7 biggest takeaways from the Vikings win over the Cardinals in Week 8

Kirk Cousins - Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
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There was no stopping Hopkins

When talking about players being predictable it’s easy to go into a game against a player like DeAndre Hopkins and expect him to have more than ten targets and accumulate over 100 yards of offense.

Unstoppable players can only be contained and the Vikings gave up 12 catches on 13 targets to Hopkins for 159 yards and a score. He is a mismatch for anyone who goes up against him yet despite a big day, the Minnesota secondary didn’t get too frustrated facing him.

Patrick Peterson had a good day playing physical football but even the former All-Pro isn’t a defender you can match up one-on-one against Hopkins and expect an even fight. Otherwise, the roster has a lot of younger players who lack the experience to cover the Cardinals star.

On a positive note, Minnesota doesn’t face many elite receivers this year, so it’s good they were able to face Hopkins and get a win against him, Kyler Murray, and the rest of the speedy Cardinals offense. More challenges await, but none quite like Hopkins.