Keeping the positive energy going with our second installment in a series recapping the greatest moments of the Minnesota Vikings’ tumultuous 2016 season.
It goes without saying that Minnesota’s season did not end the way fans would have hoped, but the Vikings still managed to produce their finest defensive year since 1995. During the team’s five-game win streak to open the season, Mike Zimmer’s defense was essentially impenetrable, posting a long list of ridiculous statistics:
Oh. My. God. pic.twitter.com/sFqgS5kZu0
— ATL Podcast (@VikingsATLPod) October 19, 2016
Over the course of the entire year, the Vikings defense came in at No. 3 in yards allowed (5,038), No. 6 in points allowed (307) and No. 9 in Football Outsiders‘ efficiency-measuring statistic, DVOA, which is determined by a collection of situational details. And if it weren’t for a couple of stinkers against the Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers (ew) late in the year, these rankings would have been even higher.
Naturally, Minnesota’s star-studded, Super Bowl-caliber defense produced an endless supply of highlight-reel moments, which we collected and attributed rankings to below.
Be sure to check out our offensive play rankings as well, and keep an eye out for the remaining articles in our series highlighting the most thrilling Vikings moments from the 2016 season.
- 1. Vikings’ Top-5 Offensive Plays in 2016
- 2. Vikings’ Top-5 Defensive Plays in 2016
- 3. Vikings’ Top-5 Special Teams Plays in 2016
- 4. Vikings’ Top-5 Individual Performances in 2016
- 5. Vikings’ Top-5 Individual Seasons in 2016
- 6. Vikings’ Top-5 Team Performances in 2016
- 7. Vikings’ Top-5 Season-Defining Moments in 2016