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  1. Week 13: VIKINGS (8-3) at Seahawks (9-2)

    Yeah Seattle's awesome. I was there for the game last year, had a great time except for the part where I had to actually watch the Vikings play football.
  2. Week 13: VIKINGS (8-3) at Seahawks (9-2)

    The Quandre Diggs trade was huge for them. Their FS had been a complete liability in deep coverage. The Lions were crazy to move Diggs for such a small return.
  3. NFL Snooze News: Volume Four, Por Favor

    Almost exactly a year ago, the Rams beat the Chiefs 54-51 on MNF, in a game that seemed to herald a new era of high powered offenses and elite young QBs. A couple of months later, the Rams scored 3 points in the Super Bowl. Now, they look like their window has closed. The NFL is incredibly competitive. Wonder how fast the tables will turn for Baltimore and/or San Francisco, the latest great teams.
  4. The 2018 Kirk Cousins Megathread

    If you read further down the comments on that tweet, someone does question it. Nick didn't realize it would count as Cousins' 3rd tag, he checks and confirms that, and agrees that it's not a viable option. I agree that they'll try to extend him after this season. Unless they see a Lamar-at-32 value in the draft, I don't think drafting a QB will affect their decision much if at all. Cousins' contract negotiation may be mostly done by the draft, or at least before a rookie would even see the field in preseason. It's not realistic to expect a day 2-3 drafted rookie to play so well that the team would decide to move on from Cousins, having seen what he's capable of this year. ... Weirdly, the Vikings with Cousins extended might be in one of the better QB situations in the league. He's not too old (31) and he's stayed very healthy (one of the longest active streaks in the league for consecutive games). He's established himself well within the 2nd tier (franchise QB, but not elite) of QB quality, but he's been better than some of the other QBs in that group (Garoppolo, Goff) and he's younger than others (Ryan, Rivers). If Cousins finishes the year playing at or around this level, how many teams have better QB situations going forward? KC, HOU, BAL with the young superstars Mahomes, Watson and Jackson SEA with Wilson, who should be MVP this year. Wilson is 31, same age as Cousins GB now that Rodgers is playing better. Rodgers is 36 this year. arguably DAL if Prescott is really as good as he seems this year maybe PHI is better if Wentz stays healthy and his supporting cast is improved probably ARI is better assuming Murray continues to develop There are other better QBs, especially Brees and Brady, but with age as a factor, I'm not sure those teams are better off over the ~5 year window of Cousins' next contract. Rivers and Roethlisberger seem to be winding down with age. There are other teams in similar shape, including DET (Stafford), SF (Garoppolo), ATL (Ryan) and LA (Goff, assuming he's better than he's shown this year). I think the Vikings would be better off than many teams with recently drafted QBs given their performances so far, including NYG (Jones), NYJ (Darnold), and CLE (Mayfield). So they'd probably be somewhere around the 7th-10th best QB situation in the league going forward.
  5. The 2018 Kirk Cousins Megathread

    Kirk Cousins is now 2nd in PFF's passing grade, at 86.8. Russell Wilson leads the league with 89.4, and Brees is 3rd at 86.6. Limiting the scope to weeks 3-11 (since the Lambeau game), Cousins is by far the highest graded passer in the NFL, at 92.1. Wilson (86.7) and Rodgers (86.0) round out the top 3. Cousins has the 2nd best passer rating in the NFL on deep (20+ yard) throws, at 130.6. Wilson leads with 135.4. He has either the highest or 2nd highest accuracy percentage (completion percentage adjusted for drops etc) in the league, depending on whether Brees has enough attempts to qualify. Cousins has been under pressure on 37.9% of his dropbacks, tied with Watson for 8th highest pressure rate in the league. He's got the 7th best passer rating under pressure, at 88.5. Kept clean (actually the best indicator of quality QB play, since it's subject to less random variation than throws under pressure), Cousins has by far the best passer rating in the league, at 126.1. Stafford and Wilson round out the top 3. Cousins' average time to throw has trended down and is now at 2.80 seconds, 2nd longest in the league behind Minshew and just ahead of Rodgers. He has the 4th best passer rating in the NFL on throws less than 2.5 seconds, and 3rd best on throws of 2.5 seconds or more. He has the 4th best passer rating with play action, and the 5th best without it (but considerably higher with it, as is true for most QBs). The Vikings have the 4th highest percentage of passes using play action in the league.
  6. 2019 Defense Thread

    They have one of the higher rates of pressures in the league this year. A lot of the big plays they’ve given up have come from fairly quick throws. On the slow developing ones, many of them have come from max protect packages, or else from their edge rushers losing contain (especially in the Dallas game). There have also been a couple of successful deep gadget/trick plays. On most of their biggest completions allowed, the DBs have been in good position but have failed to make a play on the ball. That’s the problem with their pass defense right now, much more so than the interior pass rush.
  7. 2019 Defense Thread

    The defense has been quite a bit better against the run this year, and a big part of that is Stephen replacing Richardson IMO. They've been worse against the deep pass, but that's not because of a lack of interior pass rush. The CBs haven't been making plays. Richardson hasn't been great in Cleveland. Only has 1 sack and 1 hit (though he does have 21 hurries, which is respectable). Barr has been just OK this year but he's still a good LB who affects what offenses do. Barr is also a leader on the team. Richardson was not.
  8. The 2018 Kirk Cousins Megathread

    Jaleel Johnson's been pretty good at NT and Armon Watts has potential. I think this will be Linval's last year. What they need is a 3-tech who can rush the passer. Jalyn Holmes hasn't done anything and Stephen ideally would only play on early downs and short yardage. Good DTs mostly go early, so I think that's their likely 1st or 2nd round pick next year. I expect they'll find a way to keep Griffen, he's been excellent. Odenigbo is good as the DE3. I doubt they extend Weatherly but draft a guy in round 4 to take that spot. I wanted Maxx Crosby this year, that would've be nice. I'll continue to lobby for cutting Rhodes and keeping at least one of Alexander or Waynes instead, ideally both. Hopefully Smith isn't going anywhere soon. Safeties are often good well into their 30s. I don't know what they'll do with Ant Harris. He probably deserves an extension, but Zimmer has had so much success turning late rounders and depth guys into good coverage safeties that they may not need to pay him. Too bad they lost Marcus Epps, but maybe they can get him back at the end of the year.
  9. The Iron Chef!!

    Paying RBs is generally a bad idea, but in Cook's case it makes sense. He contributes a lot to the passing game. A big part of the success of the Vikings screen game has come from Cook making the first guy miss. He leads the league in PFF's avoided tackles stat (which also includes broken tackles) on receptions. He's also been very good as a running back. He has very few negative plays, and seems to consistently make good reads on one-cut zone run plays. He's been good in short yardage and at the goal line. Cook is only 24 (same age Peterson was in 2009, his 3rd season). He doesn't have much usage since he missed time with injuries, only 421 carries so far. He should be able to produce for several more years. A contract extension probably won't be too expensive, and can be structured so the dead cap / guaranteed money doesn't stretch much past the 2nd year of the deal (meaning 3 more years after this season). Keeping Cook would keep the balance of the offense with Thielen/Diggs locked up, and Cousins seemingly likely to be extended too.
  10. His first 4 games graded very poorly and drag his overall score down. He then had 4 pretty good games in a row. KC game was mediocre, Dallas was good and Denver was good in pass pro but poor in run blocking. He's the 12th highest graded C since week 5. Overall, his pass blocking has gotten a lot better since week 5. Allowed 4 hurries to the Chiefs, 3 more hurries in the other 6 games combined, no sacks or hits. Bradbury's run blocking has mostly been good since week 5 but he was mediocre in KC and poor vs Denver.
  11. Vikings now 22nd in PFF's team pass block grade and 9th in run block grade. Both numbers include non-OL blocking (TEs etc). The OL is now 20th in pass blocking efficiency, basically tied with Chicago (19th) and Detroit (21st). Of 29 starting QBs (50%+ snaps this year), Cousins is now tied for 8th in percentage of dropbacks under pressure. He has the 5th best passer rating of those QBs on pressured dropbacks. Here are the individual rankings for the Vikings starting OL (PFF overall grades): Of 64 tackles playing 50%+ snaps: O'Neill 18th (between Matthews and Bakhtiari) Reiff 23th (just behind Conklin and Decker) Hill would be 24th, just behind Reiff, but he hasn't played enough snaps Of 63 guards playing 50%+ snaps: Elflein 18th (just behind Elgton Jenkins and 2 spots ahead of Dalton Risner) Kline 31st (just behind Seumalo, and ahead of Billy Turner and Will Hernandez) Dozier would be 57th, just behind Andrus Peat, but he hasn't played enough snaps Of 30 centers playing 50%+ snaps: Bradbury 28th, ahead of only Matt Paradis and Maurkice Pouncey
  12. The 2018 Kirk Cousins Megathread

    Cousins says he didn't see the flag:
  13. Something brewing with Diggs?

    Impressive leadership and production. Diggs is still only 25, turns 26 next week. He's signed for 4 more years. He has the 11th highest cap number for WRs this year, and 13th highest contract AAV for WRs currently.
  14. 2019 Defense Thread

    Still 14th in pass defense DVOA. Down to 12th in ANY/A against but having played a very tough slate of opposing offenses. Justis' opponent adjusted ANY/A puts them 7th in the league on defense (and 3rd on offense, and 3rd overall): They've already played 5 games against the current top 7 offenses (KC, DAL, GB, OAK, DET), with 2 more to come (SEA and GB again). The only offense in the current top 7 that the Vikings won't face is the Vikings.
  15. The 2018 Kirk Cousins Megathread

    False starts are blown dead. If the QB sees the DL jump and sees the flag, it should be obvious that it's a free play. They might get fooled if they only see a flag without seeing the jump -- illegal formations (shifts, procedures) are flagged at the snap, but against the offense. And seeing the DL jump but no flag, the offside / NZI might not be penalized if the DL doesn't cross the line, or gets back before the snap before the OL reacts. My take is that Cousins likes to play a certain way and does better when he follows that routine. So if he wants to treat free plays the same as regular plays, I don't have a big problem with it. The fact that this is a major talking point this week goes to show how well he's playing. There's very little to complain about in terms of his performance. Worst thing I've found on tape from the Broncos game is that he should've pulled the trigger on the 3rd and long in the 1Q where he got sacked late (around Reiff) -- he had Diggs on a deep out. Plus there was the swing pass checkdown on 3rd and 18 or whatever in the 2Q. That continues to be his major flaw, a lack of aggressiveness. But of course he more than made up for that as the game went on.