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Notebook: Young defenders impressive vs. Pack

Xavier Rhodes (Jonathan Daniel/Getty)

The Vikings defense has been much-maligned for much of the season, but a couple of young defenders had strong outings, including Xavier Rhodes and Audie Cole.

Xavier Rhodes was just beginning to look the part, having perhaps his best game as a rookie, when a concussion ended it early for him Sunday at Lambeau Field. With a defensive backfield already thinned as far it could handle, Rhodes was being looked to for his first start as the left cornerback in the base defense. Josh Robinson had suffered a fractured sternum a week early and Rhodes was set to...

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