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.

Related: Minnesota Vikings Offense Rankings 2023 – Week 18

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).

PlayerPosGIntPDFFFRSkCombSoloAstTFLQBHits
Camryn BynumS1729300.5137944321
Jordan HicksLB1315121.0107614642
Harrison SmithS1703303.093603326
Josh MetellusS1715412.51167838710
Harrison PhillipsDL1702003.092444826
Danielle HunterOLB17024016.58354292322
Ivan PaceLB1712112.5102633929
Akayleb EvansCB1517300.065491600
Byron MurphyCB14313110.057431440
D.J. WonnumOLB1506018.0623329715
Jonathan BullardDL1700102.044242032
Mekhi BlackmonCB1518010.04134730
Theo JacksonS1511000.02114701
Dean LowryDL901010.01441000
Patrick Jones IIOLB1701000.03122958
Brian AsamoahLB1300000.072500
Marcus DavenportOLB400002.073424
Andrew Booth Jr.CB1701000.076100
Troy DyeLB1500101.01711612
NaJee ThompsonCB1500000.075200
Jaquelin RoyDL1200000.083511
Sheldon DayDL600010.083510
Andre Carter IIOLB1200000.020200
Andrew DePaolaLS1700000.020200
Khyiris TongaDL1400000.0137601
Jay WardS1700010.074300
Nick VigilILB700000.010100
T.J. SmithDL200000.041300
Anthony BarrLB400010.011000
Joejuan WilliamsCB201000.011000
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

Position1st2nd3rdPractice SquadInjured Reserve/Out
LOLBDanielle HunterAustin BryantJames Lynch
DEJonathan BullardJunior AhoDean Lowry
NTHarrison PhillipsJaquelin RoyT.J. Smith
DTSheldon DayKhyiris Tonga
ROLBPat Jones IIAndre Carter IIQuincy RocheMarcus Davenport/D.J. Wonnum
LILBJordan HicksBrian Asamoah IIAnthony Barr
RILBIvan Pace Jr. Nick VigilWilliam Kwenkeu/Troy Dye
RCBAkayleb EvansMekhi BlackmonJoejuan Williams
LCBByron Murphy Jr.Andrew Booth Jr.
NCBJosh MetellusNaJee ThompsonJaylin Williams
SSHarrison SmithTheo JacksonLewis Cine
FSCamryn BynumJay 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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