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Which Vikings grabbed the highest Pro Football Focus grades vs. Titans?

Sep 11, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) carries the ball against the Tennessee Titans during the first quarter at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Nelles/The Tennessean-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings’ stars stepped up in Week 1 in their 25-16 win over the Tennessee Titans, according to Pro Football Focus ratings. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs and safety Harrison Smith received the highest grades from the football analytics site, which is used by 24 teams.

The top five offensive players were: Diggs, TE Kyle Rudolph, C Joe Berger, WR Adam Thielen and and TE David Morgan.

On the defensive side: Smith, DL Linval Joseph, S Andrew Sendejo, DE Brian Robison and DE Danielle Hunter

One notable stat mentioned by the PFF write up: Shaun Hill went 8-for-10 on passes between 10-19 yards.

Also the Vikings’ defense held Marcus Mariota to a 34.6 overall grade when his grade last year was 72.1. By PFF grading, Hill outplayed Mariota, scoring a 53.3 rating.



  • Gordon Guffey

    While I was happy for all the guys who made this list its was really great to see Thielen~ Morgan on offense and Sendejo on defense ~ All the others I expected to see ~

    Besides Berger the other guys were trying to figure each other out so as much as we would love for them to be gel they are not ~ On the other hand they were not as bad as I thought they might be in game one ~ Yes I was very disappointed that AP missed some huge holes Tenn. was stacking the LOS and it was clear some of the OL problems were really AP’s problems and that came from not playing in the preseason ~

    Lastly ~ I’m not so sure we see Bradford this week ~ Wait we are playing the Packers at home in the new dome so yes we will see Bradford this week ~ The Packers haven’t a clue whats coming ~ No game planing for Teddy and to a larger degree Bradford ~ Yes ~

    Now if the young guys in the list above can step up again this week the Vikings have a real shot at winning their first home game in the new house ~ I say chance because there are still many new working peaces that need to gel Hopefully Rhodes is back and ready to go ~ However Waynes I thought played well for the most part ~ Hard to remember he hasn’t played that much ~ So could the Vikings have been lining themselves up for a pairing of Waynes and Alexander in 2017 ???? If they both play well enough could be ~ Rhodes is always a slow starter drawing flags early on ~ Newman who I love for playing so well so late in his football life might be able to help someone next year I just see it being the Vikings unless he takes a coaching job ~ I’m not kidding I could see that being the case ~ He has a lot to teach ~ A lot of young players to tap into ~ Plus he could step in as a backup if need be ~ LOL ~ Just kidding about that last part ~

    In the end there was far more good to take away from this game than bad ~ And yes this week is another crap shoot on offense ~ But like sense day one that Zimmer stepped on the field as HC I’m looking forward to it ~ Sorry so long ~

    • Gordon Guffey

      Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said CB Xavier Rhodes “felt a pop” in his knee during warmups before Sunday’s game.
      Rhodes was held out of the game. Zimmer said the corner will undergo a “scan” to determine what happened, but “a pop” is never a good sign. The good news is Rhodes was spotted walking out of the locker room without any visible support after the game. We should know more about his status early this week.
      Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune Sep 11 – 7:32 PM

      Key info ~ ((( The good news is Rhodes was spotted walking out of the locker room without any visible support after the game. )))

      Hopefully Rhodes can get healthy in a hurry so he can be a part of any hope the teams has for s Super Bowl run ~ And lets face it if they didn’t believe they have a shot they would not have traded away a 1st and a 4th that could become as high as a 2nd they would never have moved on this trade ~ Thats like saying if Bradford stays healthy and has a outstanding season ((( Super Bowl or not ))) that if Teddy comes back healthy that he is given his job back on day one ~ Spielman & Zimmer are no dummies ~ Neither just gives away a 1st and more for a one season shot ~ Heck the Vikings may lead the NFL for players on IR before the season is up ~ I’m not saying Teddy doesn’t win his job back cause he liked new and improved before the injury ~ But come 2017 the Vikings may have the best backup in the NFL ~ Well that is my hope how it works out ~ Doesn’t matter to me which one would start as long as it was best play and not a favorite like it has been in the not so long ago past ~

      • Gordon Guffey

        Looks like they were ready for AP ~ Wait everybody plans the same way for the Vikings ~ Its the games where teams think they are ready for AP and he has a breakout game that I love ~

        “It is a challenge, not like it’s going to be where there’s two completely different styles,” Mularkey said. “That’s one thing. I mean, really, their specialty is pocket passing. They can get out of the pocket. We’ve got video of them with the designed out-of-the pocket [plays], but that’s not what they’re there for. They’re there to first hand it to [Adrian Peterson] and then second, off action like that, try to get balls down the field. It’s not an extreme difference with what we’re doing this week to be honest with you.”

  • Scott Myhre

    Hey Gordon, your writing is becoming as prolific as Judd. The only difference is ~ You make sense! Keep it up…..


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