There are many Vikings players whose performances this season are worthy of praise. It’s not hard to make a Pro Bowl case for Jared Allen, Chad Greenway, Matt Kalil, Adrian Peterson, Antoine Winfield or Harrison Smith. In fact, I’d love to make a case for each of those guys and others (Kyle Rudolph, John Sullivan and Kevin Williams for starters) right now, but at some point it would become white noise (what I say probably already is, I guess).
But with Pro Bowl voting set to end tonight, there are two more names I’m going to throw into the mix – FB Jerome Felton and K Blair Walsh. Both have played well on an individual level and their great individual performances have made a significant impact on the Vikings as a team this season.
Peterson deserves tons of credit for the season he’s having. You know the numbers by now. But Peterson will be the first to tell you it’s a team effort. He’ll credit his offensive line for opening up seams and creases. He’ll credit his wide receivers and tight ends for blocking downfield. And, he’ll most definitely credit his fullback for leading the way.
“He’s playing outstanding,” Peterson said. “He’s doing a great job blocking, opening things up for me. We communicate, we’re on the same page with different schemes we use to attack in the running game. He’s shown that he’s reliable to get the job done.
“Definitely should be a Pro Bowler. You just sit back and watch the film on him, you’ll see him blowing up guys. He’s got good hands, making big receptions, leading me to the end zone. He’s made a lot of plays.”
This one doesn’t need much explanation. He set a single-season record for touchbacks several weeks ago and last week in St. Louis he set a new Vikings rookie scoring mark, surpassing the record previously set by Randy Moss. Walsh leads the NFL and has tied a single-season NFL record for FGs of 50+ yards with 8 (he’s 8 of 8 from that distance), he’s 2nd in the NFC with 47 touchbacks, 3rd in the NFC in FGs made (29) and FG% (90.6%), and he has a game-tying kick and a game-winning kick (Week 1 vs. Jacksonville).
There’s not much more you can ask for from an NFL kicker.
You can cast your votes for Felton, Walsh and other Vikings by clicking here. Remember, voting ends Monday night, so head there now and make your voice heard.
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