PFF Preview: Vikings @ Bears, Week 11
The (4-5) Minnesota Vikings head to Soldier Field on Sunday to play the (3-6) Chicago Bears. The Vikings beat Washington at home before their Week 10 bye week. The Bears were demolished 55-14 by the Packers at Lambeau Field last week and will be looking for their first win at home all season.
A fun matchup to keep an eye on here will happen in the trenches. Second-year Bears guard Kyle Long and second year Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd should see plenty of each other on Sunday. Long is currently our seventh-ranked guard in pass blocking with a +4.8 grade and he ranks fifth in Pass Blocking Efficiency at 98.0, having not allowed a sack all season. Floyd’s recent hot streak has vaulted him up to the 11th-highest-overall grade among defensive tackles at +10.9 and his Pass Rushing Productivity rating of 6.8 ranks 13th. Floyd has 10 of his 18 total pressures during the last three games.
Here are a few other players to watch:
Rhett Ellison – If the Vikings have success running the ball on the edges, Ellison could be a big reason why as his +5.8 run blocking grade ranks fourth out of all tight ends.
Anthony Barr – The rookie is already our fourth-highest-graded 4-3 outside linebacker at +10.2 and his Pass Rush Productivity rating of 13.6 ranks ninth.
Everson Griffen – His +7.4 overall grade includes positive grades against both run and pas, and his 10.4 Pass Rush Productivity rating ranks 10th.
Martellus Bennett – Our eighth-ranked tight end with a +9.7 overall grade is ranked seventh in Yards Per Route Run at 1.85.
Lance Briggs – Despite missing time, Briggs still ranks sixth out of all 4-3 outside linebackers with a +5.5 grade against the run.
Jay Ratliff – Ratliff is the only Bears defender to be in the green (better than +1.0) in pass rushing and against the run, and his overall grade of +9.8 ranks 13th among all defensive tackles.
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