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Colts Pro Bowl OG Quenton Nelson Named to PFF’s ‘NFL Week 16: Team of the Week’

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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

Offense

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

Defense

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.