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10 Vikings End of 2014 Numbers of Note

1 — season in the books for Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer, a longtime successful defensive coordinator who finally received his first opportunity at the helm almost a year ago; Zimmer was able to keep his imprint on the defense while establishing the overall foundational identity of the team and working more directly with offensive players; he was also able to experience a bevy of game management scenarios that challenge head coaches each week

5 — team-high and career-high interceptions for safety Harrison Smith, including an 81-yard return for a touchdown in the season opener at St. Louis; the Vikings finished with 13 interceptions on the season, including three by Josh Robinson and two by Captain Munnerlyn

7th — final ranking for pass yards allowed (223.3) per game in 2014 by the Vikings; it was the highest ranking for any team in the NFC North, and a dramatic improvement over the previous season in which Minnesota ranked 31st and allowed 287.2 yards per game

9 — rushing touchdowns this season for Matt Asiata, who led the Vikings with 164 carries and 570 yards; Asiata tied with Green Bay's Eddie Lacy and New Orleans' Mark Ingram for third-most rushing touchdowns this season, and he added a receiving TD and a pair of two-point conversions for 64 total points, which tied for ninth in the NFL

12 — career-high sacks for Everson Griffen in his first year as a starting defensive end, which was fourth-most in the NFC and tied for ninth in the NFL; Griffen also led the Vikings with 21 tackles for loss and 70 quarterback hurries; opponents devoted increased resources and altered their game plans away from Griffen as the season went on, but he kept working hard and playing the system

18 — team leading number of passes defended by Xavier Rhodes, who made one of the largest breakthroughs in his second season over his rookie year; Rhodes combined his large frame with physical play and refined technique under Zimmer; Rhodes even added shadowing Detroit's Calvin Johnson and Chicago's Alshon Jeffrey the second time the Vikings played those NFC North foes

View exclusive images shot by the team photographer from the 16th game of 2014 as the Vikings took on the Bears at TCF Bank Stadium.

19 (and 20) — final number of takeaways and giveaways by the Vikings this season for a turnover differential of minus-1; the Vikings recorded 13 interceptions and six fumble recoveries and suffered 18 interceptions and two fumbles lost; the importance of turnover margin is largely revealed by the teams who made the postseason, with Indianapolis (-5) being the only team to make the playoffs with a negative margin; Cleveland and Atlanta were the only two teams to finish with positive turnover margins and losing records  

59 — receptions for Greg Jennings, who also led the Vikings in receiving yards (742) and TD catches (six); it was the second year in a row for Jennings to finish atop the team list in all three categories; Jennings showed savvy and sensational plays, executing the tight rope along the sidelines multiple times and coming up with a critical one-handed grab to convert a third down in Sunday's season-ending win over the Bears; Jennings led the Vikings with 19 catches on third downs

64.4 — completion percentage by Teddy Bridgewater in starting 12 of the 13 games he played; the percentage broke Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton's franchise rookie record of 56.1 in 1961; Bridgewater's percentage is the third highest by a rookie in NFL history, behind Ben Roethlisberger's 66.4 in 2004 and Robert Griffin III's 65.6 in 2012 and helped him set the franchise record for passer rating (85.2) by a rookie, trumping Tarkenton's 74.5

115 — tackles for Chad Greenway (by coaches' tally), which finished second on the team behind Smith's 120; Greenway racked up the tackles despite missing four starts because of rib (three games) and knee injuries that were unable to be overcome by the player who hadn't missed a game since landing on injured reserve in the 2007 preseason as a rookie; his six previous seasons of leading the Vikings in the category tied Scott Studwell's franchise record

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