3 Top Takeaways: Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears – Week 11
By Adam Patrick
Harris has earned a starting gig
After sitting out Sunday night’s matchup with the Bears, Vikings starting safety Andrew Sendejo has now missed a total of five games this season due to a lingering groin injury.
At first, Minnesota used a combination of players to fill Sendejo’s spot out on the field. But more recently, it has been Anthony Harris that has taken hold of the role as the Vikings’ second starting safety next to Harrison Smith.
With Harris out there, Minnesota’s defense hasn’t missed a beat. Since the reserve safety was moved into the starting lineup in Week 8 against the New Orleans Saints, the Vikings have been giving up an average of just 155.7 passing yards per game to their opponents.
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In coverage this season, Harris has three interceptions and he has allowed just one catch for eight yards on five targets. The 27-year-old safety also has zero missed tackles this season.
Even if Sendejo is healthy enough to return to the field next Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, keeping Harris in the starting lineup seems like a better option for Minnesota.