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Minnesota Vikings 2014 Preseason: 5 Players Who Stood Out In Week 3

Minnesota Vikings 2014 Preseason: 5 Players Who Stood Out In Week 3

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The Minnesota Vikings put together a blow out 30-12 win against the Kansas City Chiefs on the road last night. It was the first time viewers had an opportunity to get an extensive look at the Vikings’ first-team offense and defense. In a game where the Vikings did so many things very well, it should come as no surprise that there were a number of standout players.

Here are five Viking players who really stood out last night against the Chiefs.

5. K Blair Walsh

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5. K Blair Walsh

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After struggling to convert field goal attempts in the Vikings’ first two preseason matchups, Blair Walsh was perfect last night against the Chiefs. He converted on field goal attempts of 41, 32 and 28 yards, along with all three of his extra point attempts. Kickers do not receive the headlines that other positions do, but a consistent kicker is key to any successful NFL team.

4. CB Captain Munnerlyn

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4. CB Captain Munnerlyn

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Captain Munnerlyn was all over the field last night against the Chiefs, making key plays at important times throughout the game. He recorded a pass defense, an important third-down tackle as well as a red zone interception. While it would have been nice to see Munnerlyn take a knee after his interception, the play still kept the Chiefs from scoring what, at the time, would have been a game-tying touchdown.

3. DT Fred Evans

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3. DT Fred Evans

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Fred Evans was extremely disruptive within the Vikings’ interior defensive line throughout the game, recording three tackles and a tackle-for-loss in the process. He could consistently be seen getting off the ball quickly, making it difficult for the Chiefs' offensive lineman to keep him out of the backfield. A lot of his success did not show up in the box score, but Evans was certainly a key member in a successful night for the Vikings’ defense.

2. LB Anthony Barr

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2. LB Anthony Barr

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It feels like every week Anthony Barr shows a new reason why he was worthy of being a top-10 pick in last May’s NFL Draft. He blew up multiple screen passes and most notably caused a key incompletion, which likely would have resulted in a touchdown had the pass been completed. Barr showed great instincts and play recognition, causing problems for QB Alex Smith all night.

1. WR Cordarrelle Patterson

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1. WR Cordarrelle Patterson

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Unsurprisingly, Cordarrelle Patterson was on the receiving end of the Vikings’ biggest play of the night. He was able to get open on a go-route, making a last-second adjustment to haul in a slightly underthrown Matt Cassel pass for a 53-yard touchdown. The man commonly known as “Flash” also caught in two more passes, totaling three receptions and 71 receiving yards to go along with his touchdown reception.

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