The Vikings 2022 Defense by the Numbers: After Week 3

The Vikings 2022 Defense by the Numbers: After Week 3
Sep 25, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Jordan Hicks (58) and safety Camryn Bynum. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports.

The Minnesota Vikings have three games in the books in 2022, with a 2-1 record heading into Week 4.

Rookie skipper Kevin O’Connell won for the second time, surviving a topsy-turvy game against the Detroit Lions, 28-24. Next up, the Vikings fly over the Atlantic Ocean to take on the New Orleans Saints in London.

Sep 25, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; The Minnesota Vikings react with fans late during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The Vikings are early 2.5-point favorites versus the Saints, who lost in Week 3 to the Carolina Panthers, 22-14. Minnesota is currently considered around the 9th-best team in the NFL, per an assortment of credible power rankings.

These are the Vikings defensive rankings through Week 3.


  • 3rd in Yards per Point Allowed
  • 5th in Fewest Defensive Penalty Yards
  • 6th in 2nd Half Points Allowed
  • 7th in Fewest Defensive Penalties
  • 8th in Points per Play Allowed
  • 9th in Points Allowed
  • 11th in INT %
  • 12th in Sacks
  • 12th in Most Takeaways
  • 13th in Defensive 3rd Down Conv %
  • 14th in Passer Rating Allowed
  • 14th in TDs Allowed
  • 17th in Sack %
  • 18th in Defensive EPA/Play
  • 18th in Yards per Rush Allowed
  • 19th in Redzone TD % Allowed
  • 20th in Passing Defense DVOA
  • 21st in 1st Half Points Allowed
  • 24th in Rushing Yards Allowed
  • 25th in Defensive DVOA
  • 26th in Yards per Play Allowed
  • 26th in 1st Downs Allowed
  • 28th in Completion % Allowed
  • 28th in Yards per Pass Allowed
  • 29th in Passing Yards Allowed
  • 30th in Yards Allowed
  • 31st in Rushing Defense DVOA
  • 31st in Rushing TDs 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).