Just the Numbers: Vikings Defensive Rankings after Week 11

Oct 31, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Noah Brown (85) and Minnesota Vikings cornerback Cameron Dantzler (27) and safety Harrison Smith (22) during the game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings have 10 games in the books in 2021, winning last weekend over the Green Bay Packers 34-31 in a season-changing home triumph.

Minnesota travels to California for a date with the San Francisco 49ers in Week 12. The 49ers have the same record as the Vikings, 5-5.

These are the Vikings defensive rankings before Week 12.

Please note: Bye weeks are in effect, so all stats are ranked on a per-game basis.


  • 1st in Sacks
  • 5th in Completion % Allowed
  • 7th in Rushing TDs Allowed
  • 8th in Defensive 3rd Down %
  • 8th in Passing Defense DVOA
  • 13th in Defenisve DVOA
  • 13th in Touchdowns Allowed
  • 14th in Defensive EPA/play
  • 14th in Yards per Point Allowed
  • 15th in Passer Rating Allowed
  • 15th in Interceptions
  • 15th in Takeaways
  • 18th in 2nd Half Points Allowed
  • 20th in Passing Yards Allowed
  • 20th in Points per Play Allowed
  • 20th in 1st Half Points Allowed
  • 20th in Defensive Penalties
  • 22nd in Points Allowed
  • 24th in Yards per Pass Allowed
  • 24th in Passing TDs Allowed
  • 25th in First Downs Allowed
  • 25th in Redzone TD % Allowed
  • 26th in Yards per Play Allowed
  • 26th in Defensive 4th Down %
  • 27th in Rushing Defense DVOA
  • 27th in Rushing Yards Allowed
  • 27th in Defensive Penalty Yards
  • 28th in Yards Allowed
  • 31st in Yards per Rush Allowed

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. 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).