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10 Vikings Numbers of Note: Defense Stingy on Scoreboard, 1st Downs

The Vikings (5-0) have reached their bye week as the NFL's only unbeaten team and are near the top in multiple statistical categories on defense, including fewest points allowed per game (12.6).

Minnesota has won eight straight regular-season games for the first time since a run of nine from 2002-03.

The next Vikings game will be a visit to Philadelphia (3-1) at noon (CT) on Oct. 23.

Here are 10 numbers of note:

3.5 — yards allowed per play by the Vikings defense on first downs, the stingiest in the league and a factor in creating second-and-long and third-and-long situations that allow Minnesota to pressure quarterbacks

4 — Vikings with 3.0 or more sacks this season (the most in the NFL); Minnesota is tied for the league lead with 19 total; Everson Griffen (4.0), Danielle Hunter (4.0), Brian Robison (4.0) and Linval Joseph (3.0) have combined for 15 sacks

9 — times, including 2016, the Vikings have gone through their first five games of a season without a loss; most recently, Minnesota opened 2009 with six straight wins; the 1975 team opened the season with a franchise-best 10 wins in a row

10 —Vikings players have recorded at least one tackle for loss, led by Robison (6.0), Griffen (5.0) and Joseph (5.0); Minnesota has 33 tackles for loss this season

11 —receptions for Kyle Rudolph this season on third downs, tied for fourth-most in the NFL; two of Rudolph's team-leading three touchdown catches have occurred on third downs

16.5 —punt return average for Marcus Sherels this season, which ranks third in the NFL and includes return touchdowns of 54 at Carolina and 79 against Houston; the NFL average is 8.9 per punt return, and the Vikings have allowed 7.9 yards per punt return

29.9 — NFL-leading kickoff return average for Cordarrelle Patterson; the NFL average is 21.6 per kickoff return, and the Vikings have allowed 24.6 per kickoff return

63 —points allowed by the Vikings this season, which is 20 points fewer than Minnesota allowed in its first five games of 2015; the total is also the lowest through five games since 1977 (49 points allowed) and the eighth-lowest in franchise history

109.8 —passer rating for Sam Bradford through four starts, which ranks second in the NFL; Bradford is 88-of-125 passing (70.4 completion percentage) with six touchdown passes and zero interceptions

144 —rush attempts by the Vikings (including snaps taken for quarterback kneel-downs); while the Vikings would like more than 353 rush yards and 2.5 yards per carry to show for it, they've remained committed to the run game and used it to help control the clock; Minnesota has run the ball 39 times more than its opponents this season

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