EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Vikings coach Leslie Frazier implored his teams playmakers to come up with the big plays Minnesota needed to finally win a game.
Defensively, the emphasis was put on turnovers. A couple of game-saving turnovers, or stops, might have kept the Vikings from losing their first four games by an average of less than 4.75 points. Losing second-half leads was growing tiresome.
Then something happened last week while Minnesota was waiting for its playmakers to take over the young secondary came up with its biggest performance of the season.
Safety Jamarca Sanford who had one interception in 30 career games previously pulled in two fourth-quarter interceptions and cornerback Asher Allen had another interception in the Vikings 34-10 victory. Including second-year cornerback Chris Cook, the defensive backs also helped hold Arizonas Larry Fitzgerald to four catches for 66 yards.
Just the fact that they were able to mentally rise to the challenge that was given to th...