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Overshadowed defenders take internal pride

The defensive performance to date has been overshadowed by the headline-grabbing offense with Peterson, Favre, Moss and more. What the defense has accomplished to date has been impressive, but you won't hear the players crowing about it.

With the 24-hour media coverage the NFL receives, it isn't easy for a prosperous part of a team to be anonymous. But it isn't impossible. Just ask the Vikings defense. For a team that has been at the forefront of national news over the last two months, surprisingly little has been said about the defense. The headlines were dominated by Brett Favre, then the loss of Sidney Rice to hip surgery...

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