Poll Of The Week

WEEK NINE: Player Of The Game

After a few fairly obvious choices in recent weeks, the Vikings edged out a win over Washington with many contributors and few flawless performances, which will likely make this week’s poll a little more competitive.

Here are the winners from the first eight weeks of this season:

Past Winners:

WEEK ONE:  Cordarrelle Patterson

WEEK TWO: Harrison Smith

WEEK THREE:  Harrison Smith

WEEK FOUR: Teddy Bridgewater

WEEK FIVE:  Harrison Smith

WEEK SIX:  Linval Joseph

WEEK SEVEN: Everson Griffen

WEEK EIGHT:  Anthony Barr

Nominations for this week’s award, and the poll itself, can be found after the jump.

MATT ASIATA:  I’m plenty guilty of finding little to like about Asiata’s running game, I’ve called him a “one trick pony,” but if that trick is scoring touchdowns then I guess there are worse things to complain about.  Asaita only averaged 2.6 yards on his 10 carries (26 yards total), but his three touchdowns and two-point conversion accounted for a majority of Minnesota’s points.  On top of that, he added four catches for 31 yards.

CHASE FORD:  Greg Jennings led Minnesota in receiving yards, but it was Ford that appeared to be Teddy Bridgewater’s safety valve on Sunday, catching five passes for 66 yards and a score.  Ford’s wide open touchdown was a much needed stroke of good luck at exactly the right time.

EVERSON GRIFFEN:  The days of mobile quarterbacks shredding Minnesota’s defense appear to be nearing an end.  Griffen showed maturity that Jared Allen still doesn’t show when it came to staying home and containing RGIII’s running ability.  Griffen added another sack to his already impressive total and ended the day with six tackles, two for a loss, and three quarterback hits.

SHARRIF FLOYD:  While his stat line will not fully depict the impact he had on this game, Floyd stood out to anyone watching with a consistently high level of play coupled with a few moments of brilliance.  He was in on five tackles, was credited with half a sack, and hit RGIII on two occasions.

ANTHONY BARR:  Last week’s winner again put together an impressive performance and could use the second half of this season to draw serious consideration for defensive player of the year.  He ended the day with four solo tackles, two for a loss, and a sack that looked like it sucked the confidence right out of RGIII if even for just a moment.

OTHER:  Some will argue that Bridgewater’s performance deserves more credit.  Others will say this game is another loss without Captain Munnerlyn’s opportunistic interception right before halftime.  You might even look at this offensive line and find a guy you think is worthy.  Marcus Sherels had a couple of nice special teams tackles.  Even Rhett Ellison could be considered.  I think the guys listed above were the top contributors to this win, mostly due to the big plays they produced, but you don’t have to agree with me.  Click the “other” button and let us know which player your vote is for in the comments section below.

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dandyfop
dandyfop
6 years ago

Bridgewater should clearly be one of the nominees–he of course missed on some big plays, but he also kept the Vikings in the game and got the job done when it counted.

CSlinde
CSlinde
6 years ago

B-Water. No turn overs, not getting ‘rattled’ sticking with what he needs to do and being a leader. The kids got a little too excited on that deep ball, both of them. Was sort of cute, now that we won, seeing them be so surprised how open that play was. I think it will come together sooner than later. SKOL!

Tom
Tom
6 years ago

I was going to vote for Bridgewater for leading us down the field for two scores to give us the lead. I thought he’d be an obvious nominee, but whatever. My vote is for Bridgewater.

Skol12
Skol12
6 years ago

Matt Asiata… “You need three yards, he’ll get you three yards. You need eight yards, he’ll get you three yards.”
I voted for Everson for the pressure on his cousin Robert.

Brett Anderson
Brett Anderson
Reply to  Skol12
6 years ago

I laughed

WTFVikesfan
WTFVikesfan
Reply to  Skol12
6 years ago

WOW SKol your Kalil was horrible again today.

Skol12
Skol12
Reply to  WTFVikesfan
6 years ago

I’ll admit I didn’t see the second half did he have a bad finish? I was liking how well he picked up the blitz in the first. I only saw two pressures allowed by him, the first he had three defenders rush him and the other he let a guy inside expecting Johnson to be there but Charlie was(I’m assuming here) too busy checking out a girl in the stands.

WTFVIKESFAN
WTFVIKESFAN
Reply to  Skol12
6 years ago

You thought Kalil looked good in the first half? What game were u watching, or how much were u drinking?

aussie61
aussie61
Reply to  WTFVIKESFAN
6 years ago

I think Skol is Kalil in disguise!

ajun68
ajun68
6 years ago

Bridgewater.

c.carterhof
c.carterhof
6 years ago

TEDDY! That is all…

Brett Anderson
Brett Anderson
6 years ago

Teddy B

Fran the Man
Fran the Man
6 years ago

Even tho you didn’t list him Adam, I had to go with Teddy.
He had a fairly bad start, a couple of under and over throws. That one to a wide open Patterson might have really shook him up but didn’t. Player of the Game.

Dan T.
Dan T.
6 years ago

The amount of time it’s taking Teddy to get control of his accuracy is troubling. If he hits those first two deep balls we’re up 14-3 in the first quarter and that puts Washington in a difficult position. Seems like the wind may have been more of a factor than I realized when I was swearing at my TV, but even some of his early completions were making receivers make acrobatic catches. His decision making has been really good though, so I’m optimistic he will continue to get better. Hard to pick an MVP for this one as several guys had big moments. I’m really liking what I’m seeing from Griffen, Shariff, and Barr. All three can be dominant at times and you add Harrison Smiths steady play and there is a lot to be excited about regarding the present and future of this defense. Asiata probably gets the nod for today, can’t win without the points and he did what he needed to to get into the end zone. I’m still perplexed by the Fox networks coverage of him like it was the first time he ever saw the football field.

WTFVikesfan
WTFVikesfan
Reply to  Dan T.
6 years ago

Teddy plays much better when they play no huddle or sped up offence. I wish Turner would do this more.

Ole
Ole
6 years ago

Jeff Dugan
His stats for today only
0 carries for zero yards
0 Catches for zero yards
0 Tackles (the Ref’s were spared today)
Cured 120,000 victims of Ebola in the Canary Islands

Skol12
Skol12
Reply to  Ole
6 years ago

Don’t forget he had 0 fumbles and 0 penalties. Also allowed 0 qb pressures And 0 sacks.

WTFVikesfan
WTFVikesfan
6 years ago

I voter Other………….. TEDDY

WTFVikesfan
WTFVikesfan
6 years ago

^Voted

VikingHorn
VikingHorn
6 years ago

Other: Harrison Smith, always there he should be, except that the ref’s shafted him
he played a really good game!

AnotherVoteForTeddy
AnotherVoteForTeddy
6 years ago

A lot of solid performances by athletic players, but it was Teddy’s cool demeanor that kept everything together. The “Hey, Chase- go deep…”- finger wave was the best play of the game, IMO. I’ve been waiting decades to see a QB with that level of calm control!

Fran the Man
Fran the Man
Reply to  AnotherVoteForTeddy
6 years ago

He is Mr. Cool, isn’t he? If h can settle down early in the game and get those long balls on the money, he’ll become a very good QB.

Fran the Man
Fran the Man
6 years ago

Looks like you can blame one of the long throws on Patterson;
https://vine.co/v/OOHqrHlWrKD
Teddy! Player of the Game!

Cm1
Cm1
6 years ago

I think John Sullivan could grab some attention. Sharrif was my vote.

CSlinde
CSlinde
6 years ago

If Teddy can get balls deep more accurately he’ll be a fine QB!

CalVkg
CalVkg
6 years ago

in between scaling mount saint helen several times yesterday, i was only able to watch a bit of the second half and then the finish, and it looks like a good, all around win for the team with no stand-out player of the game, however, looking at the stat sheet for the game, what stood out was that i saw smith had ten tackles, but still, no vote, i don’t deserve a vote

c.carterhof
c.carterhof
Reply to  CalVkg
6 years ago

Smith played a great game…as he usually does.
Next time do that scaling on a Saturday.
You missed a good one from Teddy.

DenverD
DenverD
6 years ago

I think Patterson lost the ball in the sun. It also didn’t look like CP was full speed. If he sees it I think he’s under that ball in stride.

c.carterhof
c.carterhof
Reply to  DenverD
6 years ago

Agree, that one is on CP as much as Teddy.

c.carterhof
c.carterhof
6 years ago

First of all, what in the hell is Bridgewater doing carrying the ball on 3rd and 3, to seal the game? Come on Norm! What’s wrong with lining up in a power I? Not a fan of the pistol in that situation.
But Mike Zimmer is a great defensive tactician. There is no other explanation. What are we, 8th in total D? There’s been 3 new players from last year, maybe 4? Barr makes a big difference tho…Griffen is a freak. Floyd is showing signs…The DB’s are looking solid.
Then of course there’s Teddy…man this dude is great. Did anyone see him point open Ford on that TD? That was cool. Not too worried about the long misses, he seems like the kind of kid that will get better at that. Sully said, “What he has…you can’t teach.” It’s very early in his career but so far…

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