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The Vikings Top Players from Best to Worst After Week 16


1. WR – Justin Jefferson (90.9)
2. LT – Christian Darrisaw (90.3)
3. EDGE – Danielle Hunter (87.9)
4. EDGE – Za’Darius Smith (84.8)
5. RT – Brian O’Neill (83.3)
6. CB – Patrick Peterson (80.3)
7. QB – Kirk Cousins (76.2)
t8. CB – Duke Shelley (75.0)
t8. DL – Dalvin Tomlinson (75.0)
10. LG – Ezra Cleveland (73.2)
11. NT – Harrison Phillips (70.8)
12. C – Garrett Bradbury (70.2)
13. HB – Dalvin Cook (69.8)
14. TE – T.J. Hockenson (69.3)
15. EDGE – Patrick Jones (68.1)
16. SS – Harrison Smith (67.4)

Thing at Stake for
Dec 17, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

17. WR – Adam Thielen (66.0)
18. HB – Alexander Mattison (65.9)
19. LB – Jordan Hicks (65.7)
20. DL – James Lynch (65.0)
21. CB – Cameron Dantzler (63.1)
22. WR – K.J. Osborn (62.0)
23. LB – Eric Kendricks (60.8)
24. EDGE – D.J. Wonnum (58.7)
25. DL – Jonathan Bullard (58.0)
26. CB – Chandon Sullivan (57.8)
27. TE – Irv Smith (57.4)
28. RG – Ed Ingram (56.5)
29. FS – Camryn Bynum (56.0)
30. OT – Blake Brandel (55.3)
31. TE – Johnny Mundt (50.1)

The Vikings defeated the New York Giants 27-24 in Week 16, winning on the longest field goal in franchise history, courtesy of Greg Joseph. Minnesota played decent for most of the game and really turned it on in the 4th Quarter.

Vikings Did 'Their 3 Things' en Route to Win over NYG
Dec 24, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson.Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

Wide receiver Justin Jefferson was elite, tallying 12 receptions, 133 receiving yards, and 1 touchdown. Jefferson continues his quest for 2,000 receiving yards, the receiving yards crown over Tyreek Hill, and maybe some MVP votes. He is now on pace for 1,990 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns in 2022.

The Vikings are three-point underdogs on the road next weekend against Green Bay in Week 17, a team that must run the table to reach the postseason. If the Packers win out while the Washington Commanders lose one game, Green Bay will be in the tournament.

PurplePTSD: Jefferson's Message, Homefield Playoff Game Drought, Christmas Eve Nailbiter
Dec 24, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

The Lions ravaged their playoff hopes by losing to the suddenly-offensive-juggernaut Carolina Panthers. The Vikings are the No. 2 seed in the NFC behind the Eagles and would host a home playoff game versus the Commanders if the playoffs started today.

The Vikings could welcome back tight end Irv Smith before too long, while cornerback Cameron Dantzler should be on his way back. Garrett Bradbury has missed three straight games.

Something Was Lost in Shuffle of Vikings Crazy Win
Dec 17, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

The current big playoff talker for Vikings football is whether Minnesota retains the No. 2 seed or gifts that to the San Francisco 49ers. If Minnesota loses a game while the 49ers win, San Francisco will surpass the Vikings for the second seed. But the Vikings can finish no worse than the No. 3 seed, thanks to defeating the Colts on December 17th and the Tampa Buccaneers loss in Week 15.

The Vikings have defeated the Packers three times in a row with Kirk Cousins at QB1.


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