Defensive MVP – Honorable Mentions
The Minnesota Vikings defense struggled against Alshon Jeffrey in this game and allowed a big play to Miles Sanders for a touchdown, but otherwise, the team did a great job in limiting yards after the catch and keeping the Eagles from picking up too many first downs.
Here are some of the defensive standouts from this game who weren’t quite the MVP from Week 6 against the Eagles:
- Anthony Barr, linebacker – There wasn’t much Barr didn’t do in Sunday game. The linebacker was consistently at the line of scrimmage stopping ball carriers. He tied for the lead in tackles on the team as well as defended one pass.
- Anthony Harris, safety – Getting six tackles on the day is pretty impressive but even more so is that his coverage was solid and he even defended one pass. Having a safety his size is like having an extra linebacker on the field, that and can make for weird mismatches.
- Everson Griffen, defensive end – Like Barr, Griffen didn’t register a sack on the day but chased Carson Wentz around the field all day. He defended two passes, intercepting one thrown by the Eagles punter on fourth down.
- Danielle Hunter, defensive end – Hunter actually did get a sack in this game, but his pressure did force Wentz to get out of the pocket and make some bad throws in this game. He hit Wentz twice in the game as well, and when anyone is hit by someone like him, they don’t forget it.