Vikings' players of the Week: Week 14

Posted Dec. 14, 2010 @ 11:53 a.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

Here's a look at the players of the week from the Vikings' 21-3 loss to the Giants in Detroit:

Offense: No one really stood out, but WR Sidney Rice did account for nearly half of the Vikings' passing yards on Monday in the loss. With Brett Favre's streak ending, Tarvaris Jackson playing poorly for three quarters, Adrian Peterson being bottled up and Percy Harvin out with migraines, Rice did his best. Although even that was not really enough, as he failed to come up with what appeared to be a nice fade throw from Joe Webb, who played a handful of snaps at QB.

Defense: DT Kevin Williams has had an atypical season by his standards, but he has started to heat up slightly and was one of the few Vikings defenders to show up in the game Monday. He made a nice stop on Ahmad Bradshaw on first-and-goal in the second quarter, although the Giants scored two plays later. Williams later had a neutral-zone infraction right before the half on a series on which the Giants scored and built an insurmountable 14-3 lead. But he played well for most of the contest, collecting three tackles for loss and a pass defended.

Special teams: Hard to say that Chris Kluwe hasn't been one of the Vikings' best players this season. Sad but true. He again was strong in the game Monday, kicking 10 times for 45.8-yard average and four boots inside the Giants' 20. Kluwe's punting actually helped keep the score somewhat reasonable. He boomed a 59-yarder and a 56-yarder and dropped a nice kick at the 2-yard line in the third quarter after another failed offensive series.