Taylor, Williams Fall Short

Vikings running back Chester Taylor and defensive tackle Kevin Williams were runners-up on two awards Wednesday, but Taylor and head coach Brad Childress have two more possibilities later this week.

Vikings running back Chester Taylor and defensive tackle Kevin Williams finished as winners on Sunday in Seattle, but they were runners-up on Wednesday for the NFL's offensive and defensive weekly awards.

Taylor and four other nominees lost out to Falcons tight end Alge Crumpler for the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Crumpler had six catches for 117 yards and three touchdowns. Each of Crumpler's catches went for a first down or a touchdown. Alge is the brother of former Vikings tight end Carlester Crumpler.

Taylor had 169 yards rushing and one touchdown – a franchise-record 95-yarder – in the Vikings' 31-13 win over Seattle.

Williams and three other nominees lost out to Tampa Bay cornerback Ronde Barber, who had six tackles, forced a fumble and returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the Bucs' 23-21 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Williams had four tackles, including a sack, a pass defensed and recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown.

The Vikings lead the league with four defensive touchdowns.

"I'd like to be able to rely on a defensive touchdown every week and I'm kind of getting reliant on it here at this point," Vikings head coach Brad Childress said Monday after his team scored three defensive touchdowns in their last two games.

Childress is up for the Motorola Coach of the Week, an award that goes to the outstanding coaching performance of the week. Fans can go the NFL.com to vote. Childress is up against Art Shell and Gary Kubiak for this week's honor.

To find the voting area, go to the website home page and drop to the bottom until you see a check mark that says "vote now." Voting is underway and will continue until Friday.

Taylor is also up for another award on the same league website. He is one of three finalists for the FedEx Ground player of the week award, along with Larry Johnson and Leon Washington.


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