4. Danielle Hunter - EDGE
Danielle Hunter is going to earn his respect one way or another. The NFL's sack leader has been one of the best players on the defense and the only pass rusher to get consistent pressure for the Vikings.
He came up with a crucial strip sack in the fourth quarter to force the Packers into a fourth-and-long situation which kept them out of the end zone with a chance to put pressure on Jaren Hall. Even though the Packers recovered the loose ball, Hunter forced a loss of 10 yards that gave Green Bay a 4th-and-20 near midfield.
Hunter now has 10.0 sacks in eight games and is a full sack ahead of Josh Allen for the league lead. There are a lot of different scenarios roaming around with the trade deadline creeping closer and closer. If this was indeed the final game of Hunter's tenure as a Viking, it was quite the way to go out.
I am in the crowd that thinks Hunter will stay in Minnesota to finish out the season, but anything can happen. The Vikings cannot afford to lose his presence off the edge unless they are going to replace him with another pass rusher who is on the market.
Danielle Hunter deserves a lot more respect around the league and media circles, but he is just going to have to keep fighting to earn that recognition. He has been stellar this season, and even with a quiet day in Week 8, he showed up with a timely sack to help seal the win.