The Cleveland Browns got an ugly win over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 4. The 14 – 7 score underscores the difficulty of the Browns offense to make plays when needed and the defense’s ability to limit a high-powered offense when needed.
We looked through the positives and negatives of the game earlier and noted how sometimes the boxscore doesn’t tell the whole story of a game or a player’s performance.
Pro Football Focus’ rise to prominence comes from their grading system helping to quantify that which can be seen but doesn’t show up in any boxscore. Did a player look bad but have a few big plays to boost a stat line? Did a player look great but not get the credit for a specific measurement? What about the offensive line which has very little in ways of measurable performance?
That is where PFF comes in and helps us get a better feel for the game. Never perfect, the help of their grades give context to players’ performance: