Here’s Where the Vikings Offense Ranks Through Week 9

Josh Dobbs Has One
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Week 9 of the NFL season is officially behind us.

The Vikings went on the road without Kirk Cousins, Christian Darrisaw, or Justin Jefferson this weekend and managed to pull off a crazy upset win over the Atlanta Falcons.

Today, we will be breaking down the Vikings offense ranks as a whole through Week 9 as a whole, and where individual players stand. Shout out to Pro-Football-ReferencePro Football Focus, and nfeloapp.com for the numbers that went into this article. Stay tuned for the defensive rankings later today as well.

NOTE: Individual PFF Grades are sorted to include players with at least 20% of the league leader’s number of dropbacks, carries, or targets. In addition, with many of the teams now having their bye weeks behind them, we’ll be transitioning towards per game numbers for the team statistics.

Team Offense

Vikings Offense
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Total Offense

  • Points Scored per Game: 22.9 (13th)
  • Total Yards per Game: 354.8 (8th)
  • Plays per Game: 63.4 (T-16th)
  • Yards per Play: 5.6 (7th)
  • Turnovers per Game: 1.89 (T-29th)
  • First Downs per Game: 20.8 (T-9th)
  • Penalties per Game: 4.78 (2nd)
  • Third-Down Conversion Percentage: 41.7% (10th)
  • Fourth-Down Conversion Percentage: 73.3% (4th)
  • Red Zone TD Percentage: 48.3% (22nd)
  • Overall Offense PFF Grade: 79.4 (5th)
  • Total EPA/play: -0.01 (11th)

Josh Dobbs came in the game following Jaren Hall’s concussion and led the Vikings to their highest scoring output of the season this past weekend. Minnesota put together 31 points, and they were great on third down once again. After a bit of a sluggish start to the year, especially scoring and efficiency wise, Minnesota is now knocking on the door of being a top-10 group across the board.

Passing Offense

  • Completions per Game: 27.1 (1st)
  • Pass Attempts per Game: 39.0 (2nd)
  • Passing Yards per Game: 273.4 (2nd)
  • Net Passing Yards per Attempt: 6.6 (9th)
  • Passing First Downs per Game: 14.0 (2nd)
  • Passing TDs per Game: 2.22 (T-1st)
  • Interceptions per Game: 0.56 (T-8th)
  • Passing PFF Grade: 84.7 (T-4th)
  • Pass-Blocking PFF Grade: 77.4 (2nd)
  • Receiving PFF Grade: 73.9 (10th)
  • EPA/pass: 0.03 (14th)

Rushing Offense

  • Carries per Game: 22.0 (30th)
  • Rushing Yards per Game: 81.3 (29th)
  • Yards per Carry: 3.7 (27th)
  • Rushing First Downs per Game: 4.11 (32nd)
  • Rushing TDs per Game: 0.22 (31st)
  • Fumbles Lost per Game: 1.33 (32nd)
  • Rushing PFF Grade: 68.6 (27th)
  • Run-Blocking PFF Grade: 68.8 (5th)
  • EPA/run: -0.18 (24th)

Thanks to a great second half, the Vikings rushing offense made a little jump in some categories. After a season-high 146 rushing yards on Sunday, the Vikings climbed out of the 30s in terms of rushing yards per game, and their yards per carry took a step up as well. Without Cam Akers for the rest of the way, though, Minnesota could need to bring in yet another running back for their backfield.

Meanwhile, the passing offense remains one of the better groups in the NFL, ranking among the top five in completions, passing yards, passing first downs, and passing TDs this season.

Individual Players

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QB Josh Dobbs

  • Completions: 187 (12th)
  • Pass Attempts: 296 (10th)
  • Completion Percentage: 63.2% (24th)
  • Passing Yards: 1727 (20th)
  • Passing First Downs: 92 (15th)
  • Passing TDs: 10 (T-17th)
  • Interceptions: 5 (T-17th-most)
  • Carries: 54 (T-46th)
  • Rushing Yards: 324 (34th)
  • Rushing TDs: 4 (T-16th)
  • PFF Grade: 66.0 (26th among 37 qualifying QBs)

RB Alexander Mattison

  • Carries: 122 (11th)
  • Rushing Yards: 434 (21st)
  • Yards per Carry: 3.6 (32nd)
  • Rushing First Downs: 16 (T-37th)
  • Rushing TDs: 0
  • PFF Grade: 58.0 (55th among 63 qualifying RBs)

WR Jordan Addison

  • Targets: 59 (T-29th)
  • Receptions: 41 (T-25th)
  • Receiving Yards: 534 (24th)
  • Receiving First Downs: 23 (T-28th)
  • Receiving TDs: 7 (T-2nd)
  • PFF Grade: 70.2 (45th among 101 qualifying WRs)
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WR K.J. Osborn

  • Targets: 49 (T-53rd)
  • Receptions: 32 (T-54th)
  • Receiving Yards: 377 (55th)
  • Receiving First Downs: 18 (T-57th)
  • Receiving TDs: 2 (T-53rd)
  • PFF Grade: 55.6 (94th among 101 qualifying WRs)

WR Brandon Powell

  • Targets: 22 (T-153rd)
  • Receptions: 15 (T-148th)
  • Receiving Yards: 157 (147th)
  • Receiving First Downs: 10 (T-106th)
  • Receiving TDs: 1 (T-91st)
  • PFF Grade: 63.5 (70th among 101 qualifying WRs)

TE T.J. Hockenson

  • Targets: 80 (11th)
  • Receptions: 60 (8th)
  • Receiving Yards: 547 (23rd)
  • Receiving First Downs: 31 (T-12th)
  • Receiving TDs: 3 (T-27th)
  • PFF Grade: 73.0 (6th among 41 qualifying TEs)

NOTE: This article originally appeared on our sister-site, PurplePTSD.com.

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho and managing editor of PurplePTSD.com. When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys running, gaming, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. Check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.

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