Vikings' players of the week

Posted Nov. 15, 2010 @ 2:50 a.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

Here are the Vikings' players of the week in their27-13 loss to the Bears in Week 10:

Offense: WR Percy Harvin provided the one play longer than 20 yards in the loss, a 53-yard TD catch against the Bears' cover-2 defense in which S Chris Harris failed to get over in time after Harvin was passed off. Harvin caught only three other passes in the game, covering 11 yards, but it was tough sledding with small windows considering the Vikings were without Bernard Berrian and the Bears had taken away the run game for the most part.

Defense: S Husain Abdullah made two interceptions and totaled five tackles in the loss. The first one came in the first quarter off a dropped pass by Johnny Knox, and it set up a field-goal attempt that should have netted three points (Ryan Longwell missed the 39-yarder). Abdullah's second interception was the more impressive of the two, coming in the endzone and ending a what might have been a Bears scoring drive late in the third quarter. "I tried to read (Jay Cutler's) eyes," Abdullah told PFW after the game. "People were running all over the place, and I was just in the right place at the right time."

Special teams: P Chris Kluwe did what he should have done against Bears PR Devin Hester and that's pin him against the sideline. It's the Vikings' responsibility at that point to tackle Hester and use the sideline to their advantage. That they did not do, as Hester ran a punt back 42 yards, breaking at least five potential tackles. "I will say I thought Chris Kluwe did a nice job with the ball, and I thought he hung it the way it should have been hung," head coach Brad Childress said. "We knew that (Hester) liked to push it in that short field. Obviously, it had something to do with the coverage, or lack thereof."