KC-MIN: Vikings’ Sharrif Floyd dominant in win

The top takeaways and highest-graded players from the Vikings' 16-10 win over the Chiefs.

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(AP Photo/Jim Mone)

(AP Photo/Jim Mone)

KC-MIN: Vikings’ Sharrif Floyd dominant in win

Here are the top takeaways and highest-graded players from the Minnesota Vikings’ 16-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Kansas City Chiefs

– With RB Jamal Charles injured, the running game was non-existent for the Chiefs as Charcandrick West (-3.9) and Knile Davis (+0.2) combined for only 46 yards on 14 carries. They forced just one missed tackle between them while West compounded the issues by losing a fumble in the fourth quarter. This may be a weekly issue as both West (-4.4) and Davis (-1.1) have negative grades on the season.

– Conversely, the run defense did an excellent job of bottling up RB Adrian Peterson. DE Allen Bailey led the way with a +5.8 grade against the run while NT Jaye Howard continued his breakout season at +2.2 in the run game (now +15.1 on the season). Backup defensive linemen Mike DeVito (+1.6 vs. run) and Nicholas Williams (+1.5 vs. run) did their part as well as the defensive line combined for an impressive +11.1 grade against the run.

– The offensive line struggled in pass protection as all five starters ended with negative grades in that department. Left tackle Donald Stephenson gave up four hurries on 46 pass attempts, while left guard Ben Grubbs gave up five hurries and a hit. It’s been a common theme for the Chiefs as four of the five starters have negative pass protection grades on the season, with only RT Eric Fisher grading positively (+3.3).

Top performers

DE Allen Bailey (+5.1)
OLB Justin Houston (+4.5)
CB Marcus Peters (+2.8)
LB Derrick Johnson (+1.8)
FB Anthony Sherman (+1.7)


Minnesota Vikings

– WR Stefon Diggs was the go-to guy for QB Teddy Bridgewater (+0.5), as he gained 129 yards on seven receptions while running a variety of routes along the way. He turned both starting cornerbacks, Sean Smith and Marcus Peters, completely around with his deep-out routes in the first quarter before catching a well-placed back-shoulder throw on Smith later in the quarter. Six of Diggs’ seven catches went for first downs.

– The clear dominant pass rusher for Minnesota was DT Sharrif Floyd who finished at +5.4 with a sack, hit, and four hurries on 31 rushes. Floyd beat OG Ben Grubbs on four pressures, all to his outside shoulder, even busting out a spin-move that worked on Grubbs once and RG Zach Fulton another time.

– With starting DE Everson Griffen out for the game, rookie DE Danielle Hunter nearly doubled his career snap total with 50 on the afternoon. He had a strong game with a +1.2 overall grade that featured a sack and three hurries on his 38 rushes along with two run stops. He pressured OT Donald Stephenson inside multiple times and he was stout at the point of attack on a key third-and-one stop at the 3:20 mark of the second quarter. Overall, it was an encouraging outing for the third round rookie.

Top performers

DT Sharrif Floyd (+4.3)
WR Stefon Diggs (+3.6)
CB Captain Munnerlyn (+2.9)
LB Eric Kendricks (+2.6)
DT Linval Joseph (+1.6)

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  • NAJ

    Great to see Captain and Joseph paying off in their 2nd years in Minny and 2 of the rookies leading the charge. Spielman looking really smart right now giving Kendricks more opportunity. Shame it wasn’t Greenway out of the door as opposed to Hodges!

    • enai D

      Yeah really

  • Joe Doe

    Sharif Floyd owned this game. Truly enjoyable player to watch when you have to choose between Lions-Bears and this game on cable.

  • DeltronZero

    incredible how Bridgewater continues to grade out in the positive. Makes no sense

  • Tonsies

    Floyd wasn’t even the best defensive lineman on the field. That would be Allen Bailey, which is even confirmed by the PFF grades.

    Sorry to be a hater, but Floyd’s sack wasn’t even impressive. Whoever was lined up on Donald Stephenson was the one who flushed Alex Smith from the pocket, and Floyd wouldn’t have got there if Smith didn’t have to bail from the pocket. Floyd barley even shed a block on that play.

    His other big play was the stop on 4th down where he was unblocked.

    The one spin move was nice, but again, the context matters. Two other defensive lineman got free on that play.

  • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

    i’m genuinely surprised by how bad the chiefs are this year. obv j-charles going down hurts, but they weren’t going anywhere with him anyway