The Vikings 2022 Defense by the Numbers: After Week 9

The Minnesota Vikings have eight games in the books in 2022, with a 7-1 record heading into Week 10.

Rookie head coach Kevin O’Connell won for a seventh time last weekend, thanks to a superb Vikings defense and clutch offensive performance in the 4th Quarter. Next up, the Vikings travel to the 6-2 Buffalo Bills, who will either have Josh Allen or Case Keenum at quarterback. Allen injured his elbow against the New York Jets last weekend.

Kevin O'Connell
Kevin O’Connell

The Vikings are five-point underdogs on the road against the Bills, who lost to the Jets, 20-17, at MetLife Stadium.

These are the Vikings defensive rankings through Week 9.

Note: With bye weeks underway, all stats are “per game.”

  • 4th in Yards per Point Allowed
  • 5th in Takeaways
  • 6th in INT %
  • 6th in Sacks
  • 6th in 1st Half Points Allowed
  • 7th in Fewest Defensive Penalty Yards
  • 8th in Defensive 3rd Down Conv %
  • 9th in Yards per Rush Allowed
  • 9th in Sack %
  • 10th in Rushing Yards Allowed
  • 11th in Points per Play Allowed
  • 12th in Points Allowed
  • 12th in Fewest Defensive Penalties
  • 14th in Defensive EPA/Play
  • 16th in Passing Defense DVOA
  • 16th in Rushing TDs Allowed
  • 17th in Defensive 4th Down Conv %
  • 17th in TDs Allowed
  • 19th in Rushing Defense DVOA
  • 19th in Defense DVOA
  • 19th in Passing TDs Allowed
  • 20th in Passer Rating Allowed
  • 20th in 2nd Half Points Allowed
  • 22nd in Yards per Play Allowed
  • 25th in Yards Allowed
  • 25th in 1st Downs Allowed
  • 27th in Passing Yards Allowed
  • 27th in Completion % Allowed
  • 32nd in Redzone TD % 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).