Minnesota Vikings MVPs: Week 3 vs. Tennessee Titans

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Defensive MVP – Honorable Mentions

The first half of the game saw the Vikings use their bend but don’t break strategy that kept the Titans out of the end zone and saw the team take a 17-9 lead into halftime. Sadly, that strategy didn’t hold as Tennessee scored two touchdowns and three field goals in the second half.

Minnesota couldn’t keep up with the offensive output of Tennessee and ended up falling to 0-3. Still, there were some players for the purple and gold who performed very well and deserve recognition.

Harrison Smith – S

As one of the most important parts of the Vikings defense, Smith is relied on for patrolling the field as well as playing the line of scrimmage and being a great tackler. The Vikings safety made a great play near the end zone when he closed in on a Ryan Tannehill pass, leaping and grabbing an interception that could have put six points on the board for the Titans.

Ifeadi Odenigbo – DE

While it was Yannick Ngakoue who had a forced fumble in the game, recognition needs to be given to Odenigbo, who registered four hits on the Titans quarterback on the day. The pass rusher also had three tackles on the day. It was a promising day from a player who was thrust into a starting role due to the absence of Danielle Hunter this season.

Anthony Harris – S

The safety duo for Minnesota once again was one of the most reliable units on the Vikings defense. Smith is always going to be great when on the field, but pairing him with Harris allows the team to be creative. Harris had eight tackles on the day, six of them solo, while adding one pass breakup.