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Harrison Smith named NFC defensive player of the week

San Francisco 49ers v Minnesota Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 09: Harrison Smith #22 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates after recovering a fumbled ball in the second quarter of the game against the San Francisco 49ers at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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The Vikings defense is coming off a strong 2017 season and they got this year off on the right foot against the 49ers in Week One.

They forced four turnovers, sacked Jimmy Garoppolo three times and got a 24-16 win over their visitors from the NFC West. Safety Harrison Smith had a big hand in their success and was named the NFC defensive player of the week for his efforts.

Smith had eight tackles, a sack, a fumble recovery and an interception during a busy afternoon. Good performances have been par for the course for Smith, who has made the Pro Bowl the last three seasons and was named a first-team All-Pro for the first time after the 2017 season.

Smith and the Vikings will hit the road this weekend for a game against the Packers at Lambeau Field.