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NOTEBOOK: The Bad Statistical Categories

Brad Johnson

With the offense scoring only three points against Pittsburgh, the Vikings have pointed toward two key statistics that were lacking. Their performance in one of those categories was a departure for them, but another bad statistic seems to be a trend.

While turnovers may be the most important statistic in pointing toward a winner, the Vikings repeatedly referenced their lack of success on third downs and in the red zone as two primary deficiencies in their offensive game against Pittsburgh. The Vikings lost the battle of turnovers, 3-1; they lost the battle of the red zone; and they lost the competition in third-down conversions. The red zone...

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