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Don't look now, but the Vikings nearly have a top-10 defense. Seriously, once you're done busting a gut, check out these surprising statistics:
Total yards allowed per game: 316.5 (12th)
Passing yards allowed per game: 218.0 (T-10th)
Rushing yards allowed per game: 98.5 (T-10th)
Points allowed per game: 23.0 (T-16th)
Total Sacks: 6.0 (T-7th)
I know, crazy right? Granted two games is a tiny sample size, at this pace the Vikings look very good. If you think about the game on Sunday, what would've happened if the Vikings didn't give up the big throw to Wayne to end the half? Would there have been an overtime in Week 1 if they didn't allow Cecil Shorts to make that amazing grab at the end of the game? Take away the poor play in clutch situations, and the Vikings defense is good enough to beat anybody.
Once the secondary gets a few more games under their belt, this defense will be hard to beat. They won't let receivers behind them as often and might even come up with one of those things fans only see other teams get—interceptions.
Frankly, Christian Ponder should be able to put up over 20 points with the help of Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin alone any given Sunday. If just a couple more playmakers emerge (Rudolph and Jerome Simpson anyone?), then this team has a chance against any opponent.
It will be interesting to see if these stats hold up after the next two weeks when the Vikings face considerably better offenses with San Francisco and Detroit. No matter what, at this point, the defense is a bright beacon of hope for the future.