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By Eric Edholm

Here's a look at the Vikings' Players of the Week from their 29-20 loss to the Jets on Monday night:

Offense: Percy Harvin

Harvin caught two TD passes and made some exceptional plays to keep his team in the game. Clearly, he benefited from Randy Moss' arrival and started abusing a Jets secondary that often had CBs Darrelle Revis and Kyle Wilson covering him. Harvin's 34-yard catch-and-run got the Vikings' scoring going, and his toe-tapping 11-yard TD in the fourth quarter gave the Vikings a chance to win. QB Brett Favre made some big plays in the second half, but Harvin was outstanding individually.

Defense: Ray Edwards

Edwards had seven tackles and 1½ sacks. One of those tackles was made in the backfield, taking down LaDainian Tomlinson. Edwards also added a few pressures and hits on Jets QB Mark Sanchez. The sacks accounted for 14 lost yards, too. That said, Edwards was out of position on the Shonn Greene TD run, but the Vikings' defense mostly did a good job holding the Jets to field goals and keeping the Vikings in the game.

Special teams: Harvin and Chris Kluwe (tie)

It's a shared award between Harvin and P Chris Kluwe. Harvin averaged 25 yards on seven kickoff returns, including a 44-yarder that he almost broke for a score. And Kluwe netted 40.4 yards on seven punts, with a 59-yard bomb. The Jets' punt returners had only 14 return yards, with a long return of seven.

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