Skip to main content

News | Minnesota Vikings –

Next-Day Stats: Goff Maxed Out Rating on Intermediate Throws

EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings 29-27 last-play loss to the previously winless Lions Sunday in Detroit severely damaged Minnesota's playoff chances.

Minnesota (5-7) failed to fully capitalize by putting all the points it could have on the scoreboard, and its undermanned defense gave up six points in the final two minutes of each half, surrendering two field goals to close the first half and the game-winning touchdown.

Here's a deeper dive at some "next-day stats" with an eye on the ever-increasing number of Next Gen Stats. References to rankings across the league include all Week 13 games except for tonight's game between the Patriots and Bills.

1. Goff perfects passer rating on intermediates

Jared Goff took advantage of the Vikings missing what Eric Kendricks provides to the defense in pass coverage, as well as Anthony Barr's impact on opposing aerial attacks.

Goff did his most work on short throws, but his best work was logged on intermediates (10 to 20 yards beyond the line of scrimmage).

The former No. 1 overall pick of the Rams was 5-for-6 passing for 84 yards with all three of his touchdowns and no interceptions, good for an NFL-maximum passer rating of 158.3 on intermediate throws.

Those numbers, of course, include the game-winning, 11-yard pass from Amon-Ra St. Brown on fourth-and-2.

According to Next Gen Stats, Minnesota's win probability was 94 percent before the ball was snapped with four seconds remaining.

View game action photos between the Vikings and Lions during the Week 13 matchup at Ford Field.

2. Rapid sack

D.J. Wonnum recorded his third sack of the season and the fastest of Week 13.

Wonnum took down Goff in 2.4 seconds to force a punt in the first quarter.

He benefitted by being unblocked on the play.

Minnesota bluffed a double-A gap blitz between defensive tackles Armon Watts and Sheldon Richardson.

The Lions opted to have their tackles engage with Watts and Richardson. That allowed Wonnum to get a running start.

Jamaal Williams headed to the opposite side of the formation to block defensive end Kenny Willekes, completely freeing up Wonnum, who said "it's definitely a surprise" when scheme leads to him being unblocked.

"We had pressure. We had two linebackers lined up in the A gaps, which kind of took that tackle's eyes off me, and I was able to just go get him," Wonnum said. "So great play call by Coach and executed well."

For what it's worth, the Lions recorded two of the fastest 20 sacks of Week 13. Charles Harris reached Kirk Cousins in 3.7 seconds on one of his two sacks, which ranked 14th. Julian Okwara ranked 20th with a time of 3.84 seconds.

3. Another long play by Nwangwu

Vikings kick returner burst free for a 44-yard kickoff return — his third of 40-plus yards on 10 returns in six games.

Nwangwu topped out at 19.82 miles per hour during the return. The speed was the 12th fastest by a ball carrier in Week 13. His 72.3 yards traveled on the return ranked as the 10th longest play.