7 takeaways from the Vikings’ win over the Falcons in Week 1

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins
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MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 08: Anthony Harris #41 and Xavier Rhodes #29 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrate an interception in the end zone against the Atlanta Falcons by Harris during the third quarter of the game at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 8, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Anthony Harris and Xavier Rhodes /

Harris is a difference-maker

Last season, Anthony Harris got the opportunity to step in as a starting safety for the Vikings after Andrew Sendejo went down with an injury. Harris played so well that he never gave up his starting spot and this year he’s continuing to show why.

On Sunday against the Falcons, the Minnesota safety was making plays all over the field. Harris snagged an interception in the first quarter that resulted in a Vikings touchdown on the next drive, he recovered a fumble in the second quarter, and he had another pick in the end zone during the third quarter.

Harris was also able to break up two passes and notch five tackles against Atlanta. His performance on Sunday likely erased any doubts that anyone had about him being a starter this season.

Scheduled to be a free agent in 2020, Harris is going to make himself a lot of money next year if he continues to play at a high level like he did this week against the Falcons.