The 2021 Vikings Year-End Defensive Rankings

Jan 9, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson (7) returns an interception for a 66 yard touchdown as safety Harrison Smith. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports.

The Minnesota Vikings ended their disappointing 2021 campaign with an 8-9 record, missing the postseason altogether and firing their general manager and head coach.

Change is coming.

These are the Vikings definitive year-end defensive rankings.

  • 2nd in Sacks
  • 4th in Defensive 3rd Down %
  • 10th Interceptions
  • 11th in Forced Fumbles Recovered
  • 12th in Defensive EPA/play
  • 12th in Defensive 4th Down %
  • 13th in Takeaways
  • 13th in Passing DefenseDVOA
  • 13th in Completion % Allowed
  • 14th in Redzone TD % Allowed
  • 14th in Rushing TDs Allowed
  • 15th in Passer Rating Allowed
  • 16th in Defensive DVOA
  • 16th in Yards per Point Allowed
  • 20th in 1st Half Points Allowed
  • 21st in Points per Play Allowed
  • 21st in Touchdowns Allowed
  • 22nd in Passing TDs Allowed
  • 24th in Points Allowed
  • 25th in Rushing Defense DVOA
  • 25th in Yards per Pass Allowed
  • 25th in 2nd Half Points Allowed
  • 26th in Yards per Play
  • 26th in Rushing Yards Allowed
  • 26th in Defensive Penalties
  • 26th in Defensive Penalty Yards
  • 28th in Passing Yards Allowed
  • 29th in Yards per Rush Allowed
  • 30th in Yards Allowed
  • 30th in First Downs 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).