Minnesota Vikings Stats, Facts and Graphs

Minnesota Vikings Stats, Facts and Graphs

Minnesota Vikings Stats, Facts and Graphs

The Minnesota Vikings lost their fourth consecutive game on Sunday. The 26-20 loss against the Washington Redskins dropped them out of first place in the NFC North. They are now a half-game behind the Detroit Lions. Let’s look at some of ProFootballFocus.com‘s grades and other stats to help us detect what is right and wrong with Mike Zimmer’s struggling team.

Vikings Offense

Over the last few weeks many of the Vikings problems on offense have been blamed on the offensive line. According to PFF, the line did much better than in previous weeks. On Bradford’s 43 drop backs he was pressured on only 33 of them. That’s  77% of the time, 10% less than the league average of 67%.  Bradford was only hit four times on the day.

Clearly, new offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is having an impact on the team’s offensive line. Bradford is being told to work the underneath game more. This is the second week in a row Bradford has had an average target depth of less than 6 yards.

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Shumur, who has worked with Bradford previously, knows his quarterback tends to hold the ball too long. He is currently ranked 27th among QBs for number of thrown away passes.

Right tackle T.J. Clemmings has been the recipient of much of the criticism leveled at the line. But, against the Redskins he showed signs of making progress. PFF gave Clemmings an overall grade of 80 and while he did allow five hurries, his run blocking grade of 84.9 was a very impressive number. Clemmings came into the game as the 73rd ranked tackle. But, that will go up as he earned the 8th highest tackle grade of the week.

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PFF graded Stefon Diggs among the top ten players for the week and the number one wide receiver with an overall grade of 88. Diggs was targeted 14 times and hauled in 12 receptions for 158 yards, with 64 of them coming after the catch. He wasn’t going up against Josh Norman, but beat five different defenders for catches and the majority of his damage was inflicted on rookie Kendall Fuller. Against Fuller alone he racked up 106 yards on six catches. Bradford’s passer rating for the day was 113.7 when throwing at Diggs, and this was his third week running with at least a dozen targets.

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It’s impossible to say with firm conviction that the loss of Adrian Peterson is what most plagues this team on offense, but one thing is sure – without the 31-year old running back the rushing game is nonexistent. On Sunday the Vikings’ running backs combined for 22 carries for only 64 yards. PFF finds fault with all three Viking running backs who were unable to take advantage of the holes the offensive line made.  Four of the five offensive lineman had positive grades of 70 or higher run blocking.

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Vikings Defense

On defense, the Vikings pass rush posted an impressive average time of getting to quarterback Kirk Cousins. Their mark of 2.38 was far better than their mark in the  8-sack game against the Carolina Panthers where the average time was 2.50. Despite the good mark Cousins was able to post a 143.9 QB Rating with two touchdowns when he held on to the ball longer than 2.6 seconds. So, clearly the Vikings pass rushers are not finishing plays like they used to.

Zimmer’s defense game planned against the Redskins’ deficiency on the offensive line. They were without starting left tackle Trent Williams who was out for suspension. The pass rush defense which has been suspect during their three-game losing streak was expected to take advantage of this part of the line. The Vikings blitzed on 45.7% of the Redskins passing plays (league average is 30.8%) racking up 14 pressures but were only able to put together one sack.

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PFF called into question one part of Zimmer’s defensive strategy. With Captain Munnerlyn, the team’s starting nickel corner, out of the lineup the Vikings moved veteran Terence Newman into the slot where he had a pretty solid game with a 78.1 overall grade.  But, why was Trae Waynes, PFF’s  74th ranked corner playing the entire game while Newman only played when Washington featured three-receiver sets?

One player the Vikings must be concerned with is strong side linebacker Anthony Barr. He was targeted three times in coverage and all three were caught with Cousins posting a 158.3 passer rating against Barr. One of the passes was a costly touchdown by Redskins tight end Jordan Reed.

Don’t worry about nose tackle Linval Joseph. He once again led the way with the highest grade on the Vikings defense. Joseph posted an 83.4 as the 6th highest interior defensive lineman of the week. Joseph had two pressures rushing the passer and two stops in run defense.

Vikings Special Teams

The headline making news here is becoming old news. Blair Walsh the Vikings troubled and troublesome kicker missed another extra-point. This one right before the half ended and could have given the Vikings a seven-point lead instead of the six they went into the locker room with. On our Barroom Blitz podcast, BJ Reidell wondered if this miss demoralized the Vikings. Walsh has now converted only 15 of his 19 extra point attempts this year. At an 80% clip that places the Vikings as the worst team in the NFL for that category, according to TeamRankings.com.

 

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Aldo Gandia

Aldo Gandia

Among my career highlights I have produced two films while in high school that received nationwide attention; leaned out of a helicopter over the Gulf of Suez at the age of 20 to shoot movies of oil rigs; won an Emmy award for a sports special and another for a kid's fitness show; and led a team of very talented creative professionals to produce break-through corporate communications.



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