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Vikings players of the week: Week Five

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By Christian West

These were the standout players on offense, defense and special teams in the Vikings 34-10 victory over the Cardinals.

Offense: RB Adrian Peterson

Peterson ran around, but mostly through the Cardinals' defense on Sunday, to the tune of 122 yards and three first-quarter touchdowns. The Vikings established Peterson early and often, as they built a 28-0 first-quarter lead. No one is happier than Patrick Peterson that the game is over, given that he was on the receiving end of two powerful Peterson touchdowns.

Defense: DE Jared Allen

Allen continues to dominate opposing offensive tackles and had a field day against Cardinals OLT Levi Brown, recording two sacks, two tackles for loss, three quarterback hits and a fumble recovery. Allen used inside and outside rush moves at will and harassed QB Kevin Kolb all day in the pocket.

Special teams: P Chris Kluwe

Kluwe had a great day punting, averaging 47.5 both net and gross on his four kicks and forcing the Cardinals to start inside their 20 twice, including once inside the five. He also kept the ball away from the Cardinals' dangerous return man, Patrick Peterson, as the rookie was unable to return a punt all game.

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