Vikings players of the week

Posted Oct. 18, 2010 @ 1:59 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

Here's a look at who the various MVPs were in the Vikings' 24-21 win over the Cowboys on Sunday:

Offense

RB Adrian Peterson had 73 rushing yards and a TD, but much of the credit for the Vikings' win apparently belongs to Randy Moss. Although Moss' numbers were fairly pedestrian (5-55-0 receiving), he reportedly fired up the Vikings with a feisty halftime speech after the crowd had grown restless. Percy Harvin, perhaps inspired by Moss, ran back the opening kickoff of the second half to tie the game at 14-14. So Moss, in a game in which the Vikings had only 188 offensive yards, gets the offensive nod for intangibles. Imagine that.

Defense

It would be criminal to award this to anyone but MLB E.J. Henderson, who had nine tackles and two huge interceptions. And this is not an emotionally based choice, considering all that Henderson has come back from, or that his two picks matched his career total up to that point (and were his first picks since 2006). He simply was the most dominant defender on the field. The interceptions led to 10 crucial Vikings points, including the game-winning field goal. On that interception, Henderson faked blitzing, then dropped into coverage and completely baffled Cowboys QB Tony Romo, who never saw him.

Special teams

Harvin's game-saving play got the team out of a rut and fired up the crowd. "(The Cowboys) took momentum from us and we knew that we had to get it back and score quick after halftime," Harvin said. "Special teams, we've been thirsty to make a play all year. We were finally able to get this one and it was able to stick."

He zig-zagged through the Cowboys' coverage and hit on a 95-yard return, his first TD return of the season. Although the Cowboys later tied the score, this play helped vault the Vikings back into the game.