According to Pro Football Focus, Indianapolis Colts starting left guard Quenton Nelson has been named to PFF’s ‘Week 16: Team of the Week’ following his standout performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday—albeit in a losing effort:
PFF TEAM OF THE WEEK
QB: Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
RB: Myles Gaskin, Miami Dolphins
WR: Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
WR: Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys
TE: Jimmy Graham, Chicago Bears
FLEX: Darren Waller, Las Vegas Raiders
LT: Trent Williams, San Francisco 49ers
LG: Quenton Nelson, Indianapolis Colts
C: Erik McCoy, New Orleans Saints
RG: Brandon Scherff, Washington Football Team
RT: Ryan Ramczyk, New Orleans Saints
DI: Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams
DI: Chris Jones, Kansas City Chiefs
EDGE: Chase Young, Washington Football Team
EDGE: Randy Gregory, Dallas Cowboys
LB: Fred Warner, San Francisco 49ers
LB: Roquan Smith, Chicago Bears
CB: Darius Phillips, Cincinnati Bengals
CB: K’Waun Williams, San Francisco 49ers
S: Darnell Savage, Green Bay Packers
S: Jordan Whitehead, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
FLEX D: Donte Jackson, Carolina Panthers
The Colts’ 2x NFL First-Team All-Pro is having another All-Pro caliber season, even if he hasn’t been quite as dominant in 2020—having battled through some lingering injuries.
Nelson received a +94.3 grade overall against the Steelers, which was highlighted by a +94.4 run blocking grade. He was a key cog in the Colts’ running backs rushing for a total of 118 rushing yards on 26 carries (4.54 ypc. avg.) and 2 rushing touchdowns—between the team’s talented backfield of Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines.
In pass protection, Nelson surrendered just 1 QB hit and 1 total pressure—although the Colts offensive line collectively allowed 5.0 sacks and 8 total QB hits during Sunday’s loss.
The unit’s significant struggles were largely the byproduct of having a pair of third-string offensive tackles in the game (maybe fourth-string)—which had nothing to do with Nelson—who was once again a mauler in the ground game.
On the season, Nelson is PFF’s 7th best graded offensive guard overall with a +84.1 grade overall—having surrendered a sack and a mere 13 total QB pressures on the season. However, to be fair, he has committed 9 total penalties during 2020.
The recently named 2020 Pro Bowler’s performance was stellar (and consistently has been since he was drafted by the team in 2018), but Colts fans may not want to speak about the devastating Steelers’ loss on Sunday, and specifically, the team’s second half collapse for a long, long time—if ever again.