Minnesota Vikings Defense Rankings 2023 – Final

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How did the Minnesota Vikings defense perform this season? Here, we take a look at various rankings, stats, and information about the Vikings defense throughout the 2023-24 NFL season.

Minnesota lost in week 18, and finished 7-10. The defense was not very good, which was a big problem for Brian Flores and his new defense for much of the second half of the season. Still, it was not the only or main Vikings’ problem this season. So, let’s see how they rank after week 18 of the NFL season.

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Minnesota Vikings Defense Rankings 2023 – Final

Here’s where the Vikings defense ranked among other NFL teams, according to various websites. Some use analytical models, others use human judgement, which is obviously still influenced by all sorts of different defensive statistics, along with eye test and human bias.

By the numbers, Minnesota had a disastrous start to the 2023 season. Then week by week they worked themselves into conversation for one of the league’s best. By seasons end however, the Vikings finished in the middle or near the end in most rankings. Let’s take a look.

PFF (70.6)25th (Wk 18: 21st)

DVOA (-3.9%)11th (Wk 18: 8th)

Defensive Efficiency (55.6)17th (Wk 18: 15th)

Sportsnaut 23rd (Wk 18: 15th)

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Minnesota Vikings Defense – Team Stats

**Through Week 18

Below is how the Vikings defense statistically ranked against the other 31 NFL teams, in points and yards allowed per game. Just like in the main defense rankings the Vikings were ranked pretty high during the middle of the season. But injuries and other causes brought them down to near the middle of the league in these categories.

The Vikings were an absolute juggernaut against the run. And when teams couldn’t run, they would pass, which is mostly why the Vikings ranked near the middle of the pack against opposing pass attacks. Besides the lack of depth at DB, which will be a main need to be filled in the offseason.

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Points allowed per game: 19th (21.3) | Wk 18: 12th

Total yards allowed per game: 16th (333.2) | Wk 18: 16th

Passing yards allowed per game: 24th (234.5) | Wk 18: 18th

Rushing yards allowed per game: 8th (98.7) | Wk 18: 9th

Minnesota Vikings Defense – Player Stats

**Through Week 18

Here are the Vikings statistical leaders for key stats like interceptions (Int), pass deflections (PD), forced fumbles (FF), fumble recoveries (FR), sacks (Sk), combined tackles (Comb), solo tackles (Solo), assisted tackles (Ast), tackles for loss (TFL), and quarterback hits (QBHits).

Player Pos G Int PD FF FR Sk Comb Solo Ast TFL QBHits
Camryn Bynum S 17 2 9 3 0 0.5 137 94 43 2 1
Jordan Hicks LB 13 1 5 1 2 1.0 107 61 46 4 2
Harrison Smith S 17 0 3 3 0 3.0 93 60 33 2 6
Josh Metellus S 17 1 5 4 1 2.5 116 78 38 7 10
Harrison Phillips DL 17 0 2 0 0 3.0 92 44 48 2 6
Danielle Hunter OLB 17 0 2 4 0 16.5 83 54 29 23 22
Ivan Pace LB 17 1 2 1 1 2.5 102 63 39 2 9
Akayleb Evans CB 15 1 7 3 0 0.0 65 49 16 0 0
Byron Murphy CB 14 3 13 1 1 0.0 57 43 14 4 0
D.J. Wonnum OLB 15 0 6 0 1 8.0 62 33 29 7 15
Jonathan Bullard DL 17 0 0 1 0 2.0 44 24 20 3 2
Mekhi Blackmon CB 15 1 8 0 1 0.0 41 34 7 3 0
Theo Jackson S 15 1 1 0 0 0.0 21 14 7 0 1
Dean Lowry DL 9 0 1 0 1 0.0 14 4 10 0 0
Patrick Jones II OLB 17 0 1 0 0 0.0 31 22 9 5 8
Brian Asamoah LB 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 7 2 5 0 0
Marcus Davenport OLB 4 0 0 0 0 2.0 7 3 4 2 4
Andrew Booth Jr. CB 17 0 1 0 0 0.0 7 6 1 0 0
Troy Dye LB 15 0 0 1 0 1.0 17 11 6 1 2
NaJee Thompson CB 15 0 0 0 0 0.0 7 5 2 0 0
Jaquelin Roy DL 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 8 3 5 1 1
Sheldon Day DL 6 0 0 0 1 0.0 8 3 5 1 0
Andre Carter II OLB 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 2 0 2 0 0
Andrew DePaola LS 17 0 0 0 0 0.0 2 0 2 0 0
Khyiris Tonga DL 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 13 7 6 0 1
Jay Ward S 17 0 0 0 1 0.0 7 4 3 0 0
Nick Vigil ILB 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 0 1 0 0
T.J. Smith DL 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 4 1 3 0 0
Anthony Barr LB 4 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 1 0 0 0
Joejuan Williams CB 2 0 1 0 0 0.0 1 1 0 0 0
Team Leaders in BOLD

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Minnesota Vikings Defense – Depth Chart

**Week 18 – Subject to Change

Here is the final depth chart, practice squad and injured reserve list for the Minnesota Vikings defense.

Scheme: Hybrid 3-4

Position 1st 2nd 3rd Practice Squad Injured Reserve/Out
LOLB Danielle Hunter Austin Bryant James Lynch
DE Jonathan Bullard Junior Aho Dean Lowry
NT Harrison Phillips Jaquelin Roy T.J. Smith
DT Sheldon Day Khyiris Tonga
ROLB Pat Jones II Andre Carter II Quincy Roche Marcus Davenport/D.J. Wonnum
LILB Jordan Hicks Brian Asamoah II Anthony Barr
RILB Ivan Pace Jr. Nick Vigil William Kwenkeu/Troy Dye
RCB Akayleb Evans Mekhi Blackmon Joejuan Williams
LCB Byron Murphy Jr. Andrew Booth Jr.
NCB Josh Metellus NaJee Thompson Jaylin Williams
SS Harrison Smith Theo Jackson Lewis Cine
FS Camryn Bynum Jay Ward
**Activated off IR (21-Day Practice Window)

Minnesota Vikings Defense – Coaches

The Vikings defensive coaching staff is made up of the following individuals. The biggest hire of the offseason was new defensive coordinator Brian Flores in an attempt to improve the defense that struggled last season under former defensive coordinator Ed Donatell. The hope now is that they can retain him through the offseason.

Head Coach: Kevin O’Connell

Defensive Coordinator: Brian Flores

Assistant Head Coach: Mike Pettine

Defensive Assistant: Imarjay Albury

Defensive Quality Control: Lance Bennett

Defensive Line: Chris Rumph

Assistant Defensive Line: Patrick Hill

Inside Linebackers: Mike Siravo

Inside Linebackers Assistant: Thad Bogardus

Outside Linebackers: Mike Smith

Assistant Defensive Backs: Michael Hutchings

Defensive Pass Game Coordinator: Daronte Jones

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