Vikings players of the week: Week Six

Posted Oct. 17, 2011 @ 3:23 p.m.
Posted By Christian West

Trying to find players of the game from the Vikings 39-10 blowout loss to the Bears is a difficult task, but we'll do it anyway. Here are the best players on offense, defense and special teams

Offense: QB Christian Ponder

Donovan McNabb didn't play poorly if you only looked at his stats (79.2 completion percentage, 97.4 passer rating), but the offense was never able to maintain rhythm and he took an awful sack that resulted in a safety.

Ponder was under constant duress by the Bears' blitz from the time he entered the game in the fourth quarter, having to scramble away from pressure on multiple occasions. He completed 9-of-17 passes for 99 yards and got the offense moving in garbage time. He didn't make anyone forget Joe Montana, but his limited action showed that he at least belongs on this level.

Defense: DE Jared Allen

Allen was handled very well by the Bears' max-protection schemes and when he was left one-on-one with Bears OLT J'Marcus Webb, he didn't win a lot. However, he made the defense's biggest play of the game, getting a strip-sack of Jay Cutler and causing a turnover. It was a hustle sack, aided by the Vikings' secondary playing good coverage on the play for one of the few times of the game.

Special teams: RS Lorenzo Booker

No one on special teams played well, as they allowed two long returns by Devin Hester, including a kickoff-return touchdown. Plus, PK Ryan Longwell missed a 38-yard field-goal attempt late in the first half. Booker was solid on kickoff returns, gaining 24.5 yards per return on four returns. But it was a dreadful day for the unit as a whole.