Who was the Vikings most impressive Week 1 performer? You tell us! In the first installment of Filtered By the Fan, presented by Pentair, we want to know who impressed you most in the win over Atlanta. Below are your choices, so read up and reflect back on the exciting win. Then, vote in the poll below.
The Vikings fast start on Sunday was initiated by Barr, who recorded a sack on the game's first play when he came screaming from the blindside of Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan and took him to the ground. Two plays later, it was Barr who made a 1st-down saving tackle after Ryan escaped pressure and was approaching the line to gain. Barr continued to affect the game for its duration and caught praise from his head coach afterward.
"He played very physical, very fast," Mike Zimmer said. "Really the play on the first third down, he ran (Matt) Ryan down from the backside, that was a great play. He really had a good football game yesterday."
Fast. Physical. Tough. Dalvin Cook had it all on display on Sunday. It all added up to an impressive-looking box score, as well. Cook finished the game with 111 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries as he paced a Vikings ground attack that generated 172 yards and three scores on 38 rushes.
Another defender who caught praise from Zimmer, Griffen was in Pro Bowl form against Atlanta and caused problems for any blocker who stepped in his path. Griffen had a sack and two quarterback hits plus had another sack negated due to a penalty on Stephen Weatherly.
"He looked a lot like when he was at the Pro Bowl," Zimmer said after the game.
The NFC Defensive Player of the Week for opening weekend, Harris has a strong case for your vote this week because he collected a pair of interceptions and also recovered a fumble. The Vikings scored 21 points off of Harris' takeaways.