PFT Week 12 2022 NFL Awards

By | November 30, 2022

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A dozen weeks are in the books. It’s time to recognize those who made the biggest impact on the game during Week 12.

These are the weekly PFT prizes. One winner for each of the five categories, with many finalists who at least deserve to be named.

All winners and finalists appear below. Feel free to provide feedback in the comments.

Offensive Player of the Week: Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts.

On Sunday night against the Packers, Hurts became just the fourth player to accomplish a very specific feat.

In the same game, 150 yards passing and 150 yards rushing.

Hurts became a short-list MVP candidate for his skills and leadership, helping to propel his team to 10-1. He’s become a much better passer, but his running combines the raw athletic ability of Lamar Jackson and Justin Fields with Patrick Mahomes’ incredible ability to understand how his body moves in space in relation to players trying to tackle him.

Hurts helped lift the Eagles to 336 rushing yards against Green Bay and keep them ahead of the Cowboys for the division title and the Vikings for first place.

Other finalists: Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (303 yards from scrimmage), Jets quarterback Mike White (315 passing yards, three touchdowns), Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson (nine receptions, 139 yards, touchdown), Jaguars receiver Zay Jones (11 receptions, 145 yards, two-point conversion), Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (321 passing yards, three touchdowns), Bengals receiver Tee Higgins (seven receptions, 114 yards, one touchdown), Panthers receiver DJ Moore ( four receptions, 103 yards, touchdown), Browns running back Nick Chubb (116 rushing yards, touchdown).

Defensive Player of the Week: 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa.

His stat line doesn’t scream dominance — one sack, one tackle for loss, two quarterback hits. But the 49ers pitched a shutout Sunday against the Saints, and Bosa was the most important part of the defensive effort that gave it away.

Ultimately, Bosa’s firing came with the 49ers up 13-0 and the Saints facing fourth and goal of four.

Enter Bosa. Get out of Santos. And for the fourth straight game, the 49ers didn’t give up a point in the second half. In this, they also did not give up any points in the first half.

Other finalists: Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (1.5 sacks, one tackle for loss, three hits at quarterback), Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (two sacks, two tackles for loss, two hits at halfback), Browns defensive lineman Bengals Sam Hubbard (one sack, two tackles for loss, two hits at halfback), Bills defensive tackle Ed Oliver (one sack, two tackles for loss, two hits at halfback), Panthers linebacker Brian Burns (two sacks, one tackle for loss, three quarterbacks), Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby (1.5 sacks, one tackle for loss, six quarterbacks).

Rookie of the week: Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett.

Kenny Pickett is ready for prime time. And continue to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.

The numbers were not eye-popping. He completed 20 of 28 passes for 174 yards against the Colts. But he looks like the role, making shots when they need to be made – and running when running is the only option. He gained 30 yards on the ground against Indy.

Your best pitch of the night, matching lateral mobility and accuracy of needle threadingsecured a two-point conversion and a seven-point lead.

Every rep he gets this year will set him up for next year. And while it may be too late to get back into the 2022 playoff race, it’s never too early to get started in 2023. The Steelers and Pickett are doing just that.

Other finalists: Jets receiver Garrett Wilson (five catches, 95 yards, two touchdowns), Jets running back Zonovan Knight (103 yards from scrimmage), Titans receiver Treylon Burks, Commanders running back Brian Robinson (125 yards from scrimmage, touchdown).

Coach of the week: Bengals head coach Zac Taylor.

The Bengals managed to stay under the radar for most of the season. After beating the Titans in Tennessee, they are visibly looming in the center of the screen.

Taylor’s team beat the Titans in a big way by shutting down running back Derrick Henry. Forward Sam Hubbard (one of the finalists for Defensive Player of the Week) told the PFT by phone after the game that the goal was to get to Henry quickly, as he leads the league in yards after contact.

“We really put an emphasis on tackling them well and swarming them,” said Hubbard. “It will take more than one to take him down.”

Henry landed a long gain on a screen pass. “We said, ‘That’s it, no more big plays,’” Hubbard said. “We did a good job in the rallies after that.”

Hubbard also echoed a message Taylor had for the locker room after the game. Even though other AFC teams might get the hype, the Bengals cannot be ignored.

“Everyone has to play with us,” said Hubbard. “Whatever someone says about other people, ultimately they can interpret us. That is our mindset.”

It’s a lot like the mindset of 2021. And that mindset got them to the Super Bowl.

Other finalists: Jets coach Robert Saleh, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell, Jaguars coach Doug Pederson.

Play of the Week: Raiders Chasing Josh Jacobs 86 yard touchdown run in overtime.

Nearly 35 years after Raiders running back Bo Jackson ran 91 yards for a Seattle touchdown and disappeared into the old Kingdome tunnel, Jacobs had a franchise-record 86-yard overtime run. 303 yards from scrimmage.

As Jacobs told Peter King on Football Morning in America, Jacobs (who found a lot of general motivation being on a contract year, thanks to the new regime not picking up his fifth-year option) got specific motivation from a Seahawks fan who had a sign that said, “3-7. NOTHING BAD FOR A TEAM WITHOUT TALENT.”

“He was yelling at us, all these bad things,” said Jacobs. “I just looked at him and said, ‘Thanks for this. I needed this today. You woke me up.’”

And, in one play, Jacobs wiped out the Seahawks.

Other finalists: Titans wide receiver Treylon Burks 51 yard catchit’s him end zone fumble recovery for a touchdown, Jets receiver Garrett Wilson 54-yard touchdown receptionCommanders Cornerback Kendall Fuller game save interception🇧🇷 two-point conversion by Jaguars to victory, two-point conversion by the Chargers for the win, Vikings defensive end Kene Nwangwu 97 yard return for a touchdownBrowns quarterback Jacoby Brissett touchdown throw that tied the game to tight end David Njoku on fourth and 10.

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