Football Outsiders weekly DVOA rankings gives the Vikings special teams some love this week – mentioning such household names as Kenny Onatolu, Jamarca Sanford and Heath Farwell.
This blog has spent a lot of time writing about how the addition of Brett Favre, the drafting of Percy Harvin and the emergence of Sidney Rice has helped make the Vikings a complete football team. And while I've praised the Vikings special teams play at times this season, I probably haven't praised them enough.
Percy Harvin, Darius Reynaud and Jaymar Johnson have provided the Vikings offence with great field position with their kick-off and punt returns. Meanwhile the Vikings kick-off and punt coverage units have helped their defence by negating (except for the Josh Cribbs TD return in week one) any long returns and forcing opposing offences to drive many yards, drive-after-drive-after drive.
I doubt the Vikings would be 8-1 without the improvement its special teams has shown so far.