3 unsung heroes from the Vikings win over the 49ers in Week 7

Which Minnesota Vikings came up big in Week 7 when the team needed them the most?

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Brandon Powell
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Brandon Powell / Stephen Maturen/GettyImages
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2. Brandon Powell - WR

Fans are giving Brandon Powell his share of love after his stellar outing against the 49ers, but he deserves even more praise than he's getting.

His stat line of four receptions for 64 yards is impressive in itself, but Powell's production as a blocker is going under the radar. He wasn't just good as a blocker, he was great.

According to PFF, Powell ranked second on the team in run blocking in Week 7. Yes, you read that correctly. The 5-foot-8 wide receiver trailed only Minnesota left tackle Christian Darrisaw in the run-blocking department on Monday, showing that he's not afraid to do the dirty work in order to win.

While Powell's receiving game was stellar, the fact that he went out and contributed with his blocking as well is something that deserves more praise. Not every wide receiver loves to block, but Powell showed that he's prepared to lay the boom if needed.