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Refresher: The Vikings 2021 Offense by the Numbers


Refresher: The Vikings 2021 Offense by the Numbers
Jun 8, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. © Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

If you need a guide or refresher to determine how the Minnesota Vikings can improve on offense in 2022, look no further.

Minnesota hired Kevin O’Connell from the Super Bowl-winning Los Angeles Rams in February, a team with whom he led the offense as offensive coordinator. For the first time since 2010, the Vikings will employ a head coach with an offensive background, ending back-to-back regimes with defensive resumes in Leslie Frazier and Mike Zimmer.

The Vikings 2021 offense was a mixed bag, stuffed to the gills with weapons and playmakers but curiously beset by weird stretches of vanilla playcalling. The working theory is that offensive blandness can end with O’Connell.

Refresher: The Vikings 2021 Offense by the Numbers
Aug 20, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

So, have a look at all offensive metrics, and they will illuminate what the Vikings must maintain — and improve.


1st in Fewest Interceptions Thrown
1st in Fewest Giveaways
1st in 15+ Yard Gains
5th in Fewest Sacks Allowed
5th in Passer Rating
6th in 25+ Yard Gains
7th in 40+ Yard Gains
9th in Redzone TD %
9th in Passing TDs
11th in Passing Yards
12th in Yards Gained
12th in Yards per Play
12th in Yards per Pass
12th in Passing DVOA
13th in Completion %
13th in 2nd Half Points Scored
14th in Points Scored
15th in Points per Play
15th in 1st Half Points Scored
15th in 4th Down Conversion %
16th in Offensive DVOA
16th in Touchdowns
16th in Yards per Point
17th in Offensive EPA/Play
17th in Rushing Yards
19th in Offensive Penalties
19th in Yards per Rush
20th in First Downs
24th in Time of Possession
26th in 3rd Down Conversion %
27th in Rushing DVOA
27th in Offensive Penalty Yards
28th in Rushing TDs
31st in 3-and-Out Drives %


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).

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