5 best Vikings from their Week 4 victory over the Panthers

Minnesota Vikings running back Cam Akers
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Player No. 3

Marcus Davenport - Edge

Marcus Davenport had played just four snaps for the Vikings prior to Sunday's contest, and fans were pretty quick to call his signing a bust due to circumstances far out of anyone's control. Davenport did not have some lengthy history of ankle issues, nor was he expected to be a game-wrecking defender when he signed with Minnesota.

Finally healthy, Davenport suited up and played one heck of a game against a team he's rather familiar with from his time with the Saints. He was a force in the backfield and came up with several key stops as the Vikings shut down Carolina's offense in the second half.

Davenport got his first sack as a Viking and finished the day with four tackles, a sack, and a tackle for loss. After missing pretty much all three games leading up to this one, Davenport was getting grilled for his work ethic for whatever reason. With how bad the pass rush has been, Davenport could be one of the most impactful players on the roster when he's healthy.

If Sunday was a glimpse at what we can expect from Davenport for the rest of this season, the Vikings will be very happy with his arrival. They desperately need someone to pair with Danielle Hunter off the edge and put pressure on opposing quarterbacks.