by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (12/4/13) The Vikings won their third game of the season Week 13 vs. Chicago, rallying for a 23-20 overtime win. The Vikings' defense made a late stand, shutting out Chicago in the fourth quarter and overtime, but Minnesota still ended up surrendering 480 yards -- the second-most yards the Vikings have allowed this season.
The Vikings will look for their first two-game winning streak Week 14 at Baltimore. Luckily for the defense, the Ravens don't have a high-powered offense. Baltimore ranks 29th in total offense (309 yards per game) and 25th in scoring offense (20.8 points per game).
Still, the Vikings have had trouble slowing down everyone this season. They haven't held an opponent under 20 points and have held just one opponent under 300 total yards in 12 games.
DSTs are averaging 11.4 Fantasy points per week against the Ravens, which is the eighth-highest average. Only three times have DSTs scored less than 10 points against the Ravens, with the Steelers doing it twice.
While on paper it looks like a favorable matchup, you have to be real gutsy to start the Vikings DST Week 14.
Jared Allen records sack, forced fumble Week 13
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (12/2/13) Vikings defensive end Jared Allen finished with four tackles (three solo), one sack and one forced fumble during a 23-20 overtime win Week 13 vs. Chicago. Allen, who has six sacks in 12 games, managed just 1/2 sack in his previous five games.
Allen has totaled 39 tackles (24 solo) this season.
Andrew Sendejo has another double-digit tackle performance
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (12/2/13) Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo tied linebacker Chad Greenway for the team lead with 10 tackles (five solo) during a 23-20 overtime win Week 13 vs. Chicago. It was the third time in four games Sendejo had at least 10 tackles.
Sendejo has a career-high 70 tackles (43 solo) through 12 games.
Chad Greenway playing with fractured wrist
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (12/2/13) Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway is proving to be one tough football player. Greenway briefly left Sunday's game against the Bears with a right wrist injury, which he revealed after the game that he's been playing with a fracture in the wrist since October.
Greenway initially sprained his wrist Oct. 21 against the Giants and fractured it six days later against the Packers. He has been able to play through the injury, but he admitted it has been tough tackling at times.
"It's been difficult with my grip, especially, in my right hand," he said, per ESPN. "We tape the heck out of it."
Greenway did record a team-high 10 tackles (six solo) and one sack Sunday. It's been just his second double-digit tackle game since Oct. 21. Still, Greenway surpassed 100-plus tackles for the fourth straight season Sunday.
"This organization has been far too good to the Greenways for me to [sit out this year]," he said. "These guys around this locker room, as trying as this season has been, I love these guys and it hasn't been easy, but we stay together."
Vikings give up 480 yards in Week 13 overtime win
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (12/1/13) The Vikings defense made a late stand Week 13 vs. Chicago, which allowed the offense to rally from a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit to pull out a 23-20 overtime win. Chicago finished with 480 yards, including 135 rushing.
The Vikings defense held Chicago to a pair of first-half field goals, but got burned in the third quarter by Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery, who had touchdown catches of 46 and 80 yards. Bears quarterback Josh McCown had a productive day, totaling 355 passing yards.
The Vikings finished with four sacks and forced one turnover on a fumble. The Vikings are back in action Week 14 at Baltimore.
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There's room for optimism when it comes to the Vikings DST. Rebounding from an awful 2011, the unit totaled five touchdowns – two on returns, three on defense – and 44 sacks but just 10 interceptions. They were ranked 11th vs. the run (105.8 yards per game allowed) and ninth against the pass (244.2 yards per game allowed). There's hope for the future after they replaced veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield with rookie Xavier Rhodes and added defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd to their line. Their schedule is tough but not as dangerous as others. For now they're among the DSTs you might consider with a final-round pick in drafts. (Updated 5/10/13)