Here are the Vikings' players of the week from their 33-27 loss to the Packers Sunday.
Offense — RB Adrian Peterson
The best way to help out a young quarterback going into his first start against the defending world champions is to give him a strong running game. While Christian Ponder gave the offense an infusion of new energy that the team had been lacking, Peterson opened it up with his play on the ground. He had his best game of the season, gaining 175 yards and scoring a touchdown. While there is a lot of positive energy around Ponder, Peterson was the best player for the Vikings' offense Sunday.
Defense — DE Jared Allen
The defense came up with a pair of crucial stops in the first half and they were both the result of Allen sacks. The first came in the first quarter, when Allen sacked Aaron Rodgers for an 11-yard loss on a 3rd-and-2, forcing a punt. The other came in the second quarter on a botched screen pass in the red zone, helping to force a field goal instead of a touchdown. Those two sacks increased his league-leading sack total to 11½.
Special teams — PK Ryan Longwell
Longwell made both of his field-goal attempts Sunday, including a 52-yard no-doubter. After missing one last week during the horrific sequence at the end of the first half against the Bears, it was a good bounce-back game for Longwell.