4 worst Vikings from their Week 3 loss to the Chargers

Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson
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Player No. 4

Byron Murphy Jr. - CB

Minnesota spent big money on the best cornerback on the market this offseason. Byron Murphy Jr. has been very good in his first few games with the Vikings, but he really struggled against Keenan Allen on Sunday.

Allen hauled in 18 passes for 215 yards and was just slicing through the defense with ease. Once Mike Williams left with an injury, the Vikings failed to focus on Allen and eliminate him from the game, and he took full advantage.

Byron Murphy has to be held accountable and needs to be the top corner that the Vikings are asking him to be. He did leave the game briefly with a hip injury, and the Chargers attacked him once he returned, so there is something to be taken there.


Minnesota has to deal with Kansas City in two weeks, so they will need to clean up things in the secondary in a hurry. Brian Flores is a brilliant defensive coordinator, but he needs to adjust when offenses adapt to pressure like Justin Herbert did on Sunday.

This is not the end of the world for the Vikings. Los Angeles was set on throwing the ball all over the yard, and they did just that. Minnesota just needs to bounce back and learn from a difficult weekend, and give the offense a chance.

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