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PFF grades - Week 12

1. From this point on, the first column represents the scores for this week. Previous weeks will come next.

2. I will provide the ‘seasonal’ score for weeks 1-10 to help determine if a player is improving or not as the season progresses.

3. As usual, there will be the total seasonal score (for this week that is for weeks 1-11) alongside their positional rank at the end.

4. On a weekly basis I only provide the total grade for each player who plays a total of 10 snaps or more (so if a particular player isn’t there, then he didn’t reach the 10 snap threshold). I’m happy to add extra detail if anyone wishes – just comment below.

The info on how PFF calculates their grades is included here - https://www.pff.com/grades#:~:text=THE%20GRADING%20SCALE,but%20those%20are%20the%20basics

Obviously, this is an attempt to make add objectivity to what is a subjective analysis. However, it is always worth remembering that despite this, it is still a human being with all his/her inherent biases making the judgement.

PFF tend to colour code their player grades and I’ve added those to the charts below. The colour coding works roughly as shown below. It is slightly confused for week by week games as PFF use shades, so I’ve add my own number for a cleaner definition (although am adding my own bias a little bit). Have now included the average PFF score for each player so far this season along with positional rank – this only includes players with a minimum number of snaps so not every one is included.

Player Grade

Elite (Blue Chip) >80

High Quality 72-80

Above Average 65-72

Average 57-65

Below Average 50-57

Poor <50

Since QB is such an important position, I’ll add one extra chart at the end which includes the QB PFF grade and the QBR. Both rate QB play on a play by play basis. PFF has some subjectivity, QBR is largely an objective analysis.

Finally, I’ll add a few thoughts at the end.

PFF grades – Week 12:

Offense:

Week

12

11

1-10

Seasonal grade

Positional rank

QB

Dak Prescott

97

82.4

87.6

92.1

1/37

QB

Cooper Rush

N/A

67.5

53.1

N/A

RB

Tony Pollard

61

72

66.9

68.3

38/60

RB

Rico Dowdle

63.1

55.9

74.4

71.9

24/60

RB

Deuce Vaughn

N/A

N/A

45.7

N/A

RB

Hunter Luepke

N/A

N/A

2/9

58.5

2/9

WR

CeeDee Lamb

68.7

64.4

90.7

90.3

4/107

WR

Brandin Cooks

N/A

56.3

69.5

70.7

47/107

WR

Michael Gallup

71.1

75.9

58.3

62.7

70/107

WR

Jalen Tolbert

N/A

46.8

59.6

58.8

83/107

WR

Kavonte Turpin

N/A

70.2

72.5

N/A

WR

Jalen Brooks

61

50

73.9

N/A

TE

Jake Ferguson

63.8

64.4

71.9

71.4

9/40

TE

Peyton Hendershot

N/A

N/A

41

N/A

TE

Luke Schoonmaker

58

89.2

38.6

N/A

TE

Sean McKeon

80.7

35.4

58

N/A

LT

Tyron Smith

86.1

85.4

81.7

88.3

2/83

LG

Chuma Edoga

N/A

64.6

61.3

61.9

52/85

LG

T.J. Bass

N/A

52.7

49.7

49

71/85

LG

Tyler Smith

76.2

78.5

74.2

76.6

6/85

C

Tyler Biadisz

72.6

63.6

60.7

63.8

18/41

C

Brock Hoffman

N/A

58.6

61.3

55.2

31/41

RG

Zack Martin

59.7

54.6

74.2

70.9

13/84

RT

Terence Steele

70.9

60.8

45.4

50.7

73/83

RT

Asim Richards

N/A

N/A

66.4

N/A

Defence:

Week

12

11

1-10

Seasonal grade

Positional rank

DE

Micah Parsons

85

94.5

90.5

92

4/116

DE

DeMarcus Lawrence

38

88.7

90.9

90.1

7/116

DE

Dorance Armstrong

80.7

68.4

73.3

76.6

27/116

DE

Dante Fowler Jr

49

50

73.1

67

56/116

DE

Sam Williams

59.8

59

69.9

67.9

53/116

DE

Tyrus Wheat

N/A

N/A

41.7

N/A

62

DT

Mazi Smith

49.6

71.6

51

52.7

96/132

DT

Osa Odighizuwa

88.3

62

82.4

85.3

6/132

DT

Jonathan Hankins

51.2

30.5

50.2

42.1

121/132

DT

Chauncey Golston

63.9

62.4

61.8

62.6

59/132

DT

Neville Gallimore

48.1

77.6

55.1

56.5

83/132

64.7

LB

Leighton Vander Esch

N/A

N/A

65.5

65.5

52/87

LB

Damone Clark

63

80.4

66.9

70

36/87

LB

Markquese Bell

71.7

64.7

86.4

84.6

9/87

LB

Rashaan Evans

71

N/A

67.1

N/A

N/A

CB

Stephon Gilmore

73.7

61.9

69.2

71.6

27/127

CB

Trevon Diggs

N/A

N/A

80.7

N/A

CB

DaRon Bland

78.8

91.6

89.4

91.5

1/127

CB

CJ Goodwin

N/A

N/A

69.2

N/A

CB

Jourdan Lewis

47.9

64.5

49.4

49.2

114/127

CB

Noah Igbinoghene

N/A

N/A

31.9

N/A

CB

Nahshon Wright

N/A

N/A

40.8

N/A

N/A

S

Jayron Kearse

N/A

65.5

54.3

55.6

78/93

S

Malik Hooker

65.6

69.6

75.6

76.8

12/93

S

Donovan Wilson

70.2

75.1

52.5

60.1

60/93

S

Juanyeh Thomas

81.8

N/A

86.7

N/A

S

Israel Mukuamu

N/A

N/A

73.1

N/A

QB:

Week

12

11

1-10

Seasonal grade

Positional rank

QB (PFF)

Dak Prescott

97

82.4

87.6

92.1

1/38

QB (QBR)

Dak Prescott

87

82.9

72.7

75.4

2/37

Thoughts:

Let’s start with the big one. A 97 grade for Dak Prescott. I’m not sure many of us would have seen that coming after the first couple of deep throws. This is a legendary grade. Would be up there in the top 50 of PFF grades in any position in any game ever. That is how good the grade was. His seasonal grade is also now threatening some of the best ever. Obviously, tougher tests are coming and I have no idea if he can maintain this form, but this is top end QB play we are seeing at the moment!

Outside of that, the players that stood out to me live were Osa and Micah – both of whom were rewarded with high grades. Both were incredibly disruptive and a real problem for the Commanders.

Tyron Smith is stacking excellent games on top of excellent games. Literally crossing everything for Tron to stay fit.

Outside of these players, there was a lot of very solid for the Cowboys. Juanyeh Thomas and Dorance Armstrong scored high grades on about half the snaps. Both outside CBs got good grades, and I was shouting about as loud as I have shouted during a game this year when Bland snagged that pick. Was surprisingly stressed when it looked like he might get tackled! Donovan Wilson is beginning to return to form which is well timed -which I think is showing up on tape.

On the offensive side of the ball – Martin was the surprising weak link in the line with everyone else scoring pretty well. Probably need to add the caveat that this is the weakest set of DEs the Cowboys will play all year. Cooks continues to get better and better – but in terms of the WRs it feels like PFF was giving Dak the credit for the throws rather than the WRs for routes and YAC.

The true weak links this week. Demarcus Lawrence with his worst grade for a while. Missing tackles counts for a lot in PFF. The DTs were once again poorly graded by PFF – even two sacks from Hankins didn’t raise his grade that much. I guess they felt he walked into them a bit. I thought Lewis looked a little better this week, but his PFF grade was once again a bit poor.

As I mentioned last week, if you’re looking at the money positions, we have the No1 ranked QB, the No 4 ranked WR, the No2 ranked LT, the No4 ranked pass rusher and the No1 ranked CB. Pretty good being a Cowboys fan at the moment!

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