Vikings In Danger Of Giving Up Most Points In Franchise History


Dec 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) lays on the ground after catching a long pass for a touchdown while being covered by Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook (20) during the second half of the game at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati Bengals beat Minnesota Vikings 42-14. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

It’s time to dive into the dark history of the Minnesota Vikings franchise.  That’s right, all the way back to 1984.

1984 was a very sad year for Vikings fans.  It was the one and only year that the team had head coach Les Steckel.  Not only did the team only manage to get 3 wins, but they gave up a team record 484 poings that season.  The good news for Steckle is that this year’s squad from Minnesota is challenging that team record.

Despite being ravaged by injuries, this year’s Vikings defense has been downright brutal at times.  Here is a list of the number of points given up during each contest this year:

Dec 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) attempts to catch the ball over Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook (20) in the second quarter of the game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions : 34 points

Chicago Bears: 31 points

Cleveland Browns: 31 points

Pittsburgh Steelers: 27 points

Carolina Panthers: 35 points

New York Giants: 23 points

Green Bay Packers: 44 points

Dallas Cowboys: 27 points

Washington Redskins: 27 points

Seattle Seahawks: 41 points

Green Bay Packers: 26 points

Chicago Bears: 20 points

Baltimore Ravens: 29 points

Philadelphia Eagles: 30 points

Cincinnati Bengals: 42 points

If you’re great at adding numbers in your head (which I am not), you’ll notice that the Vikings have given up a total of 467 points.  In order for Minnesota not to have the new record, they need to hold the Detroit Lions under 18 points.  If the Lions score 17 points, this Vikings squad will tie the mark currently held by the worst unit in Vikings history.

This is definitely not the kind of record you want to be trying for, but one that this team desperately needs to avoid.