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Vikings vs. Jaguars By the Numbers Featuring PFF Grades From Denver

NFL Preseason: Week 2 - Minnesota Vikings vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

A weekly look at how the Minnesota Vikings match up against their opponent by the numbers. See how the offensive and defensive units compare to the rest of the league while viewing the offensive leaders, defensive leaders, and noteworthy stats involving this week’s game.

It’s Vikings game day baby! Let’s begin this festive occasion by taking a look back at the individual performances from Denver last week. VT’s new sponsorship agreement with Pro Football Focus allows us to bring you PFF player grades, analysis, in-depth knowledge, rankings and almost anything else your heart desires in terms of statistics. So, stayed tuned for Vikings Territory for your weekly PFF fix.

For an explanation on how PFF grades are calculated, please read this article which explains the process in-depth.

Top 5 individual grades 

  1. WR Stefon Diggs (91.4)
  2. CB Jack Tocho (90.6)
  3. QB Kirk Cousins (90.0)
  4. RB Roc Thomas (89.6)
  5. DT Jalyn Holmes (89.3)

Also earning notable grades were TE David Morgan (89.1), QB Kyle Sloter (85.0), LB Eric Wilson (85.8) and CB Craig James (81.6). For those of you wondering, cornerbacks Holton Hill had a grade of 60.1 and Mike Hughes earned a 74.9.

Bottom 5 individual grades

  1. TE Blake Bell (31.7)
  2. OL Cedrick Lang (31.8)
  3. DE Ade Aruna (39.2)
  4. C Cornelius Edison (42.9)
  5. TE Tyler Conklin (43.0)

Another notable low grade came in from OL Aviante Collins (44.4). While these grades are only from one game, the first preseason game of the season nonetheless, these players will look to improve upon their performances moving forward, starting today.

The Vikings take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in their first preseason home game of 2018. U.S. Bank Stadium will open its doors for two squads that have become quite familiar with each other over the past week. Minnesota hosted Jacksonville at the team’s brand new practice facility for two joint practices on Wednesday and Thursday. The players got along well at the TCO Performance Center in Eagan, and while that’s likely to continue in today’s preseason matchup, it’s finally time for the Vikes and Jags to cut loose and let it fly. Here’s a look at both teams by the numbers.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

The Vikings home record in 2017 was 8-1 including the playoffs.

2017 offensive ranks:

Total offense = 11th (356.9 YPG)
Passing = 11th (234.6 YPG)
Rushing = 7th (122.3 YPG)
Scoring = 10th (23.9 PPG)

2017 defensive ranks:

Total defense = 1st (275.9 YPG)
Passing = 2nd (192.4 YPG)
Rushing = 2nd (83.6 YPG)
Scoring = 1st (15.8 PPG)

Offensive leaders:

  • Passing – QB Kirk Cousins: 4,094 yards with 27 TD’s and 13 INT’s
  • Rushing yards – RB Latavius Murray: 842
  • Rushing TD’s – RB Latavius Murray: 8
  • Receiving yards – WR Adam Thielen: 1,276
  • Receiving TD’s – WR Stefon Diggs and TE Kyle Rudolph: 8

Defensive leaders:

  • Tackles – MLB Eric Kendricks: 113
  • Sacks – DE Everson Griffen: 13
  • Interceptions – S Harrison Smith: 5

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

The Jaguars away record in 2017 was 5-5 including the playoffs.

Notable PFF Performers from 2017:

  • QB Blake Bortles (69.4)
  • WR Keelan Cole (74.0)
  • WR Marqise Lee (76.0)
  • RB Leonard Fournette (62.5)
  • CB Jalen Ramsey (91.3)
  • DE Calais Campbell (91.1)

2017 offensive ranks:

Total offense = 6th (365.9 YPG)
Passing = 17th (224.6 YPG)
Rushing = 1st (141.4 YPG)
Scoring = 5th (26.1 PPG)

2017 defensive ranks:

Total defense = 2nd (286.1 YPG)
Passing = 1st (169.9 YPG)
Rushing = 21st (116.2 YPG)
Scoring = 2nd (16.8 PPG)

Offensive leaders:

  • Passing – QB Blake Bortles: 3,687 yards with 21 TD’s and 13 INT’s
  • Rushing yards – RB Leonard Fournette: 1,040
  • Rushing TD’s – RB Leonard Fournette: 9
  • Receiving yards – WR Keelan Cole: 748
  • Receiving TD’s – TE Marcedes Lewis: 5

Defensive leaders:

  • Tackles – LB Telvin Smith: 76
  • Sacks – DE Calais Campbell: 14.5
  • Interceptions – CB A.J. Bouye: 6

Noteworthy Stats

OFFENSE

  • Third-down conversion percentage – Vikings: 3rd (44%), Jaguars: 20th (37%)
  • Red zone percentage – Vikings: 9th (57.9%), Jaguars: 2nd (64.0%)
  • Turnover ratio – Vikings: +5, Jaguars: +10

DEFENSE

  • Third-down conversion percentage – Vikings: 1st (25%), Jaguars: 4th (34%)
  • Red zone percentage – Vikings: 3rd (40%), Jaguars: 2nd (39.3%)
  • Passing yards and TD’s allowed to opposing QB’s – Vikings: 3,291 yards and 12 TD’s, Jaguars: 3,043 yards and 17 TD’s
  • Rushing yards and TD’s allowed to opposing RB’s – Vikings: 1,095 yards and 7 TD’s, Jaguars: 1,520 yards and 7 TD’s
  • Receiving yards and TD’s allowed to opposing WR’s – Vikings: 2,244 yards and 9 TD’s, Jaguars: 1,768 yards and 9 TD’s
  • Receiving yards and TD’s allowed to opposing TE’s – Vikings: 591 yards and 3 TD’s, Jaguars: 616 yards and 4 TD’s

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Sean Borman

Sean Borman is a writer with Minnesota roots that's still somehow an optimist. He was an intern with the Vikings during college and is an IT nerd by day. You can find Sean on the golf course and on Twitter @SeanBormanNFL.

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