NFL Team of the Week: Week 4 Defense

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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 defense. The team of the week will be based on the All-Pro team with two interior defenders, two edge defenders, two linebackers, two cornerbacks, two safeties, and one flex spot. Let’s look at who made the Defensive NFL Team of the Week for Week 4!

Interior Defender – Dexter Lawrence, New York Giants

Lawrence registered eight pressures, the most of any interior player. He posted an excellent 93.8 pass-rush grade, consistently disrupting Justin Fields. Lawrence was the highest-graded interior player with a 92.7 overall grade. He had three defensive stops, and he earned reasonable grades as a run defender (71.0) and as a tackler (72.1). Lawrence has helped the Giants to an electric 3-1 start.

Interior Defender – Justin Madubuike, Baltimore Ravens

Even when Madubuike did not pressure Josh Allen, he was making his presence known by batting passes. He had several quick wins, leading to a pair of pressures, and he was one of four players with multiple batted passes in Week 4. Madubuike made the Week 1 Team of the Week, and he has been a top-tier player so far for the Ravens this season.

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Edge Defender – Nick Bosa, San Francisco 49ers

Bosa ascended to a higher plane on Monday Night Football. On 45 pass-rush reps, Bosa generated an absurd 14 pressures. He won on 36.4% of his reps, the highest by any player with 10 pass-rush snaps. He finished two sacks and added three more hits for good measure. Bosa had a mammoth 90.1 pass-rush grade with an overall defensive grade of 91.6. Unsurprisingly, the younger-Bosa in making the Defensive NFL Team of the Week his new home.

Edge Defender – Haason Reddick, Philadelphia Eagles

While writing this blurb, Reddick forced another fumble. He had two in Week 4, his second and third of the season. He only had three pressures on 22 reps, but he made them count with two sacks and a hurry. Reddick had a 94.1 pass-rushing grade and an elite 93.5 overall grade. He has settled in nicely for the undefeated Eagles in the last few weeks.

Linebacker – Frankie Luvu, Carolina Panthers

Luvu was Week 4’s only linebacker to record an interception. He did one better by returning it for a touchdown. Luvu tacked on two pressures on eight pass-rush reps, but he shined in coverage. He allowed a 68.1 passer rating and earned an 87.8 grade in coverage. Luvu now has three weeks in a row with a 72.0 or better overall defensive grade.

Linebacker – Dre Greenlaw, San Francisco 49ers

Once again, Greenlaw flashed as an electric linebacker in the middle of the San Francisco defense. He had a tremendous all-around day, earning a 70.0 or better grade in all four facets of linebacker play. He was sturdy against the run and secure in his tackling. In three pass-rush snaps, Greenlaw pressured Matthew Stafford all three times, sacking him once. In coverage, Greenlaw earned a solid 72.2 mark.

Cornerback – Tariq Woolen, Seattle Seahawks

Woolen did not have the cleanest game (three penalties), but he did victimize Jared Goff for a pick-six. Woolen now has two picks in as many weeks, and he has shown steady growth through four weeks. In Week 4, he had a solid 69.5 overall grade with good performances as a run defender and tackler. He had a 68.0 grade when in coverage.

Cornerback – Jack Jones, New England Patriots

Aaron Rodgers has thrown 3,856 passes at Lambeau Field in his NFL career. Before Sunday, just one turned into a pick-six for the defense. Jones doubled that tally after breaking on a route perfectly and scampering down the sideline. The rookie corner earned an elite 93.5 overall defensive grade bolstered by a 94.9 coverage grade. For good measure, he also added a forced fumble.

Safety – Andre Cisco, Jacksonville Jaguars

On a weird day when a lot went wrong for the Jaguars, Cisco gave them an early lead with a pick-six of Jalen Hurts. Cisco was not directly targeted during the game, and he earned a season-best 74.7 coverage grade. He did miss a tackle, but his ability on the back end helped the Jaguars stay within striking distance.

Safety – Talanoa Hufanga, San Francisco 49ers

Hufanga has been one of the breakout stars of the season so far, and he had his brightest moment with a Monday Night Football pick-six. Hufanga earned a 76.0 or higher PFF coverage grade for the third time in four weeks, allowing a 24.0 passer rating when in coverage. So far, Hufanga has allowed a 7.7 rating and has a seasonal grade of 84.6.

FLEX – Rashan Gary, Green Bay Packers

Gary continued his excellent start to the 2022 season with a five-pressure performance in Week 4. He has at least three pressures and a sack in each game. Gary forced a fumble en route to a massive 93.4 overall PFF grade with a 92.0 pass-rushing grade. He also had his best work as a run defender on the season, earning an 81.7 grade.

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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.