The Vikings 2022 Defense by the Numbers: After Week 11

The Vikings 2022 Defense by the Numbers: After Week 11
Dec 9, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports.

The Minnesota Vikings have 10 games in the books in 2022, with an 8-2 record exiting Week 11.

Rookie head coach Kevin O’Connell lost for a second time in Week 11, thanks to a trouncing from the Dallas Cowboys, 40-3. Next up, the Vikings remain at home to play the 6-4 New England Patriots, the sixth seed in the AFC’s evolving playoff picture.

The Vikings Are the Worst 8-2 Team in NFL History, by the Numbers.
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The Vikings are three-point favorites at home against New England, who stunningly beat the New York Jets in Week 11 courtesy of a late-game punt return touchdown.

These are the Vikings defensive rankings through Week 11.

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


  • 3rd in Takeaways
  • 8th in INT %
  • 10th in Fewest Defensive Penalties
  • 10th in Fewest Defensive Penalty Yards
  • 11th in Yards per Point Allowed
  • 13th in Rushing Defense DVOA
  • 14th in Defensive 4th Down Conv %
  • 14th in Yards per Rush Allowed
  • 14th in Sacks
  • 15th in Defensive EPA/Play
  • 16th in Sack %
  • 16th in Passing TDs Allowed
  • 18th in Defense DVOA
  • 18th in Rushing Yards Allowed
  • 18th in Points per Play Allowed
  • 19th in Points Allowed
  • 19th in Passing Defense DVOA
  • 20th in 1st Half Points Allowed
  • 20th in TDs Allowed
  • 22nd in Defensive 3rd Down Conv %
  • 23rd in Passer Rating Allowed
  • 24th in 2nd Half Points Allowed
  • 25th in Rushing TDs Allowed
  • 29th in Yards Allowed
  • 30th in Points per Play Allowed
  • 30th in 1st Downs Allowed
  • 31st in Yards per Pass Allowed
  • 31st in Completion % Allowed
  • 31st in Passing Yards 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).