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The Harvin Dynamic

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 2, 2009 – 12:58 pm

A year ago while playing for the Florida Gators, WR Percy Harvin was the most electric player on the field each week. Now 8 games into his NFL career with the Vikings, not much has changed. His most recent effort against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Sunday is just the latest example of why Harvin is the best rookie in the league and one of the most valuable players on the Vikings roster.

Much of the focus Sunday was centered on Harvin’s QB, Brett Favre, as he made his return to Lambeau Field. And as well as Favre played – 17 of 28 for 244 yards and 4 TDs – one can argue that Harvin’s performance was every bit as important to the team. The dynamic rookie accounted for 261 all-purpose yards and 1 TD on 11 touches.

Time and again throughout Sunday’s game in Green Bay, Harvin dashed through the Packers special teams unit to set up favorable field position for the offense. The Vikings average starting spot after kickoffs on Sunday was their own 49-yardline. That is incredibly good field position, especially for an offense with a QB playing as well as Favre, the game’s best RB and a receiving corps as explosive as the Vikings.

What makes Harvin’s big-play capabilities even more impressive is the timing of his big plays. He had a 77-yard kickoff return early in the game that led to the Vikings 1st TD and a 7-3 lead. He had a return out to the 37-yardline that eventually led to a receiving TD of his own – the 51-yarder where 3 Packers defenders collided and Harvin sprinted to give the Vikings a 24-3 lead. Then in the 4th quarter after Green Bay cut the Vikings lead to 24-20, Harvin answered with a 48-yard return to the Green Bay 38-yardline, which set up yet another Vikings TD and a 31-20 lead.

As anyone who has watched the Vikings this season surely realizes, Harvin’s performance on Sunday wasn’t a one-hit wonder. For the season, Harvin now has 1,268 all-purpose yards and 5 TDs on 64 touches. He is averaging 19.9 yards per touch and 30.7 yards per kickoff return (2nd in the NFL). Harvin already has 860 kickoff return yards and is on pace for 1,720, a number that would smash the team record for kickoff return yards in a season (1,345 – Buster Rhymes in 1985).

And speaking of team records, he’s already established a new one for kickoff return TDs in a season with 2. And he’s got another half-season to add to that record and continue his pursuit of several others.

A written explanation of Harvin’s impact doesn’t truly give it justice. So, click here to watch highlights of Harvin vs. Green Bay and see for yourself just how electric he is.

Once you’re done watching that, feel free to click here and vote Harvin into the Pro Bowl.


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21 Responses to “The Harvin Dynamic”

  1. By Alex on Nov 2, 2009 | Reply

    harvin is the best

  2. By Joel on Nov 2, 2009 | Reply

    This is the best i have felt about this team in years, and i’ve been watching them for more than 20 years.

  3. By Purplepride on Nov 2, 2009 | Reply

    Percy Harvin by far is the most vesital player in the NFL right now…. He returns kicks, plays slot receiver and can run the wildcat making him a running back. To be a Rookie and do all this when he does it and how he does it gets my vote for Rookie of the Year and sending him to Hawaii… Percy is the MAN
    Such a class player …Not to mention it was him that won them the National Championshiop last year against Alabama….He kept that Defense off balance and if he was out I don’t think Teebow was enough

  4. By Paul Britt on Nov 2, 2009 | Reply

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    People love to compare game speed of Players around the League!
    You Have “Percy Harvin” and “Adrian Peterson”…..
    I’m still trying figure out who is the fastest???

  5. By MissButterfly on Nov 2, 2009 | Reply

    I voted for my Pro Bowl picks, including that fantastic Percy Harvin!

  6. By Paul Britt on Nov 2, 2009 | Reply

    #12 is shifty like gears on a car!!!
    Does anyone know who is faster clockwise, between Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin??

  7. By FAVREVIDELIZE on Nov 2, 2009 | Reply

    HARVIN SHOULD CHANGE IS NUMBER TOO NUMBER #1 AS A VET.

  8. By vikescot on Nov 2, 2009 | Reply

    Absolutely a great game but another nail biter.I am concerned that our offense seems to have trouble putting teams away.They have problems closing teams out.Truely a tribute to our defense but my Cardiologist tends to recommend to “watch” with caution!!!!!!!! I am impressed w/ most of C2(Cheesehead Connection) = Childress and Bevel ‘s off. play calling except w/ lack of quick slants and inability to get AD (stands for ADRENALIN) the football out in the flats !!!!!!! Is this Staff holding back on certain plays so they have plays that the opponents can not view on film and plan for use later in season or in playoffs or is the off. not set-up to utilize the quick over the middle slants etc…. G O V I K E S !!!!!!!!!!!

  9. By vikescot on Nov 2, 2009 | Reply

    Forgot to add reg. above cmts as quick slants and over middle / flat play calling have seen times when Favre is over center and have 8-9 in box and am hoping he will audible to a quick slant over d line and mid backers for quick pop and he chooses to stay w/ AD run up the gut !!!!!!The mid field 6-10 yds up is wide open for exploitation !!!!!!! AD would be great decoy for this quick slant play as if def believes we are going AD up gut Harvin or Rice would be perfect counter on quick slant over middle or in the flats!!!!!!!

  10. By Jon on Nov 2, 2009 | Reply

    Harvin is consistent, He makes good opportunities for the offense and on special teams. When he fully matures. He Will be setting multiple records. Yet him being as good as he is, A.P does have some consideration in who is the better man.

  11. By vikingjack on Nov 2, 2009 | Reply

    HARVIN…ROOKIE OF THE YEAR!!!

  12. By toddgatoor on Nov 2, 2009 | Reply

    fyi..harvin didn’t play against alabama in the sec championship game! glad you guys are enjoying him. I sure loved his 3 years with us!

  13. By AussieViking on Nov 2, 2009 | Reply

    Man he gave us position all day…an absolute jet, it seems like each week the opposition have got even more to worry about. Go Vikes!

  14. By Radzinwisconsin on Nov 2, 2009 | Reply

    And to think the Packers passed on this guy twice and selected defense with their 2 first round picks who combined for 1 and half tackles LMAO!!!!!!!

  15. By jared on Nov 2, 2009 | Reply

    peterson is faster

  16. By vikingsfan1955 on Nov 3, 2009 | Reply

    we now have 5 beasts on the vikings.They are hutchinson,jared allen,ap,brett favre and harvin.Harvin will be rookie of the yr.he was off the hook this week as a return man and reciever.I also noticed he made so key blocks.I will say chilly has made good decisions on our draft picks and harvin is a outstanding choice.

  17. By SkolVikes on Nov 3, 2009 | Reply

    Look at the video again to see who sprinted downfield to for the inside block to spring Harvin to the end zone–#28.

  18. By GJ on Nov 3, 2009 | Reply

    Percy will show more as the stakes gets larger. He is Prime Time. Landstown High School, Virginia Beach, Va. He will not be denied.

  19. By james bakonyi on Nov 3, 2009 | Reply

    THE ONLY DOWNSIDE OF HARVIN IS HIS MIGRAINES WHICH MAY COST HIM PLAYING TIME

  20. By Viking-ology on Nov 3, 2009 | Reply

    This kid is impressive, no doubt about it. He can make a big play anytime he is on the field.

  21. By purple08 on Nov 4, 2009 | Reply

    boy does bernard berrian ever seem overpaid right now. he is our #3 receiver. hopefully he can stay healthy for the rest of the season. a couple of weeks rest will be good for him and maybe he will be more of a deep threat in the playoffs. has he caught a 40plus yard pass for a TD yet this season? if we can get him going at the end of the year it will be another weapon for teams to worry about. his speed does not seem to be a factor right now.

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