After an amazing come from behind win against the NFC Champion Carolina Panthers, Pro Football Focus has rated three Minnesota Vikings as the top players at their position for week 3.
Pro Football Focus, the football analytics measuring website owned by Cris Collinsworth, has a lot of good analytics stats for the NFL. They have grown to be a very popular site over the last few years.
Every week PFF uses their grading system to put together a team consisting of the top players at every position in the NFL. This week’s top players consists of three Minnesota Vikings.
On the offensive side of the ball, PFF ranked Kyle Rudolph as the league’s top tight end. Here is what they had to say about Rudolph.
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"Tight end: Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings, 86.0 –While Kyle Rudolph has always possessed immense physical talent, this year he is starting to consistently make use of it on the field. Rudolph caught seven of the eight passes thrown his way for 70 yards and a touchdown, snaring the score from over the head of Panthers LB Shaq Thompson."
On the defensive side of the ball, PFF ranked Harrison Smith as the league’s top free safety. Here is what they had to say about Smith.
"Safety: Harrison Smith, Minnesota Vikings, 87.0 –Harrison Smith is the best player on the dominant Vikings’ defense right now. He recorded five tackles this week against the Panthers, each one a defensive stop. He also notched a sack and allowed just one catch for 2 yards when in primary coverage."
Lastly, on the special teams side of the ball, PFF ranked Marcus Sherels as the league’s top return man. Here is what they had to say about Sherels.
"Return specialist: Marcus Sherels, Minnesota Vikings –Seattle’s Tyler Lockett deserves a mention for the 62-yard punt return he had this week, but Sherels gets the spot for getting into the end zone and sparking the Vikings’ victory against the Panthers."
Week after week, the Minnesota Vikings have received high praise from media outlets and NFL analysts from all over. If they can continue to have breakout players in each phase of the game, they should be able to compete with any team in the NFL.