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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 1:22 pm    Post subject: Purple People Punishers - The Defense Reply with quote

Someone made a comment within the last week about how we should discuss Zimmer's improvements on defense. This is one forum to do that.

I'm going to get it started by just pointing out where the Vikings are defensively ranked after 3 weeks in several key categories:

Points Against: 5th overall (50 pts against)...behind the Jets, Panthers, Broncos, and Cardinals

Yards per Play: Tied for 10th overall (5.2 yds)

Takeaways: Tied for 6th overall (6)

1st downs by penalty: Tied for 3rd overall (10)

Net yards per pass: 6th overall (5.8 yds)

Rushing Yards per attempt:
Tied for 24th (4.3 yds)

Percentage of Drives ending in a score:
Tied for 7th (30.0%)

All stats taken from pro-football-reference.com
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm really hoping week 1 was a fluke.. and Zimmer has said as much.. if the Vikings defense can continue like they have the last 2 weeks.. they will keep moving up the statistical charts.

love Zimmer's defense and the players he has chosen to play it.. they are fun to watch..

would love to see the D-backs start to make more plays on the ball..
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 2:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Purple People Punishers Reply with quote

disaacs wrote:
Rushing Yards per attempt:[/b] Tied for 24th (4.3 yds)
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2.9 yards per rushing attempt in last two games though, for 6th in the league.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder how the stats would look if you remove that weird Week 1 performance.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Vikings performance at defending the run against the 49ers has been documented ad nauseum, but Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press credited a meeting between defensive linemen during the aftermath as part of the reason Minnesota has been stingy since. Everson Griffen, one of four season-long captains, did most of the talking, or at least the loudest, at the meeting.

Scott Crichton:Everson was ticked off. He was just shouting at everybody: ‘We worked too hard for this!’ And he definitely was right. All of the veteran guys, they were really just mad because that was the No. 1 thing we wanted to fix in the offseason was the run defense.”

Linval Joseph: “Everybody was mad because we practiced really, really hard this offseason and in training camp. Then we went out there and we didn't do anything that we were coached to do.”

http://www.vikings.com/news/lunch-break/article-1/Anthony-Barr-key-part-of-Vikings-Barrage-on-QBs-/0d31e6cc-472b-485f-b6ea-f4e08a9d7d97?campaign=sf13731812+sf13731812
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heimdallr wrote:
I wonder how the stats would look if you remove that weird Week 1 performance.


Well, for one, subtracting 230 yards rushing from that 1st game would put the Vikes run D at about 64 yds/game, which is solid, very-very solid.

The pass defense is excellent and getting better.

Great tests upcoming at Denver, at Detroit, at Raiders, host Pack, at Falcons and at the Cardinals are all major offenses right now. If the Vikes hold their own in those games defensively, this unit could rank #1 overall for the season . . . big if, and as long as the team is winning, I'm good with them being top 5 Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am not ready to buy into any numbers. I know it's exciting to have two home games in a row where the defense kicks butt but this week is the test. Denver on the road. If the defense holds them under 20 points regardless of a win then we have a real defense here. This is the game. We all know it and I'm excited too. It's time to take on a big guy. Win or lose let's bruise him and grow.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bermuda Viking wrote:
I am not ready to buy into any numbers. I know it's exciting to have two home games in a row where the defense kicks butt but this week is the test. Denver on the road. If the defense holds them under 20 points regardless of a win then we have a real defense here. This is the game. We all know it and I'm excited too. It's time to take on a big guy. Win or lose let's bruise him and grow.


Peyton Manning and the Broncos passing offense has been dreadful this year. I dont think it really is that much of a test. Manning isnt the same player. The Broncos have no Oline and run game. I expect another strong defensive performance.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Arizona, Oakland, Atlanta and Green Bay should all be bigger tests than Denver.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i only just wandered in this thread, i had no idea what the title meant.

maybe make it "Purple People Punishers - 2015 Defense" or something like that?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

paradise lost wrote:
i only just wandered in this thread, i had no idea what the title meant.

maybe make it "Purple People Punishers - 2015 Defense" or something like that?


Sorry for the confusion. I thought people would understand, considering how punishing the defense has been.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last three games:

Calvin Johnson: 10-83-1
Keenan Allen: 12-133-2
Demaryius Thomas: 9-93

I'm not sure if this is part of the gameplan, or if there's something more to it.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Basically all of Keenan Allen's yardage and one touchdown was In garbage time.

DeMaryius was left wide open at times though.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Xavier Rhodes has not picked up where he left off last year.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Given how RHodes has struggled this year and seems to have trouble playing tight coverage without getting penalties, is there any chance that he could play safety? He is a big DB, he is a good tackler, and has good awareness, and playing safety would get rid of most of his holding/interference penalties.

Having Rhodes as a rangy FS would also allow Harrison to play more at the line of scrimmage, and Trae Waynes could step in at CB.
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