The Vikings 2022 Defense by the Numbers: After Week 5

The Vikings 2022 Defense by the Numbers: After Week 5
Oct 2, 2022; London, United Kingdom; Minnesota Vikings safety Camryn Bynum. Mandatory Credit: Peter van den Berg-USA TODAY Sports.

The Minnesota Vikings have five games in the books in 2022, with a 4-1 record heading into Week 6.

Rookie coach Kevin O’Connell won for a fourth time, thanks to a game-winning drive by Kirk Cousins and a defensive yank-away from Cameron Dantzler. Next up, the Vikings head to Florida for a date with the Miami Dolphins.

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The Vikings are early three-point favorites at the Dolphins, who lost in Week 5 to the New York Jets, 40-17.

These are the Vikings defensive rankings through Week 5.


  • 2nd in Fewest Penalties
  • 2nd in Fewest Penalty Yards
  • 5th in 4th Quarter Points Allowed
  • 8th in Yards per Point Allowed
  • 12th in Sack %
  • 12th in Sacks
  • 13th in Defensive 3rd Down Conv %
  • 13th in TDs Allowed
  • 13th in Takeaways
  • 13th in 2nd Half Points Allowed
  • 14th in Points Allowed
  • 14th in Points per Play Allowed
  • 15th in Yards per Rush Allowed
  • 16th in 1st Half Points Allowed
  • 19th in Defensive INT %
  • 19th in 1st Downs Allowed
  • 20th in Rushing Yards Allowed
  • 21st in Defensive EPA/Play
  • 22nd in Passing Yards Allowed
  • 23rd in Rushing Defense DVOA
  • 23rd in Passer Rating Allowed
  • 24th in Yards Allowed
  • 26th in Yards per Play Allowed
  • 26th in Passing Defense DVOA
  • 28th in Defensive DVOA
  • 28th in Rushing TDs Allowed
  • 29th in Yards per Pass Allowed
  • 29th in Defensive Redzone TD % Allowed
  • 31st in Completion % Allowed


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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).