Minnesota Vikings: 3 Best Performances from Week 1 vs. 49ers

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Harrison Smith, Safety

Finally, Harrison Smith is deserving of being mentioned as one of the top performers for the Vikings. He has been one of the NFL’s most consistent star safeties for years and that is not changing at all this year.

Throughout the course of the game, Smith ended up compiling nine total tackles, a sack, and a defended pass. Two of his tackles were for a loss. Those numbers show the kind of impact he had on the game.

Minnesota’s defense is without question one of the best in the NFL. Smith is a big part of that. Without him on the roster, the Vikings’ secondary would not have nearly as much playmaking ability.

Smith will continue to be the leader for the Vikings’ defense moving forward. If he keeps playing like he did in Week 1, he will end up being one of the top defensive backs in the league once again.