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The 2020 Vikings Season in 20 Stats

The proceedings 20 statistics about the 2020 Minnesota Vikings are not necessarily the best, worst, most interesting, or shell-socking, but they illuminate several mathematical facts about the franchise. Mike Zimmer’s bunch finished the pandemic campaign at an underwhelming 7-9 mark, so this array of numbers is not an ode to majesty.


But you will close your browser window having learned several truisms.


1. Minnesota was the NFL’s worst field-goal kicking team — 68.2%.

2. The Vikings led the NFC in Missed Tackles.

3. Kirk Cousins tossed 3+ Passing TDs in 8 games. This was 2nd-most leaguewide behind Aaron Rodgers (12).

4. Dalvin Cook had the 2nd-most Yards From Scrimmage for a single season in Vikings history. He was only outdone by Adrian Peterson in 2012.

5. The Vikings were flagged for 650 Penalty Yards in 2020 — the fewest for the franchise since 1990.

6. Per average annual salary, Kyle Rudolph was the 5th-highest paid TE in the NFL. He was the 40th-most targeted TE during 2020.

7. The Vikings ranked 4th in NFL for Yards Per Pass but passed the football the 6th-least compared to other teams.

8. Irv Smith Jr.’s 5 Touchdowns was the most by a TE not named ‘Kyle Rudolph’ since 2008 (Visanthe Shiancoe — 7).

9. Minnesota turned the ball over 23 times — the most in a season during the Zimmer Era.

10. Justin Jefferson was 2nd in NFL for 100+ Receiving Yards games (7) behind Calvin Ridley (8).

11. The Vikings ranked 29th in Points Allowed. In 2017, they were the tops in the industry for this parameter.

12. Dalvin Cook was 2nd in the NFL in Rushing Yards and 2ndin Rushing TDs while missing two games.

13. Since the start of 2015, Kirk Cousins is the only quarterback in the league to have 25+ TD Passes in each season.

14. In Quarterback Pressure % (on defense), the Vikings were 3rd-worst in the business (18.2%) behind the Titans and Lions. 


15. Adam Thielen had more Receiving TDs than DeAndre Hopkins and Justin Jefferson — combined.


16. The Vikings had 23 defensive Sacks in 2020. Two seasons ago, 2018, they registered 50 Sacks.


17. 122 Cornerbacks were graded by Pro Football Focus in 2020. Rookie Cameron Dantzler ranked 26th overall in the league (the top 25%).


18. Justin Jefferson had more 25+ Yard Receptions in 2020 than Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs — combined.


19. The Vikings led the NFL in Points Scored during the 2nd Half of games; The Vikings allowed the most Points in the NFL to opponents in the 2nd Half of Games.

20. The Vikings did not score a Defensive TD all season. They have not scored a Defensive TD since Week 15 of 2019.
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Dustin Baker

Writer. Host of Bleav in Vikings Podcast w/B-Mac & Baker.

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