NFL Team of the Week: Week 3 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.

NFL Players of the Week at Every Offensive Position

Quarterback – Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens

Jackson has been nothing short of a game changer through three weeks. In a tour-de-force in Foxboro, Jackson totaled 300 yards and tacked on five touchdowns including four through the air. Jackson now has back-to-back weeks with 100 rushing yards and three passing touchdowns. Jackson is likely the league MVP through three weeks, and he might be playing the best football of his career. Jalen Hurts had another excellent week, but Jackson gets the nod here.

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Running Back – Khalil Herbert, Chicago Bears

Herbert led the week in rushing, accumulating 157 yards on 20 carries for an efficient 7.85 yards per carry. Herbert had 132 yards after contact (6.6 yards per attempt), also leading the week. He broke seven tackles and had six 10-yard runs. Herbert found the endzone twice during the Bears’ 23-20 victory over the Houston Texans. No other player gained as many first downs as Herbert’s eight on the ground.

Wide Receiver – DeVonta Smith, Philadelphia Eagles

Most of Smith’s production came in an explosive second quarter. All told, he turned 12 targets into eight catches for 169 yards and a touchdown just before the half. Smith earned a 91.9 receiving grade, the best among players who were targeted at least three times. Smith caught two of his five contested targets, and he forced a missed tackle. He tied with Marquise Brown for most first downs, adding seven to the mix.

Wide Receiver – Mack Hollins, Las Vegas Raiders

Hollins scored a clutch touchdown for the Raiders even as they ended in defeat. Hollins caught eight of nine targets for 158 yards and the aforementioned touchdown. He even completed a pass, the only non-quarterback to complete one this week. Hollins caught two of three contested targets and forced one missed tackle. Derek Carr had a 155.8 passer rating when targeting Hollins. Hollins had the second-longest pass play of the day, a 60-yard effort to flip the field for the Raiders.

Tight End – Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens

The tight end position was a three-horse race in Week 3. David Njoku opened the week with a stunning nine-catch, 89-yard, one-touchdown effort in a Thursday night win. Kyle Pitts caught five of eight targets for 87 yards and a 91.1 PFF grade. However, Andrews gets his second Offensive Team of the Week nod in a row. He hauled in eight passes for 89 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns. He earned an 88.7 receiving grade and was two-for-two on contested opportunities. He is well on his way to a second consecutive All-Pro bid.

FLEX – Cordarrelle Patterson, Atlanta Falcons

Patterson had an electric performance, turning 17 carries into 141 yards. He also caught one pass for 12 yards. Patterson rushed for a touchdown, and his 81.2 rushing grade was among the best of the week. Patterson had four explosive runs including a 40-yard scamper. He forced two missed tackles while running for five first downs in the Falcons’ victory.

Left Tackle – Christian Darrisaw, Minnesota Vikings

It took a while for offensive lines across the league to find a rhythm, but Darrisaw had a star performance in Week 3. On 47 pass-blocking snaps, Darrisaw did not allow a pressure. He was tied for second on the week in pass-blocking grade regardless of position with a stellar 88.4 mark. Darrisaw also impressed as a run blocker, earning an 86.7 mark, a top five across all linemen.

Left Guard – Cody Whitehair, Chicago Bears

Whitehair gets the unfortunate task of blocking for Justin Fields. However, he played at an elite level, earning an 85.3 overall PFF grade. His 66.6 pass-blocking grade does not show the full story from an ugly game in Chicago, but Whitehair was one of the best run blockers of the week. All told, Whitehair allowed one pressure and earned an 82.8 run-blocking grade.

Center – Mason Cole, Pittsburgh Steelers

Cole had a clean game as the pivot for the Steelers. He did not allow pressure on 37 pass-blocking reps en route to an 83.8 pass-blocking grade. In the run game, Cole posted a 76.8 grade, one of a handful of linemen who were efficient both moving forward and backward. All around, Cole earned a 79.3 grade which topped all centers.

Right Guard – Robert Hunt, Miami Dolphins

Hunt was PFF’s top-graded lineman, earning a 94.3 mark. He was particularly dominant as a run blocker, paving the way on the ground for the Dolphins with a 93.3 run-blocking grade. He was not asked to pass protect much (24 reps), but he did not allow a pressure en route to a 71.9 pass-blocking grade.

Right Tackle – Lane Johnson, Philadelphia Eagles

The legendary right tackle had another masterpiece of a game. He was second to Hunt in both overall grade and run-blocking grade, establishing the ground game for the Eagles. In pass protection, Johnson was equally capable. Johnson led right tackles with an 85.7 pass-blocking grade, allowing zero pressures on 43 reps. Johnson joined Darrisaw as the only linemen to earn an 85.0 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.