Player No. 2
T.J. Hockenson - TE
T.J. Hockenson has been solid this season, but the Vikings are paying him to be a lot more than that. On Sunday, Hock hauled in eight targets for 78 yards, but it was still far from enough from the league's highest-paid tight end.
Hockenson killed Minnesota's opening drive with a fumble deep in Chargers territory and quickly shifted momentum back to Los Angeles. With fumbles being such a prominent issue and a focal point leading into Week 3, the Vikings could not afford another one that early in the game, especially from a player of Hockenson's caliber.
At the end of the first half, Minnesota was pushing for points to gain some momentum before the break. Kirk Cousins found Hockenson three consecutive plays to get the Vikings to about midfield. Unfortunately, Hockenson failed to get out of bounds on the final two catches of the half, and Minnesota was unable to set up a field goal.
The penultimate play of the half was a brutal look for Hockenson as he was lifted and dropped in bounds but a much smaller defender as the Vikings didn't have a timeout and eventually ended the drive with no points.
Then, on the final offensive play of the game, Hockenson failed to haul in a catch in the front of the end zone that wound up an interception for the Chargers. While it was a difficult catch to make, and the time management from Kevin O'Connell and Kirk Cousins was horrendous, Hockenson is paid to catch that ball.