Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Terence Newman

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2017 Minnesota Vikings Pro Football Focus grades.

Before we get started I would like to make some things clear about PFF grades.

Pro Football Focus (PFF) has been grading NFL players since 2004. The football analytics site evaluates individual performances on a play-by-play basis. On every play of every game, a PFF analyst will grade each player on a scale of -2 to +2 according to what he did on the play.

From the Pro Football Focus website:

pff player grades

The grading method was designed to build a clearer picture of how players performed, rather than simply judging performances based on box-score stats. Stats can be misleading.

While most statistical analysis is quantitative in nature, PFF uses qualitative measures and opinion-based grading as the basis of their rankings, so like baseball umpires, their calls could be construed by critics as “biased.” However, the grading process is overseen by at least three individuals per contest, so while the numbers may not always be perfect, the process itself is rather reliable.

What’s also unique about PFF is that season-level grades also account for the duration of good and bad play, resulting in “compounded” grades (both positive and negative) if the player’s performance continues for long periods of time. Basically, the grades factor in “streaky” play. Kinda cool, right?

Anyways…I hope that helped. It’s better to know these things beforehand because some grades may surprise you.

So without further adieu, here are the 2017 season grades for each qualified Viking. The players are arranged by grade within their position group. Notable position rankings are listed in parentheses.

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Drew Mahowald presents the 19th edition of the Skol Scale following the Minnesota Vikings’ Week 16 shutout win over the Green Bay Packers.

The Minnesota Vikings are poised to earn a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs for the first time in eight years this Sunday. Barring an unforeseen miracle, Minnesota will host a playoff game in the divisional round at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Mike Zimmer’s squad is as hot as any team in the NFL, winning 10 of its last 11 games. They’ve won with offense. They’ve won with defense. They’ve won against highly respected playoff teams. Their resume is arguably the most complete in the league.

But the last two weeks specifically have shown that the Vikings are ready for playoff football.

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Drew Mahowald and BJ Reidell discuss the Vikings that made the NFC Pro Bowl roster, the Vikings that didn’t make the Pro Bowl roster and briefly address the Aaron Rodgers injury situation in Green Bay.

Episode 146 is proudly sponsored by BlackStack Brewing and SoCom Creative.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  1. Intro: The Agenda
  2. Upon Review: Terence Newman, Case Keenum
  3. Pro Bowl: Multiple Vikings snubbed
  4. Rodgers to IR: Green Bay eliminated from the playoffs

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The Minnesota Vikings dominated the Cincinnati Bengals on the way to a Week 15 playoff berth and NFC North division title.

On Sunday, the Vikings clinched their second division title in three years.

The return of starting offensive linemen Pat Elflein and Mike Remmers as well as tight end David Morgan sparked Minnesota’s offense in what turned out to be a decisive victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. But it was the return of another offensive player that electrified US Bank Stadium.

Teddy Bridgewater made his 2017 debut as he entered the huddle with just under 11 minutes to go in the fourth quarter. With the Vikings up 34-0, Bridgewater walked on to the field as an energetic ovation from the home crowd filled the air.

Chants of “Teddy, Teddy, Teddy” bounced off the concrete barriers, translucent roof and glass doors. Fans raised their arms to the sky in excitement and applauded in appreciation of number five’s homecoming. It sounded as if the Vikings had scored a touchdown. Bridgewater said later he could barely hear the play call.

The return did not yield the kind of performance Bridgewater had hoped for (he went 0-for-2 with an interception and had three kneel-downs for negative three yards), but it was the return Bridgewater fans had long envisioned, and the festive moment came to fruition Sunday.

Speaking of festive moments, here’s a recap of yesterday’s win over Cincinnati.

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Drew Mahowald and BJ Reidell present their rapid reaction to the Minnesota Vikings’ 34-7 thrashing of the Cincinnati Bengals en route to an NFC North title.

Episode 145 is proudly sponsored by BlackStack Brewing and SoCom Creative.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  1. Intro: The Agenda
  2. The Quarterbacks: Case Keenum’s performance, Teddy Bridgewater returns
  3. Vikings Defense Dominates: AJ Green held to two catches for 30 yards
  4. Twitter Questions