6 biggest takeaways from the Vikings win over the Panthers in Week 4

Minnesota Vikings pass rusher Marcus Davenport
Minnesota Vikings pass rusher Marcus Davenport / Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
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Vikings takeaway No. 2

A defender makes an impression.

Entering Week 4, edge rusher Marcus Davenport hadn't recorded a statistic for the Minnesota Vikings this season. An inability to keep healthy sidelined him and made it look like the team wasted their investment in him.

Davenport earned some respect for his play during this game. The linebacker only had one recorded sack and four tackles on the day, but he was winning his one-on-one assignments and getting pressure on rookie quarterback Bryce Young.

He stayed fresh thanks to a rotation of edge rushers that included D.J. Wonnum and Patrick Jones II. This strategy kept the defense able to keep the opposing offense guessing while wearing down their offensive linemen.

If Marcus Davenport can stay healthy and the Minnesota Vikings can continue to find ways to get an advantage in pass rush situations, the team will have a much better chance of disrupting opposing teams.