Vikings stock report: Week 14

Posted Dec. 12, 2011 @ 11:01 a.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

Here are three stocks going up and three going down following the Vikings 34-28 loss to the Lions Sunday:

Rising

QB Joe Webb

With Christian Ponder struggling and apparently injured with a hip pointer, Webb responded with some tremendous runs. He was spotty in the passing game, completing only 12-of-23 passes, but had the Lions' defense on the run most of the second half. The Vikings have to find ways to utilize him on offense without taking the ball out of Ponder's hands too much. Webb is explosive, plain and simple.

DE Jared Allen

With three sacks, he now has 17½ on the season and can make a run at Michael Strahan's all-time mark of 22½, which was set in 2001. Allen has remained full tilt this season even as things have crumbled around him. "Jared's a great competitor," head coach Leslie Frazier said. "His attitude this entire season has been terrific, from Day One."

WR-KR Percy Harvin

A 47-yard kickoff return, a 32-yard run and a 16-yard reception showed that he is the best playmaker the Vikings have and a great hope for the future — if he can stay healthy. Even banged up and even with the team playing its third QB this season, Harvin is still a difference maker as a receiver, runner or returner.

Falling

Head coach Leslie Frazier

The decision to start Ponder over Webb was a bad one. It was the third consecutive week a questionable game-day coaching maneuver cost the Vikings victory.

CB Cedric Griffin

Hobbled with two bad knees all season, Griffin hit rock bottom when he was benched (without many quality options behind him) mid-game and then essentially asked for his outright release after it. The Vikings need to move on, and Griffin's statement ensures he won't be back next season, if that decision hadn't been made already. The only question now is if he remains on the roster — the Vikings are, after all, desperate for defensive backs — this week.

WR Devin Aromashodu

He had a few big drops, catching only four of the 10 passes thrown his way. With a starting opportunity, Aromashodu has made some plays this season but also has left many on the field. No wonder the Bears lost faith in him. He has talent but too often doesn't come through with big plays.