Minnesota finished first overall by allowing just 15.8 points per game, the first time a Vikings defense had led the league in that stat since 1971. The Vikings also finished first overall in yards allowed per game with 275.9, Minnesota’s best defensive ranking in that stat category since 1993.
And if that wasn’t enough, the Vikings also recorded the top third-down defense since the NFL started tracking third-down percentage in 1991. Minnesota allowed 51 conversions on 202 attempts (25.2 percent).
As the 2018 season looms in a few months, Jared Dubin of CBS Sports recently wrote that he expects Minnesota’s defense to be among the challengers for the NFL’s top unit again.
Remember how we mentioned earlier that the Jaguars finished last season second in both yards and points allowed? Well, these are the guys that finished first. In both categories. The Vikings also ranked second in yards allowed per play, points allowed per drive, and defensive DVOA. They were the only team in the league to finish in the top five in each of those categories, plus the top five in DVOA against both the run and the pass.
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