QB change, Smoot's injury keyed turnaround
Surprisingly, Minnesota's defensive turnaround started with a change on offense and an injury to a heralded free-agent signee.
Through those first seven games, the Vikings gave up 27.5 points per game and had only 10 takeaways, six of them interceptions. Over the course of the next six games -- all Vikings victories -- they have allowed 15.5 points per game, have 22 takeaways and 17 interceptions.
So what has been the biggest factor in the turnaround of this opportunistic defense? Well, it starts on the other side of the ball.
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