Per PFF, the Vikings Top Players from Best to Worst: After Week 1

Per PFF, the Vikings Top Players from Best to Worst: After Week 1
Sep 11, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports.

After Week 1, 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 1 standing.

This series will update the Vikings grades in real time each week after every game. Consider it a running total. For PFF grades unique to Week 1, visit here for offense and here for defense.

Sep 11, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Cameron Dantzler Sr. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports.

The Vikings knocked off the Green Bay Packers 23-7 in Week 1, shoving the franchise to national prominence and newfound prestige, if only for a week. Per FiveThirtyEight, Minnesota is the fourth-likeliest franchise to win Super Bowl LVII. What a difference a win over the Packers makes.

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

These are the Vikings from best to worst through Week 1, according to PFF:

1. WR – Justin Jefferson (91.1)
2. SS – Harrison Smith (87.5)
3. DT – Dalvin Tomlinson (83.8)
4. QB – Kirk Cousins (82.8)
5. RT – Brian O’Neill (80.6)
6. RG – Ed Ingram (79.3)
7. DL – Harrison Phillips (77.7)
8. LB – Eric Kendricks (76.4)
9. RB – Dalvn Cook (75.0)
10. FS – Camryn Bynum (73.4)
11. LG – Ezra Cleveland (72.0)
12. CB – Cameron Dantzler (69.8)
13. EDGE – Danielle Hunter (68.0)
14. DL – James Lynch (64.2)
15. LT – Christian Darrisaw (62.4)
16. CB – Chandon Sullivan (60.8)
17. C – Garrett Bradbury (59.5)
18. TE – Johnny Mundt (58.4)
19. LB – Jordan Hicks (57.4)
20. WR – Adam Thielen (57.0)
21. CB – Patrick Peterson (55.8)
22. DL – Jonathan Bullard (55.5)
23. EDGE – Za’Darius Smith (55.0)
24. FB – C.J. Ham (54.9)
25. EDGE – D.J. Wonnum (54.0)
26. WR – K.J. Osborn (52.8)


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).



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