The 2022 Vikings are passing at a much-higher rate

The Vikings are becoming more progressive on offense

The Minnesota Vikings offense in years past has been one that was considered boring and archaic.

They ran the ball way too much and did so in spots that would have made more sense to throw the football. Think of all the times the play call was a run on second and 10 or longer. It was conservative, boring and poor use of the resources at their disposal.

Through three games, everything isn’t perfect on offense but they have been more aggressive and modern in how the offense is being called. That has been seen with how often the passing game has been used. The numbers bear out versus last year. For this exercise, we used PFF’s charting on what plays were called and not what the play ended up being. For example, if a passing play was called and Kirk Cousins ended up running when the play breaks down, it counts as a passing play call. The same goes with sacks

2021: 1,141 total plays, 695 passing plays (60.9%)
2022: 195 total plays, 133 passing plays (68.2%)

This is obviously a smaller sample size than an entire season and a strategy that can change for a myriad of reasons. However, the stats are encouraging in the beginning of the Kevin O’Connell era.

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Eagles’ PFF grades: Best and worst from 24-8 win over Washington in Week 3

Here are the Best and worst PFF grades from the Philadelphia Eagles’ dominant 24-8 win over the Washington Commanders in Week 3

The Eagles battered the Commanders on Sunday, sacking quarterback Carson Wentz nine times and delivering 17 quarterback hits in a 24-8 road win.

Jalen Hurts threw for three touchdowns, and DeVonta Smith logged a career-high 169 yards receiving on the afternoon.

With the attention now turning to Jacksonville, here are best and worst PFF grades for Week 3.

Eagles PFF grades: Best and worst from 24-7 win over Vikings in Week 2

Philadelphia Eagles PFF grades: Best and worst from 24-7 win over Minnesota Vikings in Week 2

The Philadelphia Eagles sit atop the NFC East after defeating the Minnesota Vikings 24-7 at Lincoln Financial Field on Monday night.

Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurt was a true dual-threat, completing 26 of 31 attempts for 333 passing yards while adding 55 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

Philadelphia’s defense harassed Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, finishing with less than 200 passing yards while throwing three interceptions.

Here are the best and worst graded players from PFF.

Eagles PFF grades: Best and worst from preseason finale vs. Dolphins

Philadelphia Eagles PFF grades: Best and worst from preseason matchup vs. Miami Dolphins

The Eagles struggled in their preseason finale, as 47 reserves and bubble players fell to the Dolphins, 48-10 in Miami Gardens.

Philadelphia had some highlights on offense, with most being relegated to Jason Huntley’s key runs, including a 67-yard touchdown scamper.

The Eagles were gashed on defense as Miami piled up almost 500-yards of total offense and struck first on the opening play with Tua Tagovailoa hooking up with Tyreek Hill for a 51-yard bomb.

PFF released the grades for the finale, and offensive tackle Le’Raven Clark was the highest graded player, while JaCoby Stevens received the lowest grade.

Eagles PFF grades: Best and worst from preseason matchup vs. Browns

Philadelphia Eagles PFF grades: Best and worst from preseason matchup vs. Cleveland Browns

The Eagles utilized a consistent rushing attack and timely passing from Gardner Minshew to move past the Cleveland Browns, 21-20, in Week 2 of the 2022 NFL preseason.

The starters for both teams got the day off, allowing for critical reserves and rookies vying for a roster spot had multiple opportunities to stake claim to about a dozen available roster spots.

With Philadelphia set to depart to Miami for two days of joint practices with the Dolphins, here are the best and worst grades from PFF following preseason Week 2.

Eagles PFF grades: Best and worst from preseason opener vs. Jets

Philadelphia Eagles PFF grades: Best, worst players from preseason opener vs. New York Jets

It was the tail of two halves for the Eagles on Friday night, with the first and second team units dominating the Jets on both sides of the ball as Philadelphia led 14-3 at the half.

Third-year quarterback Jalen Hurts was nearly perfect during his one series, going 6-for-6 passing for 80 yards and a touchdown.

Hurts was among the highest graded quarterbacks in Week 1, while Dallas Goedert, Cam Jurgens, and Zach Pascal made a significant impression on the night.

With Philadelphia set for joint practice sessions with the Browns, PFF released the highest graded players from the preseason opener.

Eagles’ Avonte Maddox lands in the top-10 of PFF’s 2022 NFL slot CB rankings

Philadelphia Eagles’ talented cover guy Avonte Maddox lands in the top-10 of a PFF ranking of the NFL’s best slot cornerbacks

Avonte Maddox is a player to watch in Jonathan Gannon’s secondary and as the former Pitt product enters year No. 5 with the Eagles, he’ll look to cement himself as one of the top nickel cornerbacks in the game.

Maddox should benefit from the addition of James Bradberry to the mix with Darius Slay and his profile around the league is rising after a 2021 season that saw the slot cornerback rank among the top five in several categories.

PFF recently ranked the top slot cornerbacks in the NFL and the Eagles’ defensive back landed at No. 9 on the list.

Maddox has played just about everywhere in the secondary in his four-year Eagles career. He went from free safety and outside corner in 2018 to the slot in 2019, then back to the outside for 2020. He didn’t enjoy much success, as he earned single-season PFF grades below 60.0 each year.

In 2021, as Maddox moved back to the nickel spot full-time, things were different, as his 76.1 coverage grade was top-five at the position. The Pitt product is an effective tackler who consistently breaks downhill and snuffs out plays underneath — his 17 passing stops in the slot tied for the most in the NFL last season.

The Colts Kenny Moore landed atop the list, followed by Mike Hilton, Jonathan Jones, Taron Johnson, and Chauncey Gardner-Johnson to round out the top-5.

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Eagles’ A.J. Brown lands high on a PFF list of NFL’s best wide receivers against press coverage

Philadelphia Eagles’ star A.J. Brown lands high on a PFF list of the NFL’s best wide receivers against press coverage

The NFL is a timing-based league and the most successful quarterbacks around the league thrive because they have pass catchers that can beat press coverage.

DeVonta Smith was a top-10 pick because of his ability to flourish in tight spots and Eagles GM Howie Roseman just acquired one of the best in the business, which should allow Jalen Hurts to take the next steps as a passer.

PFF recently listed the highest graded wide receivers in the NFL against tight press coverage, and Brown landed at No. 4 on the list behind Justin Jefferson, Davante Adams, and Cooper Kupp.

In a stat that’ll make Eagles fans even more upset, Jefferson has the highest PFF grade since entering the league, catching 72 of the 109 targets thrown his way against press coverage despite teams including Philadelphia passing him up due to concerns about his ability as an outside receiver.

Brown for his part has snagged 46 of the 75 targets thrown his way in press coverage over the past two seasons.

Brown also has 7 touchdowns in 264 snaps against press coverage over the past two seasons and he’s third in the NFL in target rate against press coverage over that time as well.

The addition of the former Titans star will trickle down to DeVonta Smith, Quez Watkins, and Dallas Goedert across the middle.

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Eagles PFF grades: Highest and lowest graded players from 2021 NFL regular season

#Eagles #PFF grades: Highest and lowest graded players from 2021 #NFL regular season

The Eagles ended the 2021 regular season on a down note, but the team was able to earn a postseason berth against the Buccaneers.

As we look forward to 2022, we’ll now take a look at the highest and lowest graded Philadelphia Eagles from this season per Pro Football Focus.

The offense dominated the high grades, and there were a few surprises at the top and bottom of the list.

Eagles’ PFF grades: Best and worst from Week 18 loss to Cowboys

#Philadelphia #Eagles’ #PFF grades: Best and worst from Week 18 loss to #Cowboys

If you ever want to truly gauge the depth on an NFL roster, just take 20 key players away and make them inactive or place them on the COVID-list.

With the bulk of their roster inactive, Philadelphia played reserves and practice squad players in a 51-26 home loss to the Cowboys to wrap up the 2021 regular season.

The Week 18 PFF grades gave an actual indication of what a roster full of backups would resemble, and the results weren’t pretty.