This Stat About the Vikings Defense Under Mike Zimmer Will Blow Your Mind

Jason Schandl
The Minnesota Vikings' defense leads the league in an impressive stat under head coach Mike Zimmer.
The Minnesota Vikings' defense leads the league in an impressive stat under head coach Mike Zimmer. / Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images
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Minnesota Vikings fans may be worried about their pass defense heading into the 2020 NFL season, as they lost a bunch of key pieces of the secondary to free agency.

Looking at how well (and how consistently) this team has performed under Mike Zimmer, however, fans can find some peace of mind.

No team keeps passing attacks in check like the Vikings, who give up an average of less than two 300-yard passing games per season. This is absolutely crucial in today's NFL, and it really showcases why Minnesota has had so much success under Zimmer, with double-digit wins in three of the last six seasons, after winning just five games the year before Zimmer arrived.

This is especially impressive when you consider Zimmer's defenses are taking on Aaron Rodgers twice every season. Rodgers has thrown for 300-plus yards against the Vikings only once.

The Vikings also looked to shore up their secondary in the draft, using a first-round pick on TCU cornerback Jeff Galdeny and finding a potential gem in the third round with Mississippi State's Cam Dantzler.

With Zimmer's track record, Vikes fans can feel pretty good about how quickly those two will get up to speed.


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