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Vikings Finish Regular Season With NFL’s #2 Rush Defense

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 6, 2010 – 12:15 pm

In a blog entry last week we mentioned that the Vikings still had a shot to finish the regular season with the #1 rushing defense, which would’ve marked the 4th consecutive season they accomplished such a feat.

At the time, they were 4th and right on the heels of the Bengals (#2) and Steelers (#3) and about 5.0 yards per game behind the Packers (#1).

As it turns out, the Vikings were indeed able to close the gap on all 3 teams ahead of them, but they weren’t able to vault up to the #1 spot. The Bengals surrendered 257 rushing yards to the Jets on Sunday night and fell all the way to 7th while the Steelers allowed Miami to net 99 rushing yards, which dropped them to 3rd.

All of that allowed the Vikings to jump up to #2 after holding the NY Giants rushing attack to just 35 yards on Sunday afternoon. The Packers, playing at Arizona against a barely-trying Cardinals club, held the home team to 48 net yards rushing and were able to hold off the Vikings for the #1 spot.

In the end, Green Bay finished the regular season allowing 83.3 rushing yards per game and 3.6 yards per attempt, while the Vikings finished close behind at 87.1 rushing yards per game and 3.9 yards per attempt. Even though the Vikings weren’t able to finish atop the league again in rushing defense, it was good to see them finish the season on a strong note by holding a Giants team that normally runs the ball well to just 35 net yards.

And, after all, boasting the 1st, 1st, 1st and 2nd-best rushing defenses in the last 4 years is nothing at which to scoff.


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23 Responses to “Vikings Finish Regular Season With NFL’s #2 Rush Defense”

  1. By rap99 on Jan 6, 2010 | Reply

    if we want to advance in the playoffs, the pass D, and pass rush better turn it up a few notches.

  2. By Dennis on Jan 6, 2010 | Reply

    A few points scored by our defense for a change certainly wouldn’t hurt the effort as well

  3. By brad on Jan 6, 2010 | Reply

    i agree we need to work on the ‘pass defense”. the cornerback better start reviewing some previous games…arizona and greenbay…as either of them can be our next opponent .

  4. By Vernon on Jan 6, 2010 | Reply

    If we could come up with some better blitz packages we could be more successful.

  5. By paul on Jan 6, 2010 | Reply

    The Giants team last Sunday was not the one that normally runs the ball well, this was there 3rd. string unit.
    Get use to being #2

  6. By richard doricchi on Jan 6, 2010 | Reply

    Way to go Vikings you are the best team out there. i am looking forward to you kicking some butt. Congrats on all the Vikings making it to the Pro Bowl. but i know they arent going to play in it when we are going to the Super Bowl a week later. anyway GO VIKINGS GREAT Job so far lets finish it up V.W.O.

  7. By Lito on Jan 6, 2010 | Reply

    Well done Vikings. Keep it up. Just three more wins for a potential new stadium, Otherwise, the club might become the LA Vikings. it’s been about 3 decades and Vikes have yet to win it’s first SUper Bowl win. Good luck!

  8. By VikingsFanatic on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    Well being top ranked or near the top in run defense is an odd stat. Good teams who have early leads will usually be up there because they force the teams trying to come back to bandon the run and thus give up fewer yards per game. So i dont really put much into that. How about Percy? Listen to that young man speak with such poise after winning the rookie of the year bodes well for his future. Hes all about T_E_A_M.
    Hopefully everyones getting rested. I agree with Vernon as far as better blitz packages being needed. I know were a 4-3 team but we can still overload blitz with a linebacker and a safety. And the corner blitz is being under utilized. Well we got a lil more time to rest and watch other teams beat the snot out of each other this weekend. Lets hope we have a good start out of the gate in the post season and that our road ends with some big smiles iin Miami. GO VIKES!!

  9. By CA Norwegian on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    If you only count home games, what are the stats?

  10. By Canadian Viking on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    I think it is impossible for us to play the cardinals in the next round, they have the worst record of the four teams left which means if they win they will play the Saints. But if Green Bay and Dallas win who do we play? Or for that matter if Green Bay and Philly win who do we play? Three teams tied at 11-5 with the same amount of conference wins.

  11. By jj on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    it goes by seed, not record, the only team the vikes will not face will be th eeagles (6th seed)

  12. By vikeforever on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    that is incorrect the Eagels are the last seed and they play the # 1 seed Saints

  13. By vikeforever on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    I apologize I read the comment incorrect. GO Vikes, no matter who you play

  14. By Canadian Viking on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    Thanks guys

  15. By mike on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    guys vikings 10-0 in dome this year two games till super bowl both in domes hmmm good sign?

  16. By tony on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    If dallas win they go to minn no matter what.
    If phil wins they go to saints
    and the winner of pack card game goes to minn.
    or to saints if dallas wins
    go vikings all the way….favre will lead the way!!!!

  17. By tony on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    to all the favre haters and critics who says favre is finished every time he stubs his toe, and that he will take the vikings down. good thing you wernt holding your breath.I didnt want to say this, But you fools ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

  18. By 4eversteve on Jan 9, 2010 | Reply

    It should not matter who the other team is that they are playing if you want to be the best you have to beat the best, thats the bottom line that why you get to hold up the trophy at end of the final game!

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    You might be # 2 against the run, but look who is ahead of you. NO. 1 the GREEN BAY PACKERS

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