On a team with plenty of talent, Percy Harvin was one of the players to stand out last week against the Dallas Cowboys. He was honored with an award for his 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
The Vikings team have numerous players that can tilt the fortunes of a game. The non-inclusive list includes the likes of Brett Favre
, Adrian Peterson
, Randy Moss
, Jared Allen
, Kevin Williams
, E.J. Henderson
, Antoine Winfield
, Cedric Griffin
, Sidney Rice
and Ryan Longwell
. Each of them, in the context of a team sport, has played a game that has been critical to his team winning.
In 2009, the Vikings had several of those outings. From Favre to Peterson to Allen, Vikings players racked up Player of the Week honors for having exemplary games. For the second time, Percy Harvin
added his name to that list.
Harvin was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his part in Sunday's win over Dallas. His 95-yard touchdown on the opening kick of the second half energized the Metrodome and proved to be the difference in the game.
What propelled the Vikings to a 12-4 record last year were similar performances – the individual performances in the context of the professional sport most reliant on team accomplishments – that turned deficits into leads and close games into blowouts.
With the number of difference-making players on the Vikings roster, the question that other NFL teams may have to ask is, "Who's next?" Will it be Peterson? Favre? Moss? Allen? Harvin again?
Perhaps the swagger is back. Check back with us before midnight Sunday to see if the strut continues.
The Vikings' first injury report for Sunday's game is deep, including 10 players. CB Lito Sheppard (hand), TE Jim Kleinsasser (groin) and S Husain Abdullah (concussion) did not participate. Seven others were listed as limited – QB Brett Favre (elbow), LB E.J. Henderson (knee), C John Sullivan (calf), CB Chris Cook (knee), DE Brian Robison (ankle), DT Letroy Guion (toe) and G Chris DeGeare (ankle).
To the surprise of few, Brett Favre declined to answer questions about the ongoing NFL investigation at his Wednesday press conference, despite being asked on multiple occasions to speak to the allegations. It is looking more likely that the case isn't going to get a lot of traction. On Tuesday, word got out that Jenn Sterger had obtained impressive legal counsel to represent her interests. What makes that important is that, when given an option, savvy attorneys will always advise clients to say as little as possible to investigators so as not to compromise any potential future litigation. Seeing as the NFL is not a law enforcement agency, it is unlikely anything of substance will be offered up by Sterger. Without firsthand corroboration to the alleged incidents, the investigation could fizzle. It may be laying the groundwork for a civil lawsuit against the NFL, the Jets and/or Favre. If that is the case, there is no chance Sterger's legal team will let her say anything to the NFL, seeing that, if there is a civil suit, the NFL could be one of the defendants.
On ABC's late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live," the host joked about the new NFL policy on big hits. Hinting that the league is softening its image, Kimmel introduced the latest NFL Films faux-production "The Greatest Missed Tackles." The package included a missed tackle in Sunday's game by a Cowboys player sliding down the leg of Percy Harvin when he scored his 95-yard touchdown on the opening kick of the second half of Sunday's win. It should be noted that, if purchased, buyers will also receive "The NFL's Greatest Kneel-Downs" for the low, low price of $19.99.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.