Stats Don't Lie: Minnesota Viking's Pass Defense Suspect at Best

Steve SmithContributor IOctober 21, 2009

CINCINNATI - SEPTEMBER 27:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers throws a pass during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on September 27, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

I believe the stats will tell us what will happen on Sunday.

Here are the Vikings pass defense stats through the first six games:


  • Points per game:           20.2         15th
  • Passing yards allowed:  1,490         7th
  • Yards per completion:      7.8         26th
  • Yards per game:          248.3         24th
  • First-down percentage:  36.1         24th
  • Plays of 20+ yards:          24         T-30th (with Cleveland)
  • Opponent passer rating: 91.0         23rd
  • Touchdowns against:         9         T-22nd (with five others)

The Steelers will have the pass when and where they want it.

A major blow to the Vikings secondary will be the likely absence of Antoine Winfield. I say pass first to set up the beautiful long runs of Mendy and Parker.