NFL Team of the Week: Week 4 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 NFL 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 look at the NFL Team of the Week for Week 4!

Quarterback – Geno Smith, Seattle Seahawks

Smith makes his debut in the NFL Team of the Week as he had one of the best games of his NFL career. He completed 23 of 30 passes for 320 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He had a robust 132.6 passer rating, avoiding an interception. Smith tacked on 49 rushing yards with a rushing touchdown on a quarterback draw. Smith led all passers in both PFF offensive grade and passing grade. It took years, but Smith is living up to his draft pedigree.

Running Back – Rashaad Penny, Seattle Seahawks

Staying in the Pacific Northwest, Penny rode a massive fourth quarter to hijack the running back spot. He led all backs with 151 rushing yards. He also caught a six-yard pass. Penny gained 77 yards on two rushing touchdowns in the final 15:33 of game time, extending the Seahawks’ lead to two scores both times. Penny forced five missed tackles and broke four 10-yard runs.

Wide Receiver – Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

In a bit of a down week at the wide receiver position, Evans was only one of three receivers to have 100 yards and a touchdown. Evans caught eight of 10 targets for 103 yards and two touchdowns. He led all pass catchers with three contested catches, and he forced one missed tackle. He was one of three wide receivers to contribute to six first downs. Tom Brady had a 149.2 rating when targeting the Pro Bowler.

Wide Receiver – Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals

Higgins only finished with 124 receiving yards, fourth among wide receivers, but he scored, and he had the highest PFF receiving grade of the group. Higgins caught seven of nine targets for 17.7 yards per catch. Among wide receivers, only Deebo Samuel had more yards after the catch than Higgins. Higgins caught his only contested target, and he forced two missed tackles.

Tight End – T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions

Mo Alie-Cox had a great week, but Hockenson more than doubled his yards on just two more catches. Hockenson led all players with 179 yards and two touchdowns. He had a massive 91.9 PFF receiving grade, gaining 109 yards after the catch. He had the longest catch of the week (81 yards) and caught two contested catches. Hockenson helped the Lions gain seven first downs.

FLEX – Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers

After not finding the end zone for the first three weeks, Ekeler made up for the lost time by scoring three times against the Houston Texans. He rushed 13 times for 60 yards including a pair of touchdowns. On seven targets, Ekeler caught six passes for 49 yards and the third touchdown. He posted a solid 67.0 overall offensive grade.

Left Tackle – Andrew Thomas, New York Giants

Thomas had another dominant week with the Giants. The leader in the clubhouse for the All-Pro nod, Thomas was one of two offensive linemen to earn an 80.0 or better grade in both pass protection and run blocking. Thomas did not allow a pressure on 26 pass-blocking reps en route to an 88.5 grade. All told, Thomas had an 87.0 mark, the third best of the week.

Left Guard – Joe Thuney, Kansas City Chiefs

Left guard was the most hotly contested position of the week. Joel Bitonio and Aaron Brewer had a well-rounded week. Landon Dickerson and Jon Runyan dominated as pass blockers. However, the nod here goes to Thuney. On 44 pass-blocking reps, he allowed zero pressure and earned an 83.9 pass-blocking grade. Through four weeks, Thuney would likely be the All-Pro left guard.

Center – Ben Jones, Tennessee Titans

Jones had an excellent week against a tough Indianapolis interior. He earned a 75.5 overall grade, second among centers. While Creed Humphrey edged Jones out grade-wise, Jones was flawless in pass protection – allowing zero pressures – while Humphrey allowed two pressures. Jones had a 77.5 pass-blocking grade and a 73.8 run-blocking grade in a rock-solid performance.

Right Guard – Chris Lindstrom, Atlanta Falcons

Lindstrom earned the highest grade regardless of position in Week 4. He had a jaw-dropping 97.1 overall grade with the help of a 94.0 run-blocking grade. No matter who the Falcons put in the backfield, they had an effective day when they ran behind Lindstrom. Lindstrom rounded out his day with a good pass-blocking grade, allowing one hurry en route to a 76.0 mark.

Right Tackle – Kaleb McGary, Atlanta Falcons

McGary had a monster week in the Falcons’ win over the Browns. He was the highest-graded tackle, earning an 89.5 grade. He had a dominant run-blocking week, joining Lindstrom as the only players to crack a 90.0 mark. He was one of 30 offensive linemen with an 80.0 pass-blocking grade, but he was one of two to also have an 80.0 run-blocking grade (Thomas).

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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.