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Henry Anderson • DE • New York Jets • Fourth season • @HenryAnderson91

Anderson registered a season-high five quarterback pressures in the New York Jets' 27-23 win at Buffalo, including one half sack and four hurries. He finished with four tackles and one blocked field goal, his second week in a row blocking a kick, while appearing on 63 percent of defensive snaps. His 77.8 grade from Pro Football Focus was his second-highest of the season – he has registered a grade of at least 75.8 in four of the last five weeks. On the season, Anderson's 76.0 grade ranks 29th while his 32 total pressures ranks 20th out of 168 NFL defensive linemen.

David DeCastro • G • Pittsburgh Steelers • Seventh season

DeCastro started and appeared on all 60 offensive snaps in Pittsburgh's 24-21 loss at Oakland on Sunday. He did not allow a single pressure on 42 pass-blocking snaps, earning an 88.7 pass-blocking grade from Pro Football Focus. DeCastro has allowed just one quarterback hit and zero sacks on 516 pass-blocking snaps this season.

Andrew Luck • QB • Indianapolis Colts • Seventh season • @ALBookClub

Luck helped Indianapolis end Houston's nine-game win streak with a strong showing in the Colts' 24-21 win at Houston, finishing 27 for 41 for 399 yards, two touchdowns and a 103.6 passer rating. The leading candidate for the NFL Comeback Player of the Year, Luck's 3,759 passing yards rank fifth in the NFL while his 34 touchdowns rank second. His exceptional 90.8 season grade from Pro Football Focus ranks fourth after earning a 90.4 grade against the Texans' defense, one of the best in the league.

Blake Martinez • ILB • Green Bay Packers • Third season • @Big__Blake50

Martinez made a game-high 12 tackles in Green Bay's 34-20 win against Atlanta, upping his season total to 118, which ranks second in the NFL. One of three Packers to appear on all 71 defensive snaps, Martinez registered double-digit tackles for the third consecutive week in a bid to make his first career Pro Bowl.

Christian McCaffrey • RB • Carolina Panthers • Second season • @CMcCaffrey5

McCaffrey tacked on two more rushing touchdowns to his impressive 2018 season during Carolina's 26-20 loss at Cleveland. Appearing on all 74 offensive snaps, he finished with 16 carries for 63 yards while catching six of seven targets for 38 yards. His 1,627 yards from scrimmage and 13 total touchdowns ranks fourth among all players, while his 710 yards after the catch are the most of any player.

Michael Thomas • S • New York Giants • Sixth season • @Michael31Thomas

Michael Thomas made his second interception of the season on Sunday in the New York Giants' 40-16 win at Washington. Appearing on a season-high 58 defensive snaps (94 percent), he tied a season high with six tackles, including five solo, while also playing 17 special teams snaps. Thomas was also strong in coverage, limiting the four receptions he surrendered to 21 yards while owning a 44.6 passer rating when targeted. Thomas' 79.7 defensive grade from Pro Football Focus, which includes a career-high 84.2 grade in coverage, ranks 12th out of 87 snap-eligible safeties.

Solomon Thomas • DL • San Francisco 49ers • Second season • @SollyThomas90

Thomas had arguably his best game of the season in San Francisco's 20-14 win against Denver on Sunday, registering a career-high seven pressures, including five hurries and two quarterback hits. Appearing on 66 percent of defensive snaps, Thomas was able to generate consistent pressure on Case Keenum from the interior, his favored position.

Quick Hitters

  • Johnson Bademosi appeared on 22 special teams snaps in Houston's 24-21 loss against Indianapolis.
  • Doug Baldwin missed Seattle's 21-7 win against Minnesota with a hip injury.
  • Zach Ertz caught five of eight targets for 38 yards in Philadelphia's 29-23 loss at Dallas on Sunday, putting him over 1,000 yards for the first time in his career. With three games to play, Ertz is 12 receptions away from tying Jason Witten's all-time single-season receptions record (110) for tight ends.
  • Cameron Fleming appeared on six special teams snaps in Dallas' 29-23 win against Philadelphia.
  • Joshua Garnett appeared on four offensive snaps in San Francisco's 20-14 win against Denver, his third game of the season and first appearance since Week 9.
  • Ryan Hewitt appeared on 26 offensive snaps and four special teams snaps in Indianapolis' 24-21 win at Houston.
  • Kevin Hogan did not appear in Denver's 20-14 loss at San Francisco.
  • Austin Hooper caught four of six targets for 37 yards in Atlanta's 34-20 loss at Green Bay. His 64 receptions rank fourth among NFL tight ends and are a career high by 15.
  • Peter Kalambayi made one special teams tackle on 66 percent of special teams snaps in Houston's 24-21 loss against Indianapolis.
  • Josh Mauro registered two tackles, both for loss, and his first sack of the season in the New York Giants' 40-16 win at Washington while appearing on 19 defensive snaps.
  • Quenton Meeks made one special teams tackle on 74 percent of special teams snaps during Jacksonville's 30-9 win at Tennessee, his first appearance since Week 8.
  • Ty Montgomery rushed twice for one yard and caught one pass for one yard on 19 offensive snaps in Baltimore's 27-24 loss at Kansas City.
  • Trent Murphy made two tackles on 53 percent of defensive snaps in Buffalo's 27-23 loss against the New York Jets.
  • Andrus Peat started and appeared on all 64 offensive snaps for New Orleans' 28-14 win at Tampa Bay on Sunday. On the season, Peat has surrendered just one sack on 316 pass-blocking snaps for the 11-2 Saints.
  • Harrison Phillips made one tackle on 33 percent of defensive snaps in Buffalo's 27-23 loss against the New York Jets.
  • Justin Reid made seven defensive tackles, including one for loss, and one special teams stop in Houston's 24-21 loss against Indianapolis while appearing on 99 percent of defensive snaps.
  • Jordan Richards made two tackles on 32 percent of defensive snaps in Atlanta's 34-20 loss at Green Bay.
  • Dalton Schultz caught all three targets for 37 yards on a career-high 48 offensive snaps in Dallas' 29-23 win against Philadelphia on Sunday.
  • Richard Sherman made five solo tackles while playing all 74 defensive snaps in San Francisco's 20-14 win against Denver.
  • Appearing on 80 percent of offensive snaps, Levine Toilolo caught both of his targets for 26 yards in Detroit's 17-3 win at Arizona on Sunday.
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