Football Outsiders: Vikings have one of four worst run defenses in NFL

The 2021 Vikings struggled in a number of areas, and the run defense was one of the big ones. They allowed 4.7 yards per carry, which ranked 30th in the NFL. They were 26th in total rushing yards allowed per game, 25th in run defense DVOA, and 29th in rushing EPA per play allowed.

Thus, heading into the 2022 season, it shouldn’t be too surprising to see the Vikings near the bottom of any ranking of NFL run defenses. Football Outsiders’ Aaron Schatz, Mike Tanier, and Derrik Klassen recently put together a run defense tier listand they had the Vikings as one of four teams in the bottom (D) tier, along with the Giants, Chargers, and Falcons.

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