Vikings players and coaches have elected Most Valuable Players on offense, defense and special teams. They are:
– RB Adrian Peterson: The rookie is third in the NFL with 1,305 rushing yards entering Sunday’s regular-season finale in Denver. He trails San Diego’s LaDainian Tomlinson (1,418 yards) and Pittsburgh’s Willie Parker (1,316). Parker’s season is finished because of injury, so Peterson should finish second in the league. Peterson led the NFL in rushing for much of the year but missed two games because of a knee injury. His 296 yards on the ground Nov. 4 against San Diego established an NFL record. Peterson also has rushed for 12 touchdowns.
Defense: E.J. Henderson made a smooth transition from weak-side linebacker back to middle linebacker this season and leads the Vikings with 138 tackles. He also has 4.5 sacks, 19 quarterback hurries and 13 tackles for loss. Vikings coach Brad Childress said he felt Henderson had a Pro Bowl caliber season. Henderson did not make the NFC team but is a second alternate.
– Special teams: Heath Farwell leads the Vikings with 30 tackles playing on these units and is a repeat winner. Farwell set a team mark this year by recovering two on-side kicks in a season.
Last season, running back Chester Taylor was the Vikings’ MVP on offense and cornerback Antoine Winfield earned the honor on defense.