Minnesota Vikings: Player Watch 12 Oct 11

QB Donovan McNabb continues to be one of the least accurate passers in the league with a 56.8 completion percentage. One-hop bounce passes have become commonplace. He’s also completing just 39 percent of his third-down passes.

TE Visanthe Shiancoe has had more off-target balls thrown his way than any other player on the team. He was targeted six times against the Cardinals, but most of them were uncatchable. He finished with one catch for 20 yards.

DE Jared Allen had 8.5 sacks to lead the NFL by 1.5. He’s on a pace for 27 sacks, which would shatter the NFL record and the team record of 21 set by Chris Doleman. Allen also drops into coverage in some blitz packages. He’s proven to be a sound tackler in space, and even cut in front of a running back to intercept a pass in the season-opener at San Diego.

P Chris Kluwe proves his value week after week. Facing the NFL’s No. 2 punt returner – Arizona rookie Patrick Peterson – Kluwe bombed four punts for an average of 47.5 yards. Peterson wasn’t able to return a single one. And one of Kluwe’s punts was downed at the Arizona 3.

RB Adrian Peterson had another dominant first half. In the first 12 minutes of the 34-10 win over the Cardinals, Peterson had three rushing touchdowns that reminded onlookers that they’re seeing a special player in his prime. With eight and nine men in the box, Peterson juked, stiff-armed and bowled over defenders en route to touchdowns of 24, 4 and 14 yards.

WR Percy Harvin, at 185 pounds, is one of the smallest players on the team. But he won a game ball on Sunday because of his blocking in the run game. Harvin, who caught only one pass and had one rush, took out linebackers and safeties while helping spring Adrian Peterson loose several times.

DE Everson Griffen has become one of the most versatile players on the team. He can play either end position, tackle in the nickel and also stand up as a linebacker when the Vikings go to a three-man line in passing situations. His coverage skills are raw, at best, but he is effective as a pass rusher from the standing position.

PR Marcus Sherels is quietly turning a long-time weakness into a strength in Minnesota. A second-year pro who spent all but one game last year on the practice squad, Sherels is fourth in the NFL with a 15.2-yard punt return average. His 23-yard return to the Cardinals’ 18-yard line set up the Vikings’ first touchdown on Sunday.

RB Lorenzo Booker is a nice change-of-pace back who is earning more playing time in the backfield behind Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart. He had two catches for 25 yards and a 25-yard run off a reverse against the Cardinals.

DE Brian Robison, who was overshadowed by Ray Edwards in recent seasons, is becoming an even better every-down player than Edwards, who ended up signing with Atlanta before the season. Robison has 4 ½ sacks, good for a tie for ninth in the league. Edwards has one sack for the Falcons.

WR Michael Jenkins had a team-high four catches, but showed again that he’s not a guy who is going to stretch the field. He is a precise route runner who doesn’t even average 9 yards a catch (8.8). He also lost a fumble on Sunday.