The Minnesota Vikings have arguably the NFL’s best defense.
Last season, they led the league in fewest points allowed (15.8 ppg) and fewest yards allowed (275.9 ypg), and ranked second in fewest rushing yards allowed (83.6 ypg) and second in fewest passing yards allowed (192.4 ypg).
An argument within that argument that may be more even interesting is just who is the Vikings’ best defensive player.
On their way to a 13-3 record and an appearance in the NFC title game, Minnesota had five defenders named to the Pro Bowl and three were All-Pro. Continue reading
Xavier Rhodes, Harrison Smith
After three seasons experimenting with a playground-style Pro Bowl where captains chose teams from a pool of the league’s top players, the NFL is returning to the traditional AFC-vs.-NFC format for its 2017 all-star game.
There are a couple of new wrinkles: The Pro Bowl will be held in Florida instead of Hawaii, and in the days leading up to the game there will be a “Pro Bowl Skills Showdown” that — hopefully — might be as cool as the old “NFL’s Fastest Man” and QB-challenge competitions I remember from when I was a kid.
Another Pro Bowl tradition is having a lot of players who are voted into the game being replaced by alternates. Continue reading
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Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:
1. Xavier Rhodes, CB, Vikings (NFL) — Clinging to a 13-10 lead late in the first half and backed up against their own goal line, Minnesota needed a big play to avoid falling behind to the Cardinals in what could’ve been their fifth straight loss.
Rhodes made that play.
His interception at the goal line and 100-yard return for a touchdown allowed the Vikings to go ahead 20-10, and they would never trail in Sunday’s 30-24 victory. Rhodes had another interception in the second half, finishing the game with three tackles and two picks. Continue reading