Each Wednesday, we highlight five Vikings stats that really mean something.
101.6 — Teddy Bridgewater’s pass rating under a roof in 2015
Before the Vikings play their final three games outdoors, they might want to try to get a roof built on top of TCF Bank Stadium — and Lambeau Field, too, if the Packers are agreeable. The Vikings have played three games this season in a dome or a stadium with a retractable roof. In those games, Bridgewater has completed 70.7 percent of his passes for an average of 275 passing yards per game, with three touchdowns, one interception and a 101.6 passer rating. Outside? The quarterback has completed just 63.4 percent of his passes for 190.8 yards per game, with six touchdowns, seven picks and a 79.7 passer rating. Perhaps it is a good thing for Bridgewater that the Vikings will move into U.S. Bank Stadium next summer.
168 — receiving yards for the tight ends and fullback last week
Bridgewater threw for a career-high 335 yards in last Thursday’s loss to the Cardinals, but only 112 of those yards went to wide receivers, on 11 combined completions. Bridgewater actually did most of his damage throwing to his tight ends and fullback. Kyle Rudolph, Rhett Ellison, MyCole Pruitt and Zach Line combined for 10 catches for 168 yards against the Cardinals, including receptions of 41, 32 and 24 yards. Hey, if those big guys are getting open and making plays, why not throw it to them?
eight — rookies who have started a game for the Vikings in 2015
Three Vikings rookies made their first NFL start against the Cardinals. That included first-round pick Trae Waynes, who got the start at left cornerback. Six rookies started that game for the Vikings, the most in their 55-season history. Now that Waynes, safety Anthony Harris and outside linebacker Edmond Robinson have joined the club, eight different rookies have started at least one game for the Vikings, who have gotten 34 starts from rookies. Only one of them, right tackle T.J. Clemmings, has started every game.
four — passing TDs of 20-plus yards allowed the past two games
In their first 11 games, the Vikings allowed just five touchdown passes of 20 or more yards. They allowed two apiece in their losses to the Seahawks and the Cardinals. Seattle's Russell Wilson completed 20-yard and 53-yard touchdowns to wide receiver Doug Baldwin. Arizona’s Carson Palmer tossed touchdowns spanning 42 and 65 yards. Now, only seven NFL teams have allowed more passing touchdowns of 20-plus yards, though they are well behind the league leaders, the Jets, who have been burned for 15.
100.3 — yards per game for Alshon Jeffery against the Vikings
The Vikings interestingly chose not to have cornerback Xavier Rhodes shadow Jeffery in their Week 8 win over the Bears. Instead, they kept him on the right and Terence Newman remained on the left. Jeffery victimized the Vikings again with 10 catches, 116 receiving yards and a touchdown. According to PFF, Jeffery got five of those catches for 42 yards and the score against Rhodes. He did the rest against Newman. Jeffery now has 39 catches for 602 yards and five touchdowns in six career games versus the Vikings.