Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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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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A guest post from friend of the site, Luke Braun

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This post was guest-written by Luke Braun, a contributor at Purple PTSD and longtime friend of the site. Follow him on Twitter at @spokenflow22.

Every year, I engage in the exercise of picking the entire playoffs before the postseason starts. Think of it like a mini March Madness — mostly just for fun. This year, there’s no reason not to share and explain my reasoning to the world.

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Brett Anderson (@brettAnderson87), Drew Mahowald (@DrewMahowald), Sam Neumann (@NeumSamN) and Sean Borman (@SeanBoarMan) return from mini-hiatus to talk Vikings playoffs. They give out awards for season MVP and most improved players, discuss their ideal playoff scenarios, and talk a little about the future of the quarterback situation.

Check out the episode above and subscribe to the Vikings Territory YouTube channel to ensure that you never miss a VT Roundtable discussion, the latest installment of Bump & Run or and a variety of other #content.

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The Minnesota Vikings finished the 2017 regular season 13-3 after a convincing win over the Chicago Bears.

The regular season finale at U.S. Bank Stadium was dominated by the NFC North champions. After jumping out to a 14-0 lead on a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs in the first half, the Vikings never looked back.

The Vikings rode the strength of their defense en route to securing the No. 2 seed in the NFC.

The Vikings defense shined all game. The league’s top defensive unit held the Bears to 30 yards rushing on 15 carries (2.0 YPC). Tarik Cohen was Chicago’s leading rusher with 13 yards.

Anthony Barr shut down the Bears rushing attack in the first quarter almost single-handedly. Later, Minnesota’s defensive line forced a safety as Linval Joseph and Danielle Hunter pressured Chicago’s signal caller into a back-handed throw “attempt.”

Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky went 20 for 36 (55.6%) for 178 yards. He had a QBR of 15.2 and a passer rating of 69.0.

Late in the fourth quarter trailing by 13, Chicago had eight snaps from inside the Minnesota 12, including six inside the 5, but could not reach the end zone.

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Minnesota Vikings 14, Atlanta Falcons 9

The Vikings did what they set out to do Sunday. Not only did Minnesota win the third-down battle, the defense made the Falcons offense one-dimensional, the secondary shut down Julio Jones and the Purple came away with their eighth straight victory at Atlanta.

Quarterback Case Keenum started slowly but again finished the game strong, completing all 13 pass attempts of the second half, including his last 15 passes of the game. Keenum went 25 of 30 (83.3%) for 227 yards with two touchdowns. He had a QBR of 57.3 and a passer rating of 120.4.

The Vikings offensive line gave up two sacks but paved the way for another positive showing by Minnesota’s offense.