Heading into Week 5 of the 2017 season, NFL.com analysts made a number of "bold predictions" about matchups around the league.
Ike Taylor, a former defensive back, used his hot take on the Vikings. He wrote:
The Mitchell Trubisky hype train stops Monday, when shutdown corner Xavier Rhodes picks off the rookie in the opening quarter. It'll be Rhodes' first of the year.
If Rhodes does snag an interception tonight against the Bears, it would mark the eighth of his career. The cornerback had a career-best five interceptions last season, including one against the Bears in January. Rhodes' first career interception occurred at Soldier Field in 2014.
Bucky Brooks also made a prediction related to the *Monday Night Football *game, although this one not in Minnesota's favor. Brooks wrote:
Trubisky's the real deal. In his NFL debut, he throws for 300 yards against a divisional foe in prime time.
PFF grades Diggs as league's top WR
Through the first quarter of the season, Stefon Diggs recorded 22 catches for 391 yards and four touchdowns.
Diggs told Twin Cities media members on Friday that he values wins a lot more than personal yards, but there's no denying his strong start to his third season in Purple.
Recently, analytics site Pro Football Focus listed Diggs as the NFL's highest-graded receiver with an overall PFF grade of 87.9. Mike Guerrelli said that the difference is Diggs being a "more complete player." Guerrelli wrote:
Diggs leads all wide receivers with 3.10 yards per route run this year and is second in passer rating when targeted at 149.9. He has caught eight of his 12 deep targets (20 or more yards downfield) for 218 yards and two touchdowns, both the most of any receiver on deep passes through Week 4.
Guerrelli added that Diggs' run blocking has also improved.
His run-block grade increased from 51.8 in 2015 to 68.6 in 2016, and in 2017 his 76.9 run-block grade ranks fourth at wide receiver.