Vikings' players of the week: Week Eight

Posted Oct. 31, 2010 @ 10 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

The Vikings' offensive, defensive and special-teams players of the week in their 28-18 loss to the Patriots in Week Eight:

Offense: QB Brett Favre, say what you want about him. But he started the game despite two fractures in his foot and ended it with eight stitches in his chin after taking a vicious hit from Patriots DL Myron Pryor. Favre was hit several times and still delivered several big throws, leading the Vikings to a 10-7 lead in the second half. His one interception was ripped out of the hands of Percy Harvin, so Favre played a mostly clean game. He also completed 22-of-32 passes for 259 yards. The Vikings have a ton of issues right now, and Randy Moss has made it only four games before displaying his unhappiness. But Favre delivered a performance that was good enough in a big game.

Defense: Once more, SLB Chad Greenway had a big game. He has had at least eight tackles in every game, delivering 11 on Sunday. All but two of those tackles came within seven yards of the line of scrimmage, even in a game in which Greenway was asked to play a lot of coverage.

Special teams: P Chris Kluwe had a strong game, backing the Patriots up inside their own 10-yard line three times in his four attempts. His first punt rolled 58 yards into the end zone, but his next three landed at the 8-, 9- and 6-yard lines, respectively. And those three returnable punts only bore four return yards for the Patriots. Kluwe also held on two extra-point attempts and a 24-yard field goal.