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A dozen weeks are within the books. It’s time to acknowledge those that made the most important affect on the sport throughout Week 12.

It’s the weekly PFT awards. One winner for every of 5 classes, with loads of finalists who no less than benefit having their names named.

All winners and finalists seem beneath. Be happy to offer suggestions within the feedback.

Offensive participant of the week: Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts.

On Sunday evening in opposition to the Packers, Hurts turned solely the fourth participant to perform one very particular feat.

In the identical sport, 150 yards passing and 150 yards dashing.

Hurts has develop into a short-list MVP candidate for his skills and his management, serving to propel his staff towards 10-1. He has develop into a significantly better passer, however his operating combines the uncooked athletic talent of Lamar Jackson and Justin Fields with the uncanny capability of Patrick Mahomes to grasp how his physique strikes in area relative to the gamers attempting to deal with him.

Hurts helped elevate the Eagles to 336 dashing yards in opposition to Inexperienced Bay, and to maintain them forward of the Cowboys for the division title, and the Vikings for the No. 1 seed.

Different finalists: Raiders operating again Josh Jacobs (303 yards from scrimmage), Jets quarterback Mike White (315 passing yards, three touchdowns), Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson (9 catches, 139 yards, landing), Jaguars receiver Zay Jones (11 catches, 145 yards, two-point conversion), Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (321 passing yards, three touchdowns), Bengals receiver Tee Higgins (seven catches, 114 yards, one landing), Panthers receiver DJ Moore (4 catches, 103 yards, landing), Browns operating again Nick Chubb (116 dashing yards, landing).

Defensive participant of the week: 49ers defensive finish Nick Bosa.

His stat line doesn’t scream out dominance — one sack, one deal with for loss, two quarterback hits. However the 49ers pitched a shutout on Sunday in opposition to the Saints, and Bosa was an important a part of the defensive effort that delivered it.

In the end, Bosa’s sack got here with the 49ers main 13-0 and the Saints dealing with fourth and aim from the 4.

Enter Bosa. Exit the Saints. And for a fourth straight sport, the 49ers haven’t given up some extent within the second half. On this one, they didn’t surrender some extent within the first half, both.

Different finalists: Browns defensive finish Myles Garrett (1.5 sacks, one deal with for loss, three quarterback hits), Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (two sacks, two tackles for loss, two quarterback hits), Bengals defensive lineman Sam Hubbard (one sack, two tackles for loss, two quarterback hits), Payments defensive deal with Ed Oliver (one sack, two tackles for loss, two quarterback hits), Panthers linebacker Brian Burns (two sacks, one deal with for loss, three quarterback hits), Raiders defensive finish Maxx Crosby (1.5 sacks, one deal with for loss, six quarterback hits).

Rookies of the week: Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett.

Kenny Pickett is prepared for prime time. And to proceed to be a beginning quarterback within the NFL.

The numbers weren’t eye popping. He accomplished 20 of 28 passes for 174 yards in opposition to the Colts. However he seems the half, making throws once they should be made — and operating when operating is the one choice. He gained 30 yards on the bottom in opposition to Indy.

His greatest throw of the evening, combining lateral mobility and needle-threading accuracy, secured a two-point conversion and a seven-point lead.

Each rep he will get this 12 months will put together him for subsequent 12 months. And whereas it could be too late to climb again into the 2022 playoff race, it’s by no means too early to get a head begin on 2023. The Steelers and Pickett are doing simply that.

Different finalists: Jets receiver Garrett Wilson (5 catches, 95 yards, two touchdowns), Jets operating again Zonovan Knight (103 yards from scrimmage), Titans receiver Treylon Burks, Commanders operating again Brian Robinson (125 yards from scrimmage, landing).

Coach of the week: Bengals coach Zac Taylor.

The Bengals had managed to remain below radar for many of the season. After beating the Titans in Tennessee, they’re blipping conspicuously within the coronary heart of the display screen.

Taylor’s staff beat the Titans largely by shutting down operating again Derrick Henry. Defensive lineman Sam Hubbard (one of many finalists for defensive participant of the week) advised PFT by telephone after the sport that the aim was to get to Henry rapidly, on condition that he leads the league in yards after contact.

“We actually put an emphasis on tackling nicely and swarming them,” Hubbard mentioned. “It’s gonna take a couple of to get him down.”

Henry busted an extended achieve on a display screen move. “We mentioned, ‘That’s it, no extra large performs,’” Hubbard mentioned. “We did a very good job rallying after that.”

Hubbard additionally echoed a message that Taylor had for the locker room after the sport. Although different AFC groups could get the hype, the Bengals can’t be ignored.

“Everybody’s bought to play us,” Hubbard mentioned. “No matter anybody else says about different folks, on the finish of the day they bought to play us. That’s our mentality.”

It’s loads like their mentality from 2021. And that mentality took them to the Tremendous Bowl.

Different 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 operating again Josh Jacobs’ 86-yard touchdown run in time beyond regulation.

Practically 35 years to the day after Raiders operating again Bo Jackson ran 91 yards for a landing at Seattle and disappeared up the tunnel of the long-gone Kingdome, Jacobs had a walk-off 86-yard run in time beyond regulation to cap a franchise-record 303 yards from scrimmage.

As Jacobs advised Peter King of Soccer Morning in America, Jacobs (who has discovered loads of basic motivation from being in a contract 12 months, because of the brand new regime not selecting up his fifth-year choice) drew particular motivation from a Seahawks fan who had an indication that mentioned, “3-7. NOT BAD FOR A TEAM WITH NO TALENT.”

“He was screaming at us, all this dangerous stuff,” Jacobs mentioned. “I simply appeared up at him and mentioned, ‘Thanks for that. I wanted that immediately. You turnt me up.’”

And, in a single play, Jacobs turned out the Seahawks.

Different finalists: Titans receiver Treylon Burks’ 51-yard catch, and his fumble recovery in the end zone for a landing, Jets receiver Garrett Wilson’s 54-yard touchdown catch, Commanders cornerback Kendall Fuller‘s game-saving interception, two-point conversion by Jaguars for the win, two point conversion by the Chargers for the win, Vikings defensive again Kene Nwangwu‘s 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, Browns quarterback Jacoby Brissett‘s game-tying touchdown throw to tight finish David Njoku on fourth and 10.


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