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The 2016 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 56th in the National Football League and their third under head coach Mike Zimmer. After starting the season with five consecutive wins prior to their bye week, the Vikings managed just three victories after the bye and were eliminated from playoff contention in Week 16 with a 38–25 road loss to the Packers.[1] They joined the 1978 Redskins, 1993 Saints, 2003 Vikings, 2009 Broncos, 2009 Giants and 2015 Falcons in missing the playoffs after starting 5–0 or better. The Vikings are the only team in NFL history to start 5–0 or better more than once and on both occasions miss the playoffs.

2016 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coachMike Zimmer (games 1–12, 14–16)
Mike Priefer (interim, game 13)
General managerRick Spielman
OwnerZygi Wilf
Home fieldU.S. Bank Stadium
Results
Record8–8
Division place3rd NFC North
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro Bowlers
AP All-ProsKR Cordarrelle Patterson (1st team)
Uniform
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The team's new stadium, U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, opened at the start of the season, with a regular season debut victory on September 18 against division rival Green Bay on NBC Sunday Night Football. It was built on the site of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, the team's home from 1982 through 2013. The Vikings played at the outdoor TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota in 2014 and 2015.

On August 30, starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a season-ending ACL tear and dislocated knee on a non-contact play during team practice.[2] Originally, it was reported that Bridgewater's injury would keep him out for around a year-and-a-half, and on January 27, 2017, it was reported that it was possible he could also miss the entire 2017 season.[3] The extent of Bridgewater's injury prompted the Vikings to make a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles for former number 1 draft pick Sam Bradford, giving up a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft and a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2018 Draft in exchange.[4][5] Adrian Peterson's season was also hit by injury after he tore the meniscus in his right knee in the home opener against the Packers.[6][7] On September 22, Peterson underwent successful surgery to repair the meniscus. It was also revealed that the knee had a mild LCL sprain, but it did not need surgery.[8] He was placed on injured reserve on September 23, 2016,[9] and reactivated on December 17,[10] but only made six rushing attempts before leaving the game, ending his season. Peterson left the team at the end of the season, ending his 10-year tenure with the Vikings.

Contents

OffseasonEdit

DraftEdit

2016 Minnesota Vikings draft[11]
Draft order Player name Position College Contract Notes
Round Selection
1 23 Laquon Treadwell WR Ole Miss 4 years / $9.93 million[12]
2 54 Mackensie Alexander CB Clemson 4 years / $4.3 million
3 86 Traded to the Miami Dolphins[A]
4 121 Willie Beavers G Western Michigan 4 years / $2.88 million
5 160 Kentrell Brothers ILB Missouri 4 years / $2.57 million
6 180 Moritz Böhringer WR Schwäbisch Hall (GFL) 4 years / $2.49 million from 49ers[B]
186 Traded to the Miami Dolphins[C] from Dolphins[A]
188 David Morgan II TE UTSA 4 years / $2.47 million from Eagles[D]
196 Traded to the Philadelphia Eagles[D] from Texans via Patriots and Dolphins[C]
198 Traded to the San Diego Chargers[E]
7 227 Stephen Weatherly LB Vanderbilt 4 years / $2.42 million from Ravens via Dolphins[C]
240 Traded to the Philadelphia Eagles[D] from Bills[F]
244 Jayron Kearse S Clemson 4 years / $2.4 million

Draft trades

  1. ^ a b The Vikings traded their third-round selection (86th overall) to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for Miami's sixth-round selection (186th overall) and 2017 third- and fourth-round selections.[13]
  2. ^ The Vikings traded linebacker Gerald Hodges to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for San Francisco's sixth-round selection (180th) and center Nick Easton.[14]
  3. ^ a b c The Vikings traded the sixth-round selection they acquired from the Miami Dolphins (186th overall) back to the Dolphins in exchange for Miami's sixth-round selection and the seventh-round selection they acquired from the Ravens (196th and 227th overall).[15]
  4. ^ a b c The Vikings traded the sixth-round selection they acquired from Miami and their seventh-round selection (196th and 240th overall) to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for Philadelphia's sixth-round selection (188th overall).[16]
  5. ^ The Vikings traded their original sixth-round selection (198th overall) to the San Diego Chargers in exchange for guard Jeremiah Sirles.[17]
  6. ^ The Vikings traded their 2015 sixth-round selection (187th overall) and quarterback Matt Cassel to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for Buffalo's 2016 sixth-round selection (240th overall) and a 2015 fifth-round selection (137th overall).[18]

Roster changesEdit

Re-signings
Date Player name Position Contract terms
March 7, 2016 Andrew Sendejo S 4 years / $16 million[19]
Adam Thielen WR 1 year / $600,000[20]
March 8, 2016 Audie Cole LB 1 year / $760,000[21]
March 9, 2016 Mike Harris G 1 year / $1.9 million[22]
March 15, 2016 Rhett Ellison TE 1 year / $2.25 million[23]
Marcus Sherels CB 2 years / $4 million[23]
March 16, 2016 Matt Asiata RB 1 year / $840,000[24]
March 18, 2016 Terence Newman CB 1 year / $3 million[23]
Justin Trattou DE 1 year / $810,000[25]
April 11, 2016 Chad Greenway LB 1 year / $2.75 million[26]
April 18, 2016 Zach Line FB 1 year / $1.671 million[27]
September 9, 2016 Joe Berger C 1-year extension[28]
Departures
Date Player name Position Note New team
March 8, 2016 Mike Wallace WR Released[29] Baltimore Ravens
Austin Wentworth OT Waived[29] Retired[30]
March 9, 2016 Casey Matthews ILB UFA
Jason Trusnik ILB UFA
March 14, 2016 Josh Robinson CB UFA Tampa Bay Buccaneers
March 18, 2016 Robert Blanton S UFA Buffalo Bills
April 13, 2016 Alex Singleton LB Waived Calgary Stampeders (CFL)
May 10, 2016 Johnny Lowdermilk S Waived Tampa Bay Buccaneers
July 25, 2016 Phil Loadholt OT Waived Retired
August 25, 2016 Melvin White CB Waived
August 30, 2016 Brad Sorensen QB Waived[31][32]
Terrell Sinkfield WR
Austin Shepherd OT
John Sullivan C
Scott Crichton DL
Antone Exum S
Zach Moore DE
September 3, 2016 C. J. Ham HB Waived
Blake Renaud FB
Isaac Fruechte WR
Moritz Böhringer WR
Willie Beavers OL
Isame Faciane OG
Stephen Weatherly DE
Toby Johnson DT
Brandon Watts OLB
Additions
Date Player name Position Previous team Contract terms
March 10, 2016 Alex Boone G San Francisco 49ers 4 years / $26.8 million[33]
Emmanuel Lamur LB Cincinnati Bengals 2 years / $6 million[22]
March 18, 2016 Andre Smith OT Cincinnati Bengals 1 year / $4.5 million[34]
May 10, 2016 C. J. Ham HB Augustana (NCAA)
August 1, 2016 Terrance Plummer LB Minnesota Vikings
September 3, 2016 Sam Bradford QB Philadelphia Eagles Trade[35]
September 4, 2016 Joel Stave QB Wisconsin (NCAA) Practice Squad[36]
C. J. Ham HB Augustana (NCAA)
Moritz Böhringer WR Schwäbisch Hall (GFL)
Kyle Carter TE Penn State (NCAA)
Willie Beavers OL Western Michigan (NCAA)
Isame Faciane OG Minnesota Vikings
Stephen Weatherly DE Vanderbilt (NCAA)
Toby Johnson DT Minnesota Vikings
Tre Roberson CB Illinois State (NCAA)
September 4, 2016 Shamiel Gary S Miami Dolphins Practice Squad[37]
September 13, 2016 Tre Roberson CB Illinois State (NCAA) Practice Squad
Julian Wilson CB Philadelphia Eagles
September 23, 2016 Ronnie Hillman HB Denver Broncos
October 11, 2016 Jake Long OT Atlanta Falcons 1 year

PreseasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

The Vikings' preseason opponents and schedule was announced April 7.

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 12 at Cincinnati Bengals W 17–16 1–0 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
2 August 18 at Seattle Seahawks W 18–11 2–0 CenturyLink Field Recap
3 August 28 San Diego Chargers W 23–10 3–0 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap
4 September 1 Los Angeles Rams W 27–25 4–0 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: at Cincinnati BengalsEdit

Week 1: Minnesota Vikings at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 10 7017
Bengals 0 7 0916

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Date: August 12
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. EDT/6:30 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 86 °F (30 °C)
  • Game attendance: 50,737
  • Referee: Jerome Boger (23)
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 2: at Seattle SeahawksEdit

Week 2: Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 11 0718
Seahawks 0 0 01111

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

  • Date: August 18
  • Game time: 9:00 p.m. CDT/7:00 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: Sunny, 83 °F (28 °C)
  • Game attendance: 68,469
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli (85)
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 3: vs. San Diego ChargersEdit

Week 3: San Diego Chargers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 0 10 0010
Vikings 6 6 8323

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Week 4: vs. Los Angeles RamsEdit

Week 4: Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 7 0 31525
Vikings 0 13 7727

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: September 1
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: None (domed stadium)
  • Game attendance: 66,262
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich (52)
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
Attendance
1 September 11 at Tennessee Titans W 25–16 1–0 Nissan Stadium Recap 63,816
2 September 18 Green Bay Packers W 17–14 2–0 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap 66,813
3 September 25 at Carolina Panthers W 22–10 3–0 Bank of America Stadium Recap 73,813
4 October 3 New York Giants W 24–10 4–0 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap 66,690
5 October 9 Houston Texans W 31–13 5–0 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap 66,683
6 Bye
7 October 23 at Philadelphia Eagles L 10–21 5–1 Lincoln Financial Field Recap 69,596
8 October 31 at Chicago Bears L 10–20 5–2 Soldier Field Recap 60,422
9 November 6 Detroit Lions L 16–22 (OT) 5–3 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap 66,807
10 November 13 at Washington Redskins L 20–26 5–4 FedExField Recap 78,216
11 November 20 Arizona Cardinals W 30–24 6–4 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap 66,808
12 November 24 at Detroit Lions L 13–16 6–5 Ford Field Recap 63,793
13 December 1 Dallas Cowboys L 15–17 6–6 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap 66,860
14 December 11 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 25–16 7–6 EverBank Field Recap 62,701
15 December 18 Indianapolis Colts L 6–34 7–7 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap 66,820
16 December 24 at Green Bay Packers L 25–38 7–8 Lambeau Field Recap 77,856
17 January 1 Chicago Bears W 38–10 8–8 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap 66,808
  • Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: at Tennessee TitansEdit

Week 1: Minnesota Vikings at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 0 121325
Titans 3 7 0616

at Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

Game information

Shaun Hill started at quarterback in the team's first game, as Sam Bradford was rested until the second game.

Week 2: vs. Green Bay PackersEdit

Week 2: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Packers 7 0 0714
Vikings 0 10 7017

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Sam Bradford made his first start for the Vikings in week 2 against the Packers just 15 days after being traded. Despite not having much time to learn the offense, Bradford outplayed Aaron Rodgers but ended up hurting his left hand in the first half due to a hit by Clay Matthews. Bradford finished the game completing 22-of-31 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns, helping lead the Vikings to their first win in their new stadium.

Week 3: at Carolina PanthersEdit

Week 3: Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 2 6 8622
Panthers 10 0 0010

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information

Week 4: vs. New York GiantsEdit

Week 4: New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Giants 0 3 0710
Vikings 7 7 3724

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Week 5: vs. Houston TexansEdit

Week 5: Houston Texans at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Texans 0 6 0713
Vikings 14 10 0731

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Week 7: at Philadelphia EaglesEdit

Week 7: Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 3 0710
Eagles 0 11 7321

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Game information

Sam Bradford faces his former team for the first time after he was traded from the Eagles prior to the start of the season. The Vikings streak came to a halt as they lost the game 21-10.

Week 8: at Chicago BearsEdit

Week 8: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 3 0710
Bears 3 10 7020

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

  • Date: October 31
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 58 °F (14 °C)
  • Game attendance: 60,422
  • Referee: Gene Steratore (114)
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 9: vs. Detroit LionsEdit

Week 9: Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Lions 3 7 06622
Vikings 0 3 67016

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Although it was Stefon Diggs' big day, having caught 13 passes for 80 yards, it wasn't enough as the Vikings dropped 5-3.

Week 10: at Washington RedskinsEdit

Week 10: Minnesota Vikings at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 20 0020
Redskins 7 7 6626

at FedExField, Landover, Maryland

  • Date: November 13
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Sunny, 58 °F (14 °C)
  • Game attendance: 78,216
  • Referee: Pete Morelli (135)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Dick Stockton, Chris Spielman and Kristina Pink
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

This was the last game for Blair Walsh in a Vikings uniform as he was waived days after this game.

Week 11: vs. Arizona CardinalsEdit

Week 11: Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cardinals 7 10 0724
Vikings 7 13 10030

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: November 20
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: None (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 66,808
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman (34)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 12: at Detroit LionsEdit

NFL on Thanksgiving Day
Week 12: Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 7 0 3313
Lions 7 3 0616

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game information

Week 13: vs. Dallas CowboysEdit

Week 13: Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cowboys 0 7 01017
Vikings 3 0 3915

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Head coach Mike Zimmer missed this game after undergoing emergency eye surgery the night before. Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer served as interim coach for the game.[47]

Week 14: at Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

Week 14: Minnesota Vikings at Jacksonville Jaguars – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 6 3 31325
Jaguars 0 9 7016

at EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

  • Date: December 11
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 71 °F (22 °C)
  • Game attendance: 62,701
  • Referee: John Hussey (35)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Laura Okmin
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 15: vs. Indianapolis ColtsEdit

Week 15: Indianapolis Colts at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Colts 10 17 0734
Vikings 0 0 336

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: December 18
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: None (domed stadium)
  • Game attendance: 66,820
  • Referee: Jerome Boger (23)
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Adrian Peterson returned to action and had six carries for 22 yards against the Colts.[10] This was the last game he'd ever play for the Vikings.

Week 16: at Green Bay PackersEdit

Week 16: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 3 10 01225
Packers 14 14 01038

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: December 24
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 37 °F (3 °C)
  • Game attendance: 77,856
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette (42)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

With the loss, the Vikings dropped to 7–8 and were officially eliminated from postseason contention. The loss also made the Vikings the first team to twice start 5–0 or better, and on both occasions miss the playoffs (they also missed the playoffs in 2003 after starting 6–0).

Week 17: vs. Chicago BearsEdit

Week 17: Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bears 0 10 0010
Vikings 7 17 01438

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: January 1, 2017
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: None (domed stadium)
  • Game attendance: 66,808
  • Referee: Terry McAulay (77)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Dick Stockton, David Diehl and Kristina Pink
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

StandingsEdit

DivisionEdit

NFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(4) Green Bay Packers 10 6 0 .625 5–1 8–4 432 388 W6
(6) Detroit Lions 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 346 358 L3
Minnesota Vikings 8 8 0 .500 2–4 5–7 327 307 W1
Chicago Bears 3 13 0 .188 2–4 3–9 279 399 L4

ConferenceEdit

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1 Dallas Cowboys East 13 3 0 .813 3–3 9–3 .471 .440 L1
2 Atlanta Falcons South 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 .480 .452 W4
3 Seattle Seahawks West 10 5 1 .656 3–2–1 6–5–1 .441 .425 W1
4 Green Bay Packers North 10 6 0 .625 5–1 8–4 .508 .453 W6
Wild Cards
5 New York Giants East 11 5 0 .688 4–2 8–4 .486 .455 W1
6[a] Detroit Lions North 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 .475 .392 L3
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[a] Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 9 7 0 .563 4–2 7–5 .492 .434 W1
8 Washington Redskins East 8 7 1 .531 3–3 6–6 .516 .430 L1
9 Minnesota Vikings North 8 8 0 .500 2–4 5–7 .492 .457 W1
10 Arizona Cardinals West 7 8 1 .469 4–1–1 6–5–1 .463 .366 W2
11[b] New Orleans Saints South 7 9 0 .438 2–4 6–6 .523 .393 L1
12[b] Philadelphia Eagles East 7 9 0 .438 2–4 5–7 .559 .518 W2
13 Carolina Panthers South 6 10 0 .375 1–5 5–7 .518 .354 L2
14 Los Angeles Rams West 4 12 0 .250 2–4 3–9 .504 .500 L7
15 Chicago Bears North 3 13 0 .188 2–4 3–9 .521 .396 L4
16 San Francisco 49ers West 2 14 0 .125 2–4 2–10 .504 .250 L1
Tiebreakers[c]
  1. ^ a b Detroit finished ahead of Tampa Bay for the No. 6 seed and qualified for the last playoff spot based on record vs. common opponents — Detroit's cumulative record against
    Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New Orleans was 3–2, while Tampa Bay's cumulative record against the same four teams was 2–3.
  2. ^ a b New Orleans finished ahead of Philadelphia based on better record vs. conference opponents.
  3. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

StaffEdit

2016 Minnesota Vikings staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Pro BowlEdit

Five Vikings were selected for the 2017 Pro Bowl: defensive end Everson Griffen, defensive tackle Linval Joseph, return specialist Cordarrelle Patterson, cornerback Xavier Rhodes and free safety Harrison Smith. Rhodes played in his first Pro Bowl, while Griffen, Patterson and Smith participated in their second; Patterson was the first return specialist in Vikings history to go to two Pro Bowls.[48]Linval Joseph replaced Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald.[49]

Final rosterEdit

2016 Minnesota Vikings final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 13 Inactive, 9 Practice squad

StatisticsEdit

Team leadersEdit

Category Player(s) Total
Passing yards Sam Bradford 3,877
Passing touchdowns Sam Bradford 20
Rushing yards Jerick McKinnon 539
Rushing touchdowns Matt Asiata 6
Receptions Stefon Diggs 84
Receiving yards Adam Thielen 967
Receiving touchdowns Kyle Rudolph 7
Points Kai Forbath 56
Kickoff return yards Cordarrelle Patterson 792
Punt return yards Marcus Sherels 292
Tackles Eric Kendricks 109
Sacks Danielle Hunter 12.5
Interceptions Xavier Rhodes 5
Forced fumbles Linval Joseph
Brian Robison
3

Source: Minnesota Vikings' official website[50]

League rankingsEdit

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 32)
Passing offense 3,836 239.8 18th
Rushing offense 1,205 75.3 32nd
Total offense 5,041 315.1 28th
Passing defense 3,327 207.9 3rd
Rushing defense 1,711 106.9 20th
Total defense 5,038 314.9 3rd

Source: NFL.com.[51]

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