By the numbers: For the birds

The Vikings are pumping in another $1.2 million for better stadium lighting, but there still isn’t a resolution on the “bird safe” glass. Plus, get the key league rankings for the Vikings and Dolphins.

As bird advocates continue to try to fight the design of the Vikings’ new stadium, claiming the way the glass is configured could result in the death of potentially millions birds over time as they crash into the structure because the windows will give a false perspective, they got some bad news this week concerning what the Vikings are and aren’t willing to pay for.

Reports from the Minnesota Sports Authority this week said that an add-on to the stadium contract for the installation of additional LED lighting will be paid by the Vikings – at a cost of about $1.2 million.

That figure is approximately the same as the projected cost to install bird-safe glass instead of the glass that is scheduled to be put in. There is no consensus as to whether having stronger LED lighting will have any impact on whether it will make the stadium potentially more or less dangerous to birds, but those who are fighting the cause aren’t happy about the most recent development – a sign that the Vikings are willing to pay for some additions to the stadium, but not others.

It should be noted that the improved lighting inside the stadium has a benefit to the Vikings, as it will make the game experience better for fans inside the building, while the bird-safe glass would have no improvement to the stadium experience itself. However, opponents of the stadium as it relates to the bird issue are asking if changes can be made midstream to matters such as lighting, why not the glass on the outside of the building?

As the stadium passes the 30 percent constructed mark, this is an argument that likely isn’t just going to go away. Every time the Vikings kick in more money for one aspect of the stadium, you can rest assured that those searching for bird-safe glass will find a reason to make the comparisons.

VIKINGS-DOLPHINS BY THE NUMBERS

  • The Vikings have the league’s 28th-ranked offense (15th rushing, 27th passing) and the 11th-ranked defense (23rd rushing, 6th passing).

  • The Dolphins have the 19th-ranked offense (14th rushing, 20th passing) and the 7th-ranked defense (22nd rushing, 4th passing).

  • Minnesota is averaging 313 yards a game (201 passing, 112 rushing). Miami is averaging 337 yards a game (225 passing, 113 rushing).

  • The Vikings are allowing 340 yards a game (216 passing, 124 rushing). The Dolphins are allowing 332 yards a game (209 passing, 123 rushing).

  • Miami is 12th in giveaway/takeaway ratio at plus-3 (20 giveaways, 23 takeaways). Minnesota is tied for 17th at minus-1 (18 giveaways, 17 takeaways).

  • The Vikings are 13th in red zone offense, scoring touchdowns on 18 of 32 possessions (56.3 percent). The Dolphins are 26th at 47.5 percent (29 TDs on 61 possessions).

  • Only Jacksonville (29) and Oakland (24) have had fewer red zone possessions than the Vikings.

  • No team has more red zone possessions than Miami.

  • Defensively, the Vikings are 12th in red zone efficiency, allowing touchdowns on 21 of 41 possessions (51.2 percent). Miami is tied for 17th at 55.6 percent (25 of 45).

  • Miami is 22nd in third-down offense, converting on 38.5 percent of their opportunities (67 of 174). Minnesota is 27th at 36.4 percent (67 of 184). The league average is 40.1 percent.

  • Defensively, the Vikings are 17th on third down, allowing conversions on 77 of 189 chances (40.7 percent). The Dolphins are 26th at 43.1 percent (85 of 197).

  • The league average starting position following kickoffs is the 21.8-yard line. The Vikings are second with an average starting position of the 24.8-yards line. Miami is fifth with an average start at the 23.8-yard line.

  • Teddy Bridgewater has had three 300-yard passing games. Ryan Tannehill has had just one.

  • Don’t look for a 300-yard passer today. The Vikings have allowed just one 300-yard game and the Dolphins haven’t allowed any.

  • The Vikings have three 100-yard receiving games – two from Jarius Wright and one from Charles Johnson. Mike Wallace has the only 100-yard game of the season for Miami.

  • The Vikings have three 100-yard rushing games – two from Jerick McKinnon and one from Cordarrelle Patterson. Miami has two 100-yard rushing games – one from Knowshon Moreno and one from Lamar Miller.

  • Minnesota has allowed three 100-yard rushers. Miami has allowed four.

  • Tannehill is 11th in pass attempts (504), eighth in completions (334), sixth in completion percentage (66.3), 13th in yards (3,390), 13th in touchdown passes (22), tied for 20th in interceptions (11) and 15th in passer rating (90.8).

  • Bridgewater is 24th in attempts (351), 24th in completions (223), 14th in completion percentage (63.5), 25th in yards (2,451), tied for 25th in touchdowns (11), tied for 16th in interceptions (10) and 26th in passer rating (82.7).

  • Bridgewater is 18th in fourth-quarter passer rating (86.7), while Tannehill is 32nd at 75.0.

  • Bridgewater is 17th in third-down passer rating (87.1). Tannehill is 25th at 74.0.

  • Miller is 13th in the league in rushing with 829 yards. McKinnon still leads the Vikings with 538 yards, good for 30th place.

  • Rookie Jarvis Landry is tied for 21st in receptions with 71, followed by Wallace who is tied for 32nd place with 62. Greg Jennings leads the Vikings with 53 receptions, which puts him in 55th place in the league.

  • Wallace is 28th in receiving yards with 804. Jennings leads the Vikings with 641, which puts him in 57th place.

  • Matt Asiata is tied for 22nd place in scoring among non-kicker with 50 points (eight touchdowns and a two-point conversion). Wallace leads the Dolphins with 48 points (eight touchdowns), which ties him for 24th place.

  • Caleb Sturgis is eighth in scoring among kickers with 117 points. Blair Walsh is tied for 21st with 91 points.

  • Walsh’s .710 field goal percentage (22 of 31) is the worst of any kicker with enough attempts to qualify for the league lead.

  • Walsh is tied for eighth in touchbacks with 43. Sturgis is 19th with 34.

  • Miller leads Miami in yards from scrimmage with 1,046 (829 rushing, 217 receiving), which ranks him 27th in the league. Asiata leads the Vikings with 697 yards (421 rushing, 276 receiving), which ties him for 76th place.

  • Miami’s Brandon Fields is 10th in punting average at 47.2 yards. Jeff Locke is 23rd with a 44.4-yard average.

  • Locke is 22nd in net punt average at 38.9 yards. Fields is 24th at 38.7 yards.

  • Marcus Sherels is seventh in punt return average at 10.2 yards. Landry is 11th with an 8.6-yard average.

  • Landry is also third in kickoff return average at 29.7 yards. Patterson is seventh with a 25.8-yard average.

  • Miami’s Brent Grimes is tried for second in interceptions with five. Harrison Smith is tied for fifth with four picks.

  • Everson Griffen is eighth in sacks with 12. Cameron Wake leads Miami with 9.5, which ranks him tied for 14th place.

  • Despite missing the last three games, Anthony Barr is still tied for second in defensive fumble recoveries with three.


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