Defensive MVP – Harrison Smith, safety
No defender in this game was perfect. The Minnesota Vikings just plain didn’t match up well against the speed of the Chiefs. However, Harrison Smith did a really good job of making stops and doing whatever was asked of him.
The team’s leading tackler in the game with eight (six solo) it’s a bit alarming that a safety had such a big day in takedowns. That means Chiefs players were getting way too deep on each play and that’s never a recipe for success.
Still, both Kansas City touchdowns came on long plays. Tyreek Hill’s score was from 40 yards out while Damien Williams ran for 91. Both left Smith in the dust, but it’s also hard to not love the great pass breakup he had where he batted the ball out of the receiver’s hands.
Add in a sack, and you have another well-rounded game from the four-time Pro Bowl safety. He continues to be an essential piece of a Mike Zimmer defense which could use more players to step up and play at a high level more often in the secondary.
Who do you think was the MVP on offense and defense from the Week 9 game between the Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs? And who else deserves recognition for their play? Let us know in the comments section!