NFL 2019: PAT on the Back (Week 16)

Russell S. Baxter

NFL 2019: PAT on the Back (Week 16)

By Julie Voigt and Russell S. Baxter

PFG VIBE

Welcome to the conclusion of the 16th week of the NFL’s 100th season and the latest collaboration by Julie Voigt and Russell S. Baxter aka PFG VIBE. That’s Voigt’s Insights Baxter’s Expertise and we consistently bring our passion in covering the National Football League.

So here’s our latest work and the latest installment of our newest weekly staple. Both of us have once again made our picks for the top offensive and defensive players each week, as well as the top performance by a team.

Player and Team. PAT…on the Back.

Here are our Week 16 selections.

Offensive Player of the Week:

VI: RB Saquon Barkley, New York Giants

Seems like Sunday was a day for setting records. Barkley amassed a franchise-best 279 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns with a career-high 189 yards rushing as well as 90 yards receiving. He broke the previous team record of 276 yards held by Tiki Barber.

BE: QB Daniel Jones, New York Giants

For the second time this season, Pat Shurmur’s club has won two straight games. The Giants needed an extra quarter to complete a sweep of the rival Redskins and their rookie quarterback came up big. Jones connected on 28-of-42 throws for 352 yards and five touchdowns in the 41-35 overtime victory. And Shurmur’s team did not commit a turnover in the six-point win.

Defensive/Special Teams Player of the Week:

VI: PR Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts

In a 38-6 win over the visiting Carolina Panthers, Hines finished with not only one but two punt return touchdowns (84 and 71 yards) and set a franchise record with 195 punt return yards in a game. Frank Reich’s club ended a four-game losing streak with a resounding victory.

BE: OLB Chandler Jones, Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals came up with one of the bigger upsets of the season in knocking off the Seahawks in the Pacific Northwest. Arizona’s defense came up with five sacks of Russell Wilson, limited Pete Carroll’s club to 224 total yards and allowed only 13 points – the fewest by the team in any games this season. Jones was relentless, totaling six tackles, four sacks and a pair of forced fumbles in the 27-13 surprise.

Team of the Week

VI: Green Bay Packers

On Monday night at Minnesota against the rival Vikings, the Packers clinched their first NFC North title since 2016 and stayed in the running for the number-one playoff seed in the NFC. Despite a missed PAT (no pun intended) by Mason Crosby and three turnovers, Matt LaFleur’s team came away with a 23-10 triumph.

BE: Philadelphia Eagles

There has been a lot of ugly football coming out of the NFC East this season and that includes Doug Pederson’s club. But the Eagles have scratched out three straight wins, all vs. their divisional rivals, and the latest was a 17-9 triumph over the Dallas Cowboys. The Birds can win a division title on Sunday if they can knock off the Giants for the second time in four weeks.

Julie Voigt (@JulieNoted_PFG) and Russell S. Baxter (@BaxFootballGuru) are the co-founders of @pfgVIBE. Julie is also an NFL feature writer for SI Pro Football Guru, while Russell writes for FanSided, NFL Spin Zone and Elite Sports NY.

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