonio posted a 77.2 grade while he earned an 81.3 pass-blocking grade. On 33 pass-blocking snaps, Bitonio allowed one pressure, a hurry. Bitonio was the only interior offensive lineman to earn a 75.0 or better grade in both facets.

Center – Erik McCoy, New Orleans Saints

This week, there was a three-horse race for the center spot. Creed Humphrey and Jason Kelce were moderately better run blockers, but McCoy earns the nod after a well-rounded performance. On 49 pass-blocking snaps, McCoy allowed zero pressures en route to an 86.5 pass-blocking grade. He also had a strong 77.1 grade as a run blocker.

Right Guard – Austin Corbett, Carolina Panthers

Corbett was one of eight offensive linemen to earn an 80.0 grade and just one of two guards (Bitonio). He had an excellent day as a pass protector, allowing one pressure on 40 pass-blocking reps. His 84.9 pass-blocking grade was tied for sixth among all offensive linemen and the best among right guards. He was no slouch as a run blocker, posting a 73.7 grade.

Right Tackle – Terence Steele, Dallas Cowboys

Chukwuma Okorafor and Cameron Fleming have deserving cases, but Steele had the most on the line. In the offseason, the Cowboys decided to keep Steele instead of paying La’el Collins. With Collins returning to town, Steele posted an excellent performance while Collins played the role of a turnstile. Steele allowed just one pressure on 36 reps (compared to Collins’ five pressures and one sack). At least for one day, the Cowboys look like geniuses.

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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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