Vikings players of the week

Posted Dec. 21, 2010 @ 1:33 a.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

Here's a look at the Vikings' players of the game in their Week 15 loss to the Bears:

Offense: Percy Harvin caught five passes for 72 yards and a TD, giving the Vikings a brief lead early while Brett Favre was still in the game. Considering neither one really had practiced together in at least three weeks, they did a good job on their two receptions together. Toby Gerhart might have earned the nod for his solid running (16-77 on the ground, plus 3-18 receiving) in place of Adrian Peterson, but Gerhart lost a key fumble that pretty much ended any chance of a Vikings win.

Defense: It was a rough night for the "D" as it was constantly put in a bind because of the pitiful offensive and special-teams performances. But the Vikings held the Bears to two field goals in short fields, and MLB E.J. Henderson had a pretty productive night with eight tackles, including two for losses. He was in pretty good coverage on Bears WR Rashied Davis on a TD in the back of the endzone, a play that would have been hard to stop. Henderson left the game in the fourth quarter with a finger injury but still led the Vikings in tackles.

Special teams: It was a mostly awful night for the special teams all around, allowing Devin Hester to run back a kickoff 79 yards and a punt for a TD. KR Lorenzo Booker had a 49-yard return and gave the team decent average starting field position because of the Bears' short kickoffs, but he also muffed one attempt out of bounds for no gain. He also fumbled very late in the game on offense. Still, on a night when the punting and coverage was awful, we'll give the slight nod to Booker, who took over KR duties from Harvin and has been with the team only a few weeks.