4 best Vikings from their Week 6 win over the Bears

Minnesota Vikings linebacker Jordan Hicks
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Player No. 3

Byron Murphy -CB

I have been quite vocal about the struggles of Byron Murphy at times this season, but he was playing like the player they expected him to be in Chicago. He did an excellent job of limiting D.J. Moore in the passing game.

His late interception was a gift from Tyson Bagent, but aside from that, he broke up three passes and recorded four tackles. He came up with a crucial tackle for loss on a screen to Moore by blowing up the quick game and getting into his hip before Moore had time to react.

Given how Murphy has played the past few weeks, this was a remarkable showing. If he can be the primary cornerback the Vikings need him to be, the defense can be very difficult to beat. If the pass rush is going to struggle to get to the quarterback, the secondary needs to tighten up to prevent explosive passing plays.

Byron Murphy has the versatility to be a difference-maker on a very good defense. So far in Minnesota, he has had some ups and downs, but he was paid to be a consistent body on the perimeter while the Vikings clean up the defense around him.

Sunday's performance was a step in the right direction for the first-year Viking, and hopefully, it can be a stepping stone for the rest of the season.