Vikings Statistical Rankings Through Week 2: Offense


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Dec 24, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell looks on before the game against the New York Giants at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

Week 2 of the NFL season is officially behind us.

Now that we’ve seen a good sampling of NFL action, some may be curious to see how the Vikings statistical rankings compare to other teams across the league.

Today, we will be breaking down where the Vikings offense ranks as a whole, and where individual players stand in terms of their statistics. Shout out to Pro-Football-Reference, Pro Football Focus, and nfeloapp.com for the numbers that went into this article. Stay tuned for the defensive rankings later this afternoon.

Team Offense

Vikings Statistical Rankings Through Week 2: Offense
Jan 15, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver K.J. Osborn (17) is congratulated by head coach Kevin O’Connell after scoring a touchdown against the New York Giants during the second quarter of a wild card game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

Total Offense

  • Points Scored: 45 (18th)
  • Total Yards: 743 (8th)
  • Plays: 118 (T-25th)
  • Yards per Play: 6.3 (T-2nd)
  • First Downs: 37 (T-21st)
  • Turnovers: 7 (1st)
  • Penalties: 8 (T-29th)
  • PFF Grade: 73.4 (6th)
  • Total EPA/Play: -0.03 (15th)

Week 2 brought a very similar story to Week 1 for the Vikings. Minnesota racked up yards against the Eagles defense, maintaining a top-10 ranking in that department. However, four more fumbles means they are also at the top of the league in terms of turnovers.

Hopefully, that turns around in Week 3, and they are able to maintain their high-flying group to put more points on the board. A positive through the first two weeks comes in the penalties, or lack thereof. Minnesota’s offense has been a clean unit to begin the year, tying for the 3rd-fewest penalties in the league.

Sep 10, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) warms up before the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Passing Offense

  • Completions: 64 (2nd)
  • Passing Attempts: 88 (4th)
  • Net Passing Yards: 674 (2nd)
  • Net Yards per Attempt: 7.3 (4th)
  • Passing First Downs: 34 (2nd)
  • Passing PFF Grade: 76.4 (7th)
  • Pass Blocking PFF Grade: 70.8 (12th)
  • Receiving PFF Grade: 73.9 (3rd)
  • EPA/Pass: 0.12 (12th)

Rushing Offense

  • Carries: 26 (32nd)
  • Rushing Yards: 69 (32nd)
  • Yards per Carry: 2.7 (30th)
  • Rushing First Downs: 2 (32nd)
  • Rushing TDs: 0
  • Fumbles Lost: 6 (1st)
  • Rushing PFF Grade: 50.7 (30th)
  • Run Blocking PFF Grade: 55.0 (22nd)
  • EPA/Run: -0.63 (32nd)

As anyone could have guessed, the Vikings have had some major troubles moving the ball on the ground. They are last in carries, rushing yards, rushing first downs, and EPA per run. This is an area that must get better if the Vikings want to compete for the playoffs this year, but luckily, they are being buoyed by a fantastic passing offense that ranks among the top-12 in every metric.

Individual Players

NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Minnesota Vikings
Dec 17, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) and guard Austin Schlottmann (65) warm up before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

QB Kirk Cousins

  • Completions: 66 (2nd)
  • Passing Attempts: 88 (4th)
  • Completion Percentage: 72.7% (3rd)
  • Passing Yards: 708 (2nd)
  • Passing TDs: 6 (T-1st)
  • Interceptions: 1 (T-15th)
  • PFF Grade: 77.2 (7th among QBs)

RB Alexander Mattison

  • Carries: 19 (T-32nd)
  • Rushing Yards: 62 (T-42nd)
  • Rushing TDs: 0
  • Rushing First Downs: 1 (T-80th)
  • Rushing Yards per Attempt: 3.3 (T-38th)
  • PFF Grade: 52.1 (81st among RBs)

WR Justin Jefferson

  • Targets: 25 (2nd)
  • Receptions: 20 (2nd)
  • Receiving Yards: 309 (1st)
  • Receiving TDs: 0
  • Receiving First Downs: 14 (T-1st)
  • PFF Grade: 89.5 (3rd among WRs)

WR Jordan Addison

  • Targets: 11 (T-53rd)
  • Receptions: 7 (T-67th)
  • Receiving Yards: 133 (T-21st)
  • Receiving TDs: 2 (T-2nd)
  • Receiving First Downs: 3 (T-73rd)
  • PFF Grade: 67.5 (55th among WRs)

WR K.J. Osborn

  • Targets: 12 (T-47th)
  • Receptions: 6 (T-82nd)
  • Receiving Yards: 65 (87th)
  • Receiving TDs: 1 (T-18th)
  • Receiving First Downs: 4 (T-54th)
  • PFF Grade: 47.1 (139th among WRs)

TE T.J. Hockenson

  • Targets: 17 (T-17th)
  • Receptions: 15 (T-6th)
  • Receiving Yards: 101 (T-43rd)
  • Receiving TDs: 2 (T-3rd)
  • Receiving First Downs: 7 (T-16th)
  • PFF Grade: 77.5 (3rd among TEs)

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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