The Vikings Top Players from Best to Worst: After Week 14

The Vikings Top Players from Best to Worst: After Week 14
Christian Darrisaw

The Vikings Top Players from Best to Worst: After Week 14

After Week 14, these are the Minnesota Vikings grades from best to worst per Pro Football Focus. The scores are from the 2022 regular season and account for post-Week 14 standing.

This series will update the Vikings grades in real time each week after every game. Consider it a running total.

The Vikings Top Players from Best to Worst: After Week 14
Oct 2, 2022; London, United Kingdom; A detailed view of the grill on the teeth of Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports.

Of note, only players who qualify for PFF’s minimum snap count are listed.

The Vikings Top Players from Best to Worst: After Week 14

1. WR – Justin Jefferson (90.5)
2. LT – Christian Darrisaw (90.0)
3. EDGE – Danielle Hunter (83.6)
4. RT – Brian O’Neill (82.1)
5. EDGE – Za’Darius Smith (81.6)
6. CB – Patrick Peterson (79.3)
7. QB – Kirk Cousins (77.1)
8. DT – Dalvin Tomlinson (76.0)
9. LG – Ezra Cleveland (73.0)
10. NT – Harrison Phillips (72.5)
11. C – Garrett Bradbury (70.2)
12. WR – Adam Thielen (69.2)
13. TE – T.J. Hockenson (68.5)
14. EDGE – Patrick Jones (68.4)
15. RB – Alexander Mattison (68.0)
16. RB – Dalvin Cook (66.1)
17. DL – Blake Lynch (65.5)
18. SS – Harrison Smith (65.3)
19. LB – Jordan Hicks (63.7)
20. CB – Cameron Dantzler (63.1)
21. LB – Eric Kendricks (61.3)
22. CB – Chandon Sullivan (59.3)
23. WR – K.J. Osborn (58.2)
24. DL – Jonathan Bullard (58.0)
25. TE – Irv Smith (57.4)
26. FS – Camryn Bynum (56.3)
27. EDGE – D.J. Wonnum (55.8)
28. RG – Ed Ingram (55.7)
29. OT – Blake Brandel (55.3)
30. TE – Johnny Mundt (49.0)

The Vikings lost to the Detroit Lions, 34-23, in an underwhelming Week 14 performance for Minnesota. Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was in peak elite form, but the team’s defense refused to follow suit, allowing 464 yards to the Lions in total offense. Minnesota’s NFC North title celebration was delayed.

Update on Christian Darrisaw's Status at DET
Ezra Cleveland and Christian Darrisaw

Wide receiver Justin Jefferson was otherworldly, tallying 11 receptions, 223 receiving yards, and no touchdowns. Jefferson shattered the Vikings single-game receiving yards previously held by Sammy White. He is now on pace for 1,962 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns in 2022.

The Vikings are four-point favorites returning home this weekend against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 15, a team that was crushed by the Dallas Cowboys in Week 13, 54-19. Indianapolis had a bye in Week 14.

Vikings Fans Become Colts Fans at Noon
Nov 13, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports.

The Packers also had a bye and still seem convinced they can “run the table” and sneak into the postseason. But the Packers and Bears playoff hopes are all but vanquished. The Vikings are the No. 2 seed in the NFC behind the Eagles and would host a home playoff game versus the New York Giants if the playoffs started today.

The Vikings should welcome back Harrison Smith on defense against the Colts and perhaps left tackle Christian Darrisaw. Both men, plus Garrett Bradbury, were out at Detroit, and it turned out they were sorely missed.

Kirk Cousins Reacts to Huge Primetime Win 
Nov 24, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

A 1-3 or 0-4 record the rest of the way would plop the Vikings in the postseason. Of course, winning the division is preferred, but subpar football, as a worst-case scenario, would net a playoff berth. That’s the perk of a 10-3 start. The Vikings have a 99% probability of reaching the postseason, per FiveThirtyEight. They can wrap up the NFC North with a win over the Colts.

The Vikings haven’t beaten the Colts in 25 years.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).