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A look at the stat book reveals how the Minnesota Vikings offense has stacked up after eight games.

At the end of the 2016 season, the Vikings offense ranked 28th in the NFL. Despite the hardship the unit endured during what turned out to be a nightmare season, the team’s front office vowed to improve the group during the offseason.

Fast forward eight games into 2017. Sporting a new offensive coordinator, a different scheme, new personnel, and a revamped offensive line, the Vikings offense has been just that — a noticeable improvement through the first half of the season.

Team Stats

  • TOTAL YARDS PER GAME
    • The 2016 offense ranked 28th with 315.1 YPG.
    • The 2017 offense ranks 11th with 358.5 YPG.
  • RUSHING
    • The 2016 offense ranked last (32nd) with 75.3 YPG.
    • The 2017 offense ranks ninth with 120 YPG.
  • PASSING
    • The 2016 offense ranked 18th with 239.8 YPG.
    • The 2017 offense ranks 14th with 238.5 YPG.
  • POINTS
    • The 2016 offense ranked 23rd in points.
    • The 2017 offense ranks 14th in points (179 total points through 8 games).

Aside from averaging one less yard through the air in 2017, the Vikings offense has seen improvement across the board. The unit has climbed the ranks of NFL offenses and currently ranks 11th in the NFL in total offense.

At the season’s halfway point, the Vikings have the 5th-fewest penalties in the NFL (48), and the team ranks 14th in the league in turnover margin (+2).

Individual Stats

Quarterbacks

Vikings signal callers, their Pro Football Focus grades (in parenthesis), and their first-half production:

Case Keenum (77.6)

  • 149 of 233, 63.9% completion rate.
  • 1,610 yards with 7 touchdowns and 3 interceptions.
  • QBR of 67.1, passer rating of 88.8.
  • Played in 7 games, 4-2 record as starter.

Sam Bradford (68.9)

  • 32 of 43, 74.4% completion rate.
  • 382 yards with 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.
  • QBR of 72.4, passer rating of 124.4.
  • Played in 2 games, 2-0 record as starter.

Offensive Line

Vikings offensive line starters, their PFF grades (in parentheses), and how many sacks they’ve given up in the first half of the season:

LT – Riley Reiff (74.2) – 0 sacks given up in 8 games.

LG – Nick Easton (41.2) – 0 sacks given up in 5 games.

C – Pat Elflein (41.4) – 2 sacks given up in 8 games

RG – Joe Berger (73.8) – 1 sack given up in 8 games.

RT – Mike Remmers (79.0) – 2 sacks given up in 8 games.

Running Backs

Notable Vikings rushers, their PFF grades (in parentheses), and their first-half production:

Dalvin Cook (82.0) – 354 rushing yards with 2 touchdowns (4.8 YPC) in 4 games. ***On injured reserve***

Jerick McKinnon (81.2) – 287 rushing yards with 3 touchdowns (4.2 YPC) in 8 games.

Latavius Murray (50.2) – 249 rushing yards with 1 touchdown (3.2 YPC) in 8 games.

Receivers

Notable Vikings pass catchers, their PFF grades (in parentheses), and their first-half production:

Adam Thielen (83.6) – 48 catches for 627 yards with 1 touchdown in 8 games.

Stefon Diggs (83.6) – 27 catches for 422 yards with 4 touchdowns in 6 games.

Kyle Rudolph (75.3) – 32 catches for 271 yards with 3 touchdowns in 8 games.

Jerick McKinnon (81.2) – 28 catches for 203 yards with 1 touchdown in 8 games.

Laquon Treadwell (47.6) – 12 catches for 142 yards in 8 games.

Jarius Wright (73.1) – 7 catches for 93 yards with 1 touchdown in 8 games.

Michael Floyd (48.5) – 3 catches for 31 yards in 3 games.


Stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus, ESPN.com and NFL.com.

2 COMMENTS

  1. To be fair, the QB’s should be listed as:

    Keenum “Played in 7 games, 4-2 record as starter, 1-0 in relief.”
    Bradford “Played in 2 games, 1-0 record as starter.”

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