Vikings' players of the week: Week Seven

Posted Oct. 25, 2010 @ 1:27 a.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

Here are the Vikings' players of the week on offense, defense and special teams from their 28-24 loss in Week Seven to the Packers in Green Bay:

Offense: RB Adrian Peterson ran like a man possessed on Sunday, converting several key first downs and denting the Packers' defense badly despite no runs longer than 17 yards. That 17-yarder to start the Vikings' first possession of the fourth quarter was a gorgeous mix of power, vision and will. Peterson also had a 26-yard catch and run later in the quarter that allowed the Vikings a few shots at the end zone to try to win the game. Runner up would be Percy Harvin (106 yards from scrimmage, rushing TD), who is on fire right now.

Defense: It's becoming commonplace, but SLB Chad Greenway had another dominant game. He slammed RB Brandon Jackson, knocking the ball loose, on the first Packers' offensive play, and rarely stopped in a 12-tackle effort. Three of those tackles were for negative yardage, including stops on Jackson and John Kuhn on power run plays. Greenway was all over the field Sunday, as he has for most of a Pro Bowl-caliber season.

Special teams: Harvin had three kick returns for 81 yards, including a 48-yarder he almost busted. Having Harvin back on kickoffs (and eventually punts) makes teams defend the Vikings' return units differently. It was an otherwise quiet game on special teams for both sides.