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Monday, December 31, 2007

Vikings final rankings

The final numbers are in, and the Vikings are No. 1 running the ball and defending the run. That's the good news.

The bad news: They finished 28th throwing the ball and last at defending the pass.

Overall, the offense was 13th and the defense was 20th. Based on what I saw this season, though, those rankings should be flipped.

Where the Vikings rank in some other key areas:

* The Vikings' offense was 27th in third-down conversions

* The Vikings' defense was 18th in third-down conversions

* The Vikings tied for ninth with 31 takeaways and tied for 12th with 30 giveaways. Their plus-one net difference was tied for 13th in the NFL.

* Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson was 28th in the NFL, and his completion percentage was 26th, which isn't good enough for a team that runs the West Coast offense. Also discouraging is the fact that he is 30th in interceptions per pass attempt.

* Jackson was 19th in fourth-quarter passing (83.4) but he was not among the top 25 on third downs.

* Adrian Peterson finished second in rushing, sixth in touchdowns and fourth in yards from scrimmage. But one discouraging stat was his third-and-conversion rate. He was just six of nine, tied for 32nd in the NFL. Veteran Chester Taylor was four of five.

* Kicker Ryan Longwell was tied for 14th with nine touchbacks on kickoffs

* Chris Kluwe was eighth in yards per punt, and 16th in net average.

* Aundrae Allison led the NFC with a 28.7 average on kickoffs, and was third in the NFL.

* No Viking was among the top 50 for sacks in the NFL.


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