The Vikings 2022 Defense by the Numbers: After Week 10

Nov 13, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Gabriel Davis (13) makes a catch against Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports.

The Minnesota Vikings have nine games in the books in 2022, with an 8-1 record exiting Week 10.

Rookie head coach Kevin O’Connell won for an eighth time in Week 10, thanks to a wild late-game comeback in Buffalo that wasn’t for the faint of heart. Next up, the Vikings travel home to play the 6-3 Dallas Cowboys, the sixth seed in the NFC’s evolving playoff picture.

Nov 13, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports.

The Vikings are one-point underdogs at home against the Cowboys, who lost to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in Week 10.

These are the Vikings defensive rankings through Week 10.

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


  • 2nd in Takeaways
  • 2nd in Turnover Differential
  • 4th in Yards per Points Allowed
  • 6th in INT %
  • 9th in Defensive 3rd Down %
  • 9th in 4th Quarter Points Allowed
  • 10th in Sacks
  • 11th in Sack %
  • 12th in Points per Play Allowed
  • 13th in Defensive EPA/Play
  • 13th in Defensive Penalty Yards
  • 14th in Points Allowed
  • 14th in Rushing Defense DVOA
  • 14th in 1st Half Points Allowed
  • 15th in Passing Defense DVOA
  • 15th in Defensive Penalties
  • 15th in Yards per Rush Allowed
  • 15th in Passer Rating Allowed
  • 16th in Defensive 4th Down Conv %
  • 16th in TDs Allowed
  • 16th in Rushing Yards Allowed
  • 18th in 2nd Half Points Allowed
  • 19th in Defense DVOA
  • 20th in Rushing TDs Allowed
  • 26th in Completion % Allowed
  • 28th in Yards per Play Allowed
  • 29th in 1st Downs Allowed
  • 29th in Yards Allowed
  • 29th in Passing Yards Allowed
  • 29th in Yards per Pass Allowed
  • 31st in Redzone TD %

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).