This week, the Raiders will take on the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings bring with them a 2-7 record and are converting 40% (11th in NFL) of their 3rd downs and scoring 53% (12th in NFL) of the time, when in the red zone.
In this weekly article, Pro Football Spotlight will bring you the upcoming opponent’s rushing and passing tendencies, as well as some additional data and observations. For example: Did you know that the Vikings have the 5th best interception, per attempt, rate in the NFL?
Every team in the NFL has strengths and weaknesses, tendencies, and go-to guys. They have plays they like to call during tight situations or directions they like to run when in the middle of the football field.
Let’s take a look at the rest of those tendencies…
- Vikings Offense
Left End Left Tackle Left Guard Up the Middle Right Guard Right Tackle Right End No: 33 No: 19 No: 27 No: 88 No: 29 No: 23 No: 27 Rank: 11 Rank: 28 Rank: 14 Rank: 6 Rank: 11 Rank: 25 Rank: 14 Avg: 8.9 Avg: 3.2 Avg: 3.5 Avg: 5.0 Avg: 4.6 Avg: 6.4 Avg: 4.8
- Raiders Defense
Left End Left Tackle Left Guard Up the Middle Right Guard Right Tackle Right End No: 35 No: 29 No: 23 No: 62 No: 15 No: 26 No: 35 Rank: 9 Rank: 18 Rank: 16 Rank: 17 Rank: 27 Rank: 20 Rank: 6 Avg: 5.7 Avg: 4.2 Avg: 7.5 Avg: 4.4 Avg: 6.7 Avg: 4.8 Avg: 7.8
- PFS is trying out a new slider (chart above). You first see the Vikings offensive run tendencies…but if you click on the ribbon on the right you can see the Raiders run defense performance. Hope you like it.
- The Vikings love to run the ball. They rank in the upper half of the NFL, in attempts, in many of the rushing areas.
- Minnesota is getting good production when they run the ball directly at the center of the formation, 5.05 ypa (5th in NFL). They are also getting a gaudy 6.4 yards, per attempt (4th in NFL), over the right tackle area.
- Teams have been running on the Raiders’ defense, lately. Oakland ranks 32nd in the NFL in yards given up, per attempt around the right end (left side of defense), 31st in the NFL in yards, per attempt at the left guard position, and 32 in the NFL at the left guard position.
- Since the Vikings love to run the ball, and the Raiders may have some soft spots in their run defense…look for Minnesota to try and grind it out on the ground in those areas.
| 2011 Target By Zone Chart
|Avg. Gain: 9.5
||Avg. Gain: 18.7
||Avg. Gain: 2.9
|Plays: 84||Plays: 46||Plays: 92
|Avg. Gain: 6.2
||Avg. Gain: 8.5
||Avg. Gain: 4.4
- The Minnesota Vikings don’t throw the ball deep that often. But when they do…they like to throw it to the deep left side of the field. They are currently ranked 14th in the NFL when going to that zone and are averaging 9.5 yards, per attempts. The problem is, they are only getting 31% (23rd in NFL) of the passes completed in that zone.
- Minnesota is only completing 16% of their passes to the deep right area of the field.
- The Vikings just don’t throw the ball very much. Their best area would probably be the short middle zone. They are completing 76% of their passes in that area, which is 3rd best in the NFL. However, they don’t go to that zone very often, third most, of all the short zones for the Vikings.
- The Raiders are 4th in the NFL in completion % given up to the deep left zone, with 26%. That’s not good for a Vikings team that likes to throw to that area. The Raiders have only been tested in the deep left zone 30 times, which is the 3rd least in the NFL.
- The passing match-ups are bad for the Vikings. Everything they like to do in the passing game, which isn’t much, is currently a strong point of the Raiders’ defensive secondary.
- Look for the Vikings to continue to run the ball and hope they catch Oakland off guard in the passing game.