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By Christian West

Here are three up and three down following the Vikings' 33-27 loss to the Packers on Sunday.


WR Michael Jenkins — Jenkins seemed to have a rapport with Donovan McNabb before McNabb was relegated to the bench, but he didn't miss him on Sunday. Jenkins had his best game of the season with 111 yards on three catches, including a 72-yard TD reception on the first offensive play of the game. The long ball was something new for Jenkins, who had primarily worked underneath through the season. At this point, it seems Jenkins is the No. 1 receiver in Minnesota.

C Joe Berger — There had to be concern with a backup center going against one of the premier nose tackles in the league in B.J. Raji, but Berger held his own. Berger held Raji in check for most of the afternoon, as Christian Ponder was able to stand in the pocket comfortably and Adrian Peterson was able to get going in the running game. The fact that Raji had a relatively quiet game (three tackles, one sack) says all you need to know about Berger.

QB Christian Ponder — The young QB didn't have flashy numbers (13-of-32 passing for 219 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions and a 59.3 passer rating) but the offense looked energized with him in the game. He made some good throws, showed good mobility getting outside the pocket and either running for yards or throwing to receivers. He made his fair share of rookie mistakes, but showed he has the pure ability to play the game's toughest position. The key now is to build on this.


S Husain Abdullah — Abdullah has struggled for two consecutive games, both in pass coverage and run support. On Greg Jennings' 79-yard touchdown reception, it was Abdullah who vacated his two-deep responsibility and left the Packers' Pro Bowler wide open. Late in the game, when the Vikings were down a score and needed a stop to get the ball back on offense, Abdullah missed a tackle on RB James Starks on 2nd-and-long, allowing Starks to gain 20 yards and get a critical first down. Abdullah needs to find the consistency he had the first few weeks of the season to help an ailing secondary.

DE Brian Robison — Not only was his pass rush neutralized for the second consecutive game as he has struggled getting the edge with his speed rush, but he also was involved in an ugly incident where he kicked Packers OLG T.J. Lang in the groin. Former head of officials Mike Pereira believed Robison should have been ejected, which means a fine or a suspension could be coming.

TE Kyle Rudolph — At a point earlier this season, it seemed like Rudolph's role would continue to grow in the offense but it just hasn't happened. Visanthe Shiancoe has reemerged as the primary tight end and the team has gone with two-TE sets less often in recent weeks. Rudolph was only targeted once on Sunday.

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