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The Vikings 2022 Defense by the Numbers after Week 16


The Vikings 2022 Defense by the Numbers After Week 16
Sep 19, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports.

Each week, VikingsTerritory tracks the 2022 Minnesota Vikings defense by the numbers. This is the after-Week-16 edition.

The Vikings have 15 games in the books in 2022, with a 12-3 record exiting Week 16.

Rookie head coach Kevin O’Connell won for the 12th time in Week 16, thanks to a walkoff field goal from Greg Joseph. Next up, the Vikings hit the road to play the 7-8 Green Bay Packers, the 10th seed in the NFC’s playoff chase. Green Bay has a 27% of reaching the postseason, per FiveThirtyEight.com.

Numbers After Week 16
Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson. © JAMIE GERMANO / USA TODAY NETWORK.

The Vikings are three-point underdogs against the Packers, a team that defeated the Miami Dolphins on Christmas courtesy of bizarre Tua Tagovailoa interceptions. If the Packers beat the Vikings in Week 17 and the Detroit Lions in Week 18, they have a very real shot at the postseason.

The Vikings 2022 Defense by the Numbers after Week 16

  • 6th in Fewest Defensive Penalties
  • 8th in Takeaways
  • 9th in Defensive 3rd Down Conv %
  • 10th in Fewest Defensive Penalty Yards
  • 10th in Defensive 4th Down Conv %
  • 10th in 4th Quarter Points Allowed
  • 11th in Yards per Point Allowed
  • 14th in Defensive EPA/Play
  • 15th in Redzone TD % Allowed
  • 15th in Sacks
  • 15th in Passing TDs Allowed
  • 16th in Passing Defense DVOA
  • 17th in TDs Allowed
  • 17th in INT %
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Dec 20, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports.
  • 18th in Yards per Rush Allowed
  • 18th in Rushing TDs Allowed
  • 19th in Rushing Yards Allowed
  • 22nd in Defensive DVOA
  • 23rd in Sack %
  • 24th in Passing Defense DVOA
  • 24th in Points per Play Allowed
  • 25th in Passer Rating Allowed
  • 26th in Completion % Allowed
  • 27th in 2nd Half Points Allowed
  • 28th in Points Allowed
  • 28th in 1st Half Points Allowed
  • 29th in 1st Downs Allowed
  • 31st in Yards Allowed
  • 31st in Yards per Play Allowed
  • 31st in Yards per Pass Allowed
  • 32nd in Passing Yards Allowed

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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