All of It: The Vikings Year-End Defense Stats from 2022

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Each week, VikingsTerritory tracks the 2022 Minnesota Vikings defense by the numbers. This is the year-end edition.

The Vikings ended the regular season with a 13-4 record and will host the New York Giants this weekend in the playoffs.

Rookie head coach Kevin O’Connell fired up the best season in franchise history by a first-year head coach. Dennis Green authored an 11-5 campaign 30 years ago in his first crack at leadership, but O’Connell topped the mark.

Defense Stats from 2022
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The Vikings are three-point favorites against the Giants in the Wildcard Round, and the contest will feature two first-year skippers. Here’s how the Vikings finished 2022 on defense by the numbers.

All of It: The Vikings Year-End Defense Stats from 2022


  • 3rd in Fewest Defensive Penalties
  • 3rd in Defensive 4th Down Conv %
  • 4th in Fewest 50+ Yard Gains Allowed
  • 6th in 4th Quarter Defense EPA/Play
  • 6th in Fewest Defensive Penalty Yards
  • 9th in Takeaways
  • 10th in 4th Quarter Points Allowed
  • 12th in Defensive 3rd Down Conv %
  • 14th in INT %
  • 14th in Passing TDs Allowed
  • 16th in Defensive EPA/Play
  • 16th in Yards per Point Allowed
  • 18th in 3rd Quarter Defense EPA/Play
  • 19th in Passing Defense DVOA
  • 19th in 1st Quarter Defense EPA/Play
  • 20th in Rushing Yards Allowed
  • 21st in Redzone TD% Allowed
  • 21st in Sacks
  • 21st in Passer Rating Allowed
  • 22nd in Yards per Rush Allowed
  • 23rd in Rushing TDs Allowed
  • 23rd in Sack %
  • 24th in TDs Allowed
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  • 24th in 40+ Yards Gains Allowed
  • 24th in Completion % Allowed
  • 24th in 2nd Half Points Allowed
  • 26th in Passing Defense DVOA
  • 26th in Points per Play Allowed
  • 26th in 1st Downs Allowed
  • 27th in Defensive DVOA
  • 28th in Points Allowed
  • 29th in 10+ Yard Gains Allowed
  • 29th in 1st Half Points Allowed
  • 30th in Yards per Play Allowed
  • 30th in Yards per Pass Allowed
  • 31st in 3rd Quarter Defense EPA/Play
  • 31st in Yards Allowed
  • 31st in Passing Yards Allowed
  • 31st in 15+ Yard Gains Allowed
  • 31st in 25+ Yard Gains 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 Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).

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