The Vikings 2022 Defense by the Numbers: After Week 4

The Vikings 2022 Defense by the Numbers: After Week 4
Sep 30, 2022; Thundridge, United Kingdom; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports.

The Minnesota Vikings have four games in the books in 2022, with a 3-1 record heading into Week 5.

Rookie skipper Kevin O’Connell won for a third time, thanks to a game-winning 47-yard field goal by kicker Greg Joseph. Next up, the Vikings head home to Minneapolis for a date with the Chicago Bears.

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The Vikings are early seven-point favorites versus the Bears, who lost in Week 4 to the New York Giants, 20-12. 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 4.

  • 2nd in Fewest Penalty Yards
  • 3rd in Fewest Penalties
  • 3rd in Yards per Point Allowed
  • 9th in 2nd Half Points Allowed
  • 11th in Defensive 3rd Down Conv %
  • 11th in Points per Play Allowed
  • 12th in Points Allowed
  • 12th in Takeaways
  • 14th in TDs Allowed
  • 14th in Sacks
  • 16th in 1st Half Points Allowed
  • 17th in INT %
  • 17th in Sack %
  • 17th in Yards per Rush Allowed
  • 19th in Passer Rating Allowed
  • 20th in Passing Defense DVOA
  • 23rd in Defensive EPA/Play
  • 23rd in Rushing Yards Allowed
  • 26th in Defensive DVOA
  • 26th in Passing Yards Allowed
  • 26th in Yards per Play Allowed
  • 27th in Rushing Defense DVOA
  • 27th in Redzone TD %
  • 27th in Yards Allowed
  • 27th in 1st Downs Allowed
  • 29th in Yards per Pass Allowed
  • 30th in Completion % Allowed
  • 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).