3 unsung heroes from the Vikings win over the Falcons in Week 9

Which members of the Minnesota Vikings deserve more credit from Week 9?

Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell
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2. T.J. Hockenson - TE

T.J. Hockenson deserves an apology from Vikings fans. After a rough start to the season, many fans were questioning if his contract extension was worth it and constantly bashing him on social media.

Hockenson has done nothing but silence the doubters the past few weeks, and his game against the Falcons was no different.

Hockenson ended the day with seven receptions for 69 yards and played a decent chunk of the day with an obvious rib injury that was ailing him. Hockenson toughed it out for Minnesota and fought through the pain to finish the game and make some big catches, even with his injury, and the Vikings came away with the win.

To say that Hockenson has been a key piece to the Vikings' offense lately is an understatement, and his big game against Atlanta further showed that he is worth the money that he got this offseason.