Defensive MVP – Eric Kendricks, linebacker
When you hear commentators during a game discussing a player “flying around” on defense, it would be easy to picture the Vikings linebacker being the individual they were discussing. He was literally everywhere on the field on Sunday, making plays.
Eric Kendricks ended the day with an incredible sixteen tackles, the most on the team by more than double the closest teammate. Not only that, but his eight solo tackles was also the most on the team.
As mentioned before, the Patriots offense is built around picking up yards after the catch and it was high-flying linebackers like Kendricks and Barr who stepped up in big ways to pitch in. They became even more valuable when Minnesota’s cornerbacks started struggling to stay on the field as their speed and tackling ability are excellent.
There was a bit of a struggle when he dropped back into coverage, but Kendricks was a key part in getting many of the stops that led to New England punts. It wasn’t a perfect game…but it was an excellent one.
Who were your MVPs from the Week 13 game between the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots? Do you agree that they were Dalvin Cook and Eric Kendricks, or do you have different players in mind? Let us know in the comments!