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Vikings defense striking a hard-hitting pose

Jasper Brinkley (Tom Dahlin/Viking Update)

Vikings defenders have taken on a new attitude this season, some of it coming from young players now in starting roles. They want to be known as a defense with an attitude.

Last year when the Vikings finished with a franchise-worst 3-13 record, much was blamed on the defense. The Vikings finished with the 21st-ranked defense (11th rushing, 26th passing), which was better than the team with the best record in the NFL (Green Bay) and better than the two teams that played in the Super Bowl (the New York Giants and New England Patriots). The Vikings defense was...

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