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Stats deceiving when it comes to Vikings defense

Points and wins were the only stats the NFL cared about or kept track of from its birth in 1920 through the 1931 season.

Ah, the good old days.

"At the end of the day, all I worry about are points, understanding where we're at, and wins," said Zimmer, head coach of a Vikings team that has won 10 of 14 games.

The Vikings rank fourth in point differential (8.5) behind only Baltimore (15.4), New England (13.6) and San Francisco (11.5).

Zimmer spoke these words to the Star Tribune three weeks ago after Seattle thumped his squad for 37 points in a prime-time shootout.