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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