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.
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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)