South Dakota native Chad Greenway has been a staple for 130 starts at outside linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings.

However,in his 131st start, Greenway's role changed as he was asked to change positions to middle linebacker as the Vikings defense had the need and Greenway was up to the task.

He ended up playing the entire game except for one play at the "mike" linebacker position and racked up eight tackles as the Vikings were able to beat the Oakland Raiders 30-14.

According to, Mike Zimmer was very complimentary of Greenway making the move to middle linebacker.

“He played really good in this ball game at the Mike linebacker spot,” Coach Zimmer said. “I think it’s good for him. He got off of blocks good this week, he was physical at the point of attack. They had a bunch of plays where they pulled the guard around on him, so I thought he did a really good job.”

The Minnesota Vikings are in first place in the NFC North and one major reason why is because guys are playing as a TEAM and welcoming any role that will help them win.

Greenway is a prime example of that and there are many more adapting to similar roles helping the Vikings get to the 7-2 mark they currently have.

The Vikings host the Green Bay Packers with first place in the division on the line on Sunday at noon at TCF Bank Stadium.