Every Wednesday morning, beat writer Matt Vensel will share five Vikings stats that actually mean something heading into that weekend's game.
30 — throws Sunday by Sam Bradford that took 2.5 seconds or less
In interim offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur's debut as play-caller Sunday, the Vikings relied heavily on quick passes to help prop up an offensive line that has been one of the league's worst in pass protection. According to Pro Football Focus, Bradford released 76 percent of his passes in 2.5 seconds or less. His season average entering the 22-16 overtime loss was 62 percent. As a result, Bradford was pressured on only 27 percent of his dropbacks. Eight of the quarterback's 40 pass attempts were screens to wide receivers. The Vikings had only thrown 21 in their first seven games of the season. Bradford finished with 273 yards and a touchdown on 31-for-40 passing.
4 — missed tackles by Harrison Smith in the loss to the Lions
Smith, the Pro Bowl safety, is one of the team's best tacklers. But he missed four tackles in the loss to the Lions, according to Pro Football Focus, one of which came on Golden Tate's game-winning touchdown in overtime. That matched his total in his previous seven games combined. Tackling has been a team-wide issue, though. According to John Pollard of Catapult Sports, the Vikings last season ranked first in their Tackling Quality stat. This season, they are 24th in the league and 53.8 percent of the passing yards they have allowed have come after the catch, the highest ratio in the league.
99.9 — the Vikings' win probability with 23 seconds left Sunday
How improbable was that comeback? ESPN had the Vikings' win probability at 99.9 percent after their go-ahead score. The Lions were the only NFL team since 2001 to win when down exactly three points with 30 seconds or fewer in the fourth quarter and the ball inside of their own 30-yard line, according to ESPN. Since 2001, other teams in that situation were 0-98. But the Lions didn't just do this against any defense. Without a timeout at their disposal, they pulled it off against a top-ranked Vikings defense that up until that point had allowed only two first downs in the second half.
2 — NFL tight ends who have scored rushing touchdowns in 2016
Because of that stunning collapse, tight end Rhett Ellison's late touchdown in the fourth quarter Sunday, which came on his first NFL carry, got overlooked. It no doubt was a gusty call by Shurmur, but handing the ball to a tight end is not unprecedented. Ellison was actually the second tight end to score a rushing touchdown this season, according to ESPN Stats and Info. Coby Fleener of the Saints scored on a similar goal-line play last month.
80 — Blair Walsh's field-goal percentage the past three seasons
Believe it or not, Walsh, despite his struggles, still ranks 14th in NFL history in career field-goal percentage at 84.2. That is in large part due to the spectacular start to his career, when in his first two seasons he made 89.7 percent. Since then, though, Walsh had made only 80 percent of his field-goal tries. This year, he's 12-for-16. He has also struggled at extra points, not that you need any fancy stats to tell you that. Only Dan Carpenter of the Bills has missed more of them (8) than Walsh (7) since the 2015 rule change to kick them from the 33-yard line. But the Vikings, perhaps holding out hope for the Walsh of 2012 to return, are sticking with him for now.