Minnesota Vikings: Studs and duds vs. Eagles in Week 6

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Stud: Anthony Barr

Anthony Barr, who re-signed with Minnesota in the offseason after originally agreeing to sign with the New York Jets as a free agent, is having a nice season thus far for the Vikings. On Sunday, he continued that strong start to the 2019 campaign by doing a little bit of everything as the anchor for the Minnesota defensive unit.

Barr led the dominant Vikings defense with a team-high 10 tackles, including eight solo tackles and one tackle for loss. Barr also managed to recover a fumble in the second half of the game that put a halt to the Eagles driving down the field. The linebacker group consisting of Barr, Eric Kendricks and others has been strong all year long for Minnesota, and such was the case once again in an impressive win over Philadelphia at home.

Dud: Dalvin Cook

For a majority of the year, Dalvin Cook has been a reliable option and a constant threat within the Vikings offense and was often the biggest reason Minnesota was able to come out on top in a game to start the year.

On Sunday against the Eagles, Cook didn’t manage to play too large of a role for the Vikings while they relied fairly heavily on their passing game against Philadelphia. Although he did rush for one touchdown, Cook finished the game with just 41 yards rushing on 16 attempts. Often times, if Cook is held in check on the ground, that means he was involved in the passing attack for Minnesota, but the running back finished the contest with just two catches for 13 yards.

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Overall, it wasn’t a bad performance for Cook by any means. It just wasn’t the type of dominant performance that we’ve seen often this year through six weeks of play.