Poll Of The Week

Week Fourteen Player of the Game: Vote Now!

The Thursday Night game threw us for a bit of a loop here at VT, as we’re creatures of habit and try to adhere to a schedule of weekly programming during the season. However, better late than never and we we refuse to miss a week where one of these Vikings players who worked so hard isn’t gifted the highly sought after Vikings Territory Player of the Game award.

There were a lot of new faces on the field Thursday night against the Cardinals. In fact, the Vikings started six rookies in Arizona – the most in Vikings history. They weren’t perfect, but the team showed a ton of fight and came just within reach of achieving a major upset against a Superbowl contender during prime time.

Though the Vikings didn’t come away with a win, there were quite a few impressive performances. Before we jump in to this week’s nominees, let’s recap our previous 13 awards this season.

WEEK ONE: Anthony Barr

WEEK TWO: Adrian Peterson

WEEK THREE: Harrison Smith

WEEK FOUR: Linval Joseph

WEEK SIX: Stefon Diggs

WEEK SEVEN: Stefon Diggs

WEEK EIGHT: Stefon Diggs

WEEK NINE: Linval Joseph

WEEK TEN: Terence Newman

WEEK ELEVEN: Teddy Bridgewater

WEEK TWELVE: Anthony Barr

WEEK THIRTEEN: Nobody  (Yeah… nobody. For the first time ever here at VT, we award the Player of the Game Award for Week Thirteen to nobody. It was that bad… Cordarrelle Patterson was one vote behind “Nobody” in the voting and almost managed to win. )

Thankfully, “nobody” isn’t an option this week.

Teddy Bridgewater

Bridgewater may have had his best game of the year against one of the best secondaries in the NFL. The offensive line performed relatively well and Norv Turner played to his personnel’s strengths for most of the game – allowing Bridgewater to operate out of the shotgun on short drops with quick routes from his receivers. He connected with 11 different receivers for more yards (335) than any other quarterback this week (not including the Monday night game) and no interceptions. At times, Bridgewater was able to move the ball down the field with ease and is certainly worthy of consideration this week.

Everson Griffen

Though Griffen was only able to get to Carson Palmer once for a sack, he seemed to be in his face throughout the game. Palmer was under pressure throughout the game and forced on numerous occasions to get rid of the ball before he wanted to. Griffen was PFF’s highest rated Vikings from Thursday night (+4.9).

Anthony Harris

Filling in for the depleted Vikings safeties, Anthony Harris was very impressive in his first ever NFL start. Harris was called up earlier in the week from the practice squad to help out with one of the most dangerous offenses in the NFL. He had seven tackles, one assist and came very close to picking off Carson Palmer.

Danielle Hunter

The freak athlete Danielle Hunter has been impressive in a rotational role in his rookie season. More promising is that his performance seems to improve with each passing week. Hunter was also responsible for a good amount of the pressure Palmer faced all night and finally got to the veteran quarterback for a sack in the second quarter (his third of the year).

Kyle Rudolph

After a very slow start to the season, Kyle Rudolph has made himself very useful over the last few games. With six receptions for 67 yards, Rudolph came through multiple times and helped convert on third downs when it mattered. Though he didn’t have any touchdowns, he was critical to the success of the Vikings pass offense.


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    1. How is there this much blind loyalty for Teddy? I’ll admit he looked like an NFL quarterback for most of the game but he cost us he game in the end.

      If this was the NFC championship game he’d be forever labeled as Gary Anderson 2.0

      1. I will say, if not for that last play he’d be my pick, and some of the blame is with Turner there but still…

        Look at Kalil, have a good game with 2 blown plays and he’s labeled as awful. Teddy has a good game with a game losing play and it’s Kalils fault, Turners fault, the ball boys fault, George W’s fault…

        I’m probably being too harsh on teddy but that’s because 97.82% of the Vikings fan base is giving him too many passes and excuses.

        1. the play call and TB holding the ball too long are both secondary to kalil getting beat badly on our last play. kalil said he got beat. TB has had his problems this year, but he also had his best game in this game, so when else should he be POTG? our own TOs and missing out on two INTS killed us, not TB, he kept us in the game (and AZ was kinda flat), so we were lucky to be in it at all at the end

  1. Really glad Teddy played well this week. It should shut up those people saying we need a new QB for a week or two

  2. Torn between TB and Everson since Teddy had his best game statistically, but he still fumbled away the chance for a tie. Everson was the top D player statistically, so I will go with him. I do understand that the play call was terrible for the situation. Not a time to call for a slow developing pass play just to gain an extra ten yards or so for the FG. Nonetheless, Teddy should have recognized the one on one situation on his blind side and either rolled away from it or kept one eye on it.

  3. Gotta go with Zach Line on this one. Zach’s inspiring catch in the fourth quarter gave a beleaguered Vikings team hope in their come back attempt versus the Cardinals. Line’s catch was inspiring. Even more impressive was his run after the catch. It was positively Duganesque. Line is one flattened Back Judge away from becoming legendary.

    The facts are undeniable. The Vikings have won every single game that Zach Line gets to run the ball. It’s December which equals crunch time for this team. Norv needs to unclasp the shackles and release the beast. The One, The Only, The Undefined, Zach Line.

    1. I almost voted for Line myself, Ole. I’d love to see him get more touches on a consistent basis, but then I’ve always favored the classic halfback and fullback offense, the more balanced the better.

  4. I went with Anthony Harris.Kid was put in to a tough spot having to come off the practice squad and start.He did a great job.

    1. Good observation and good point aussie. Hard to imagine the pressure he must have been feeling, and he did an admirable job. I would change my vote from Everson to him if I could.