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3 Stats That Stood Out: Vikings at Packers

The Vikings defeated the Packers 16-0 on Saturday night, recording their first shutout at Green Bay.

Stefon Diggs continued his elevated play against division opponents, and Harrison Smith recorded two interceptions* *in the same game for the first time.

The game had other less famous heroes like David Morgan, who filled in admirably for injured long snapper Kevin McDermott.

The victory — Minnesota's 12th of the season — kept the Vikings in line for a first-round bye in the playoffs. Kicker Kai Forbath and punter Ryan Quigley battled through the cold and performed well.

Here are three stats that stood out:

1. 99.9

Analytics site Pro Football Focus grades every player for each team. Coaches and players don't always agree with the grades, but it would be hard to argue against Smith's performance flirting with perfection.

He has been the highest-graded safety throughout the season and earned a 99.9 in what PFF described as an "utterly dominant performance."

PFF counted five stops and only three completions allowed for a total of 21 yards in addition to the two interceptions. The first pick occurred on Green Bay's first trip inside the red zone, and the second iced the game.

2. 26 pressures and 23 incompletions

Cornerback Trae Waynes recorded the Vikings lone sack of the night.

The vaunted defensive line's approach was to keep Brett Hundley in the pocket rather than pursuing sacks. That doesn't mean that Minnesota didn't pressure the Packers passer, however.

PFF counted a total of 26 pressures (the sack, two quarterback hits and 23 pressures), and a good deal of credit should go to the coverage played by the back end of the defense.

Brian Robison was credited with seven pressures, and Danielle Hunter was credited with five by PFF. Tom Johnson was able to wallop Hundley with a clean hit on another incompletion. Hundley finished 17-of-40 passing for 130 yards with a passer rating of 30.2.

3. Receiver rating of 113.2

The Vikings took some deep shots and narrowly missed on a couple that Case Keenum wanted back.

Keenum, however, had a brilliant throw to Diggs for a touchdown and connected with the receiver for a gain of 17 on his first pass.

Diggs totaled five receptions for 60 yards and the score, producing a wide receiver rating of 113.2.

Keenum finished 14-of-25 for 139 yards and a passer rating of 85.2.

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