Cordarrelle Patterson earns NFC Special Teams Player of the Week
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Vikings return man Cordarrell Patterson earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Week, the team announced Wednesday.
Patterson is the first Vikings player to win the award since Percy Harvin in 2009, after Patterson returned the opening kickoff 109 yards for an NFL record.
The run electrified the crowd and kept the Vikings in the game against the Packers on Sunday. But it fell apart at the seams in the second half, as Green Bay went on to rout Minnesota.
From the team:
Against Green Bay, Patterson's 228 kick return yards rank 2nd in single game totals in the NFL this season and his 45.6 yards per return average ranks 3rd, behind his own performance against Chicago (49.7) and Devin Hester (49.8, vs. Min. 9/15). Along with his 109-yard return, Patterson also had returns of 51 and 30 yards in Week 8. The Tennessee product is the only player in the NFL to return 2 kicks for a TD this season, which ties a team record (Percy Harvin, 2009).
For the season, Patterson leads the league with 703 kick return yards, 39.1 yard kick return average and 2 kick return TDs. In 7 career games, Patterson has tied an NFL record for career plays over 105 yards with 2 (Jacoby Jones, Ed Reed).
Patterson is still not used very often as a wide receiver, but he received the game ball from 1500ESPN.com beat reporter Andrew Krammer in this week's film review.