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Tale of two Vikings first-rounders

Matt Kalil (Brace Hemmelgarn/US Presswire)

Matt Kalil and Harrison Smith should both be staples in the starting lineup for years to come. While Smith has struggled occasionally in the last month, Kalil has been consistently impressive and a bit surprising in the run game.

Vikings coaches took the bye week to perform a self-scouting of their game-day operations, looking for areas of predictability but also gaining a greater sense of players' abilities. The opportunity to take a step back from the weekly grind of preparing for the next opponent likely allowed them to draw some conclusions on what they can do better and what individual players can improve. If they...

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