Vikings' players of the week: Week 11

Posted Nov. 22, 2010 @ 11:41 a.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

The Vikings’ offensive, defensive and special-teams players of the week in their 31-3 throttling by the Packers in Week 11:

Offense: RB Adrian Peterson

Not too many candidates in such a thorough beating, but Peterson ran hard in his limited opportunities. He gained more than five yards per carry and was a key factor in the first half with 51 rushing yards when the game was still fairly close. Once the game got out of hand, Peterson ran the ball only four times in the second half and once in the fourth quarter. And yet he accounted for three of the Vikings' 10 longest plays of this long, terrible afternoon.

Defense: DE Ray Edwards

Edwards had two sacks for minus-18 yards and at least he was showing some life on the sideline. We don't know the circumstances, but Edwards was seen chewing out CB Chris Cook after the Packers drove for an easy score. Whether it was an attempt at leadership by Edwards or picking on an easy mark in Cook, who had an awful game, is not clear. That said, so few defenders stood out that Edwards' two-sack game was a fairly easy choice.

Special teams: P Chris Kluwe

Kluwe once more had a solid day punting the ball in his best season yet. He held Green Bay's returners to 11 yards on five punts, one of which ended up inside the Packers' 20-yard line. Kluwe has been putting nice hang time and placement on the ball most of the season, as he did Sunday.