3 unsung heroes from the Vikings win over the Cardinals in Week 8

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Harrison Phillips – DL

Harrison Phillips has been a nice addition to the defensive line for Minnesota, especially when you factor in his running-mate Dalvin Tomlinson and how they’ve paired together. Phillips was never set to be a superstar for the Vikings, but he has been exactly as advertised, a strong, big body up the middle that does his job well.

Phillips had another solid outing this past weekend, as the Minnesota defense dominated the Cardinals in the designed run game, only getting really burnt by an elusive Kyler Murray and one good jet sweep by Arizona receiver Rondale Moore.

Phillips’ play of the day, however, was the final snap of the game, where he sacked Murray to close the door, securing a Vikings victory.

Phillips has 1.5 sacks on the season, which is the amount that he had in all four seasons with the Buffalo Bills combined, so this could be seen as a breakout year for the former Stanford man. Phillips was an underrated addition this offseason, and he is continuing to fly under the radar all year.