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6 Minnesota Vikings Playmakers Who Must Shine Against the Chicago Bears

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6 Minnesota Vikings Playmakers Who Must Shine Against the Chicago Bears
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More so than any other Viking, Minnesota needs Christian Ponder to step up in Week 2.

After Sunday's 34-24 loss to the Detroit Lions, Brian Robison said what many in the locker room were likely thinking but that few wanted to admit.

"It's a very important game. I know coach Frazier probably doesn't want to hear me saying it, but it's a must-win game," the defensive end told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

With winnable games against Cleveland and Pittsburgh in Week 3 and Week 4, respectively, Week 2 isn't a must win. But it absolutely is an important game.

It's the type of game that will mold Minnesota's position within the division, with one-third of their divisional games played just two weeks into the season. Win or not, the Vikings have to make a better statement with their Week 2 performance than they did in Week 1.

And to do that, the Vikings need stronger performances from their playmakers. In this slideshow, we're calling out six playmakers who need to do more in Week 2 to secure a victory.

A playmaker is anyone who is a starter on offense, defense or uses his leg on special teams.

There is no order of importance for these players to step up. The focus here is that they must step up, or Minnesota will continue to slide down the losing path.

Step inside, if you please.

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