WR Percy Harvin is once again a rookie of the week candidate at NFL.com, but the competition is stiff this week.
WR Percy Harvin
is being recognized for his 101-yard, one-touchdown effort Sunday against the Chicago Bears
, as the Vikings receiver is one of five players up for the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week award voted on by fans.
Harvin had six receptions for 101 yards and touchdown and added 45 yards rushing in the Vikings' 36-10 win over the Bears. Harvin won the award in Week 7 and Week 8 and was nominated several other times.
This week, Harvin is up against Titans rookie receiver Kenny Britt
, who had seven catches for 128 yards, including the game-winning touchdown as time expired in a 20-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals
Also nominated were Ravens LB Paul Kruger
(two tackles and an overtime interception that led to Baltimore's winning score), Bronco RB Knowshon Moreno
(19 rushes for 88 yards and a touchdown in a Thanksgiving win over the New York Giants
), and Cardinals PR/KR LaRod Stephens-Howling
(99-yard kick return for a touchdown and downed three punts inside the 5-yard line).
The rookie of the week award is voted on by fans at NFL.com/rookies
In another award voted on by fans at NFL.com, Brett Favre
was left off the list of candidates for the FedEx Air Player of the Week after a three-touchdown, 392-yard performance against the Bears. The quarterbacks nominated for that award were Drew Brees
(371 yards and five TDs), Aaron Rodgers
(348 yards and three TDs) and Vince Young
(387 yards and the game-winning TD).
Cardinals QB Kurt Warner has his streak of consecutive starts ended at 41 last week when the team medical staff advised him not to play and he agreed because of vision problems following head and neck injuries. The Cardinals have a two-game lead in the NFC West over the 49ers, but backup Matt Leinart has not looked sharp, which begs the question as to whether Warner can return in time to play the Vikings Sunday night or if he will be required to rest longer.
The Cardinals were going to be a home underdog regardless, but, if Warner can't play, their job becomes even more difficult.
The Saints just kept rolling along with a dismantling of the New England Patriots Monday night. There were quite a few pundits who said the Patriots might be the last team with a shot to knock off New Orleans during the regular season. If so, the Saints are going 16-0 after blasting the Pats into submission Monday. The Vikings trail the Saints by one game for the best record in the NFC.
The Vikings-Bengals game Dec. 13 won't be moved to a 3:15 Central start time as some had speculated last week. The NFL announced that the San Diego-Dallas game would be moved to a 3:15 CST start, while keeping the Minnesota-Cincinnati game will have a noon CST start.
With the New Orleans win Monday, the 2009 season set a record for being the first to have two teams start the season 11-0. The Colts are the other team that has been perfect out of the gate.
The Vikings now have the league's fifth-ranked offense (ninth rushing, seventh passing) and eighth-ranked defense (second versus the rush and 19th against the pass).
Tim Yotter is the publisher of Viking Update. John Holler contributed to this notebook. 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.