The Minnesota Vikings played host to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday afternoon in a matchup of two teams fighting to keep their playoff chances alive.
The man who ended Aaron Rodgers’ season last weekend was back at it again on Sunday, and this time, he was terrorizing Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens. Anthony Barr had a monster game for the Vikings, leading a defense that did not allow a touchdown until the final play of the game. It was a dominant performance by their defense in front of their home crowd.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Vikings got a spirited effort from running back Latavius Murray. Brought into Minnesota to be the lead rusher before they drafted Dalvin Cook, Murray had been playing second-fiddle to Jerick McKinnon since Cook was lost for the season. He broke out in a major way on Sunday, as he was really the only offensive player for both sides to do much of anything in this one.
It was a big win for the Vikings, who are looking like the team to beat in the NFC North. They just have to keep running the ball and playing good defense, and it is going to be hard for teams to hang in for four quarters. With Rodgers gone for Green Bay, this could be the team that comes out of the division this season, despite the injuries up and down their own roster.
1. Anthony Barr, Minnesota Vikings
The star linebacker for the Vikings was at it again on Sunday, racking up 11 tackles in the win against the Ravens. Barr had a crushing sack on Joe Flacco, and in total, he put together six tackles for a loss. This Vikings defense looks really good, and Barr is the unquestioned leader of the unit this season.
2. Latavius Murray, Minnesota Vikings
After watching Jerick McKinnon do most of the work since Dalvin Cook was lost for the year, Latavius Murray stepped up in Week 7. The former Oakland Raiders running back rushed for 113 yards on only 18 carries, stepping up when the rest of the offense floundered in this one. Murray is going to be needed if this team is going to step up and win the NFC North this season.
3. C.J. Mosley, Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens were pretty terrible in this one, but linebacker C.J. Mosley was his productive self despite the loss. Baltimore allowed only one offensive touchdown in the game, but the Vikings were going up and down the field on them. Mosley finished with nine tackles, including two for a loss, with six of those tackles being solo jobs.
The Minnesota Vikings were home favorites in this game, as they were laying five points to the Baltimore Ravens. That proved to be the right call, as they dominated throughout. The over/under was set at 38.5, and based on the way these two offenses looked, it could have gone lower. The odds on this game changed throughout to week, so always be sure to check out sportsbookreview.com during the week for the latest odds and trends.
The Baltimore Ravens will be on full display in Week 8, as they host the Miami Dolphins in a Thursday Night Football matchup. The Minnesota Vikings will hit the road to play the worst team in the NFL next weekend, as they travel to Cleveland to take on the Browns in a game they should dominate.