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Week 1 vs. CLE
Rushing: 2 / 22 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 36 / 1 on 4 targets
Harvin did not look like a rookie in his first NFL game. He was able to gain separation by beating jams from linebackers in the slot, then easily find the holes in the Cleveland zone coverage. Brett Favre clearly grew more comfortable with him as the game progressed and Harvin finished with three catches on four targets on the night. He converted the second of two consecutive red zone targets into a touchdown in the second half. Harvin was also motioned into the backfield on two rushing attempts, both of which went for 11 yard runs around left end. Harvin could potentially be another DeSean Jackson in the making.
Week 2 vs. DET
Rushing: 2 / 14 / 0
Receiving: 5 / 41 / 1 on 5 targets
On any other team, Percy Harvin would be considered a must start. He attacks the defense when he has the ball, and is a great special teams player. He's the primary kick returner and had a couple nice returns after the Lions had scored to put the Vikings in a good position to try and recapture the lead. He was also the QB of the one wildcat formation that the Vikings ran, but gave away the play by motioning to Peterson before the snap and it was stuffed. In the fourth quarter, Brett Favre went to Harvin on several short passes and he was also used on an end around. Whenever Harvin touched the ball, he was difficult to bring down. On the end around, it took several players to tackle him and he fought for several more yards, twisting and turning after contact. He caught the ball outside of the end-zone and fought his way in on his 4th quarter TD as well, on the same play that resulted in a TD for Harvin in week 1.
Week 3 vs. SF
Rushing: 1 / -8 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 51 / 0 on 9 targets
Harvin has scored a TD in each of his first three games as a rookie. While he did not reach the end zone on the offensive side of the ball, Harvin had a spectacular 101 yard TD return in the third quarter. After the 49ers kicked a FG to extend their lead to 17-13, Harvin took the following kickoff untouched up the middle of the field for a game-changing TD. On the final drive, Farve hooked up with Harvin twice on key third downs, extending the drive and putting the Vikings in a position to win. When he had the ball, Harvin attacked the defense again, fighting hard for every yard and making the most of every opportunity. He's a star player who is coming into his own and is an excellent complement to Adrian Peterson.
Week 4 vs. GB
Receiving: 2 / 39 / 0 on 2 targets
Harvin didn't score in a game for the first time this season, although on his 43 yard reception, he almost made it. Harvin's only other reception was stopped behind the line of scrimmage and he was not used on any running plays in this game. With Berrian and Rice both hitting their strides, Harvin's primary use is more on kick returns and special teams.
Week 5 vs. STL
Receiving: 4 / 66 / 0 on 5 targets
Harvin was a key component in getting the Vikings off to a quick start. He had two big plays on the opening drive, a short pass over the middle that he broke for a long gain and a deep pass down the sideline that he almost scored on. He was the target of several more deep passes later in the first half, but did not get involved much in the second half as the Vikings were looking to run out the clock. He was a decoy on a fake reverse as Favre tossed the ball to Visanthe Shiancoe for a nice screen. Aside from that, Harvin was only used as a kick returner for the few times that St. Louis was kicking off.
Week 6 vs. BAL
Rushing: 1 / 2 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 10 / 0 on 4 targets
Harvin began the game with a long kickoff run and was as aggressive as ever, showing that the rumors of his injured shoulder may have been overblown. He ran hard early, and threw a key block that allowed Bernard Berrian to break open for his TD early in the first quarter. Just before the half, on 3rd and 10, he caught the ball well below the line of scrimmage and it took five defenders to bring him down. He fought hard, taking hard shots and even lost his helmet. It took everything the defense had to stop him. Late in the fourth quarter however, Harvin took a short pass over the middle and again fought and spun hard to make it 14 yards. However, when he was gang tackled, his injured shoulder was driven into the ground and he did not get up from the field. He left the game and did not return. Reports on the injury are not known, but he was wearing a sling after the game. It remains to be seen how long he will be out.
Week 7 vs. PIT
Rushing: 1 / 7 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 42 / 0 on 10 targets
Harvin showed now ill effects of the bad shoulder that plagued him the previous two weeks. He was rock solid on his kickoff returns and attacked the defense when he had the ball on offense. Harvin came up big early in the second quarter with a nice 26 yard reception on 3rd and 6. His biggest contribution was in the fourth quarter when the Steelers returned a Brett Favre Fumble for a TD, bringing their lead to 10 points. That could have broken the Vikings' back, but Harvin took the kickoff 88 yards, shaking off a tackle attempt by the kicker for the TD and put the Vikings right back into the game. Favre trusts him more and although they were not able to connect on any of them, Favre looked to Harvin on several deep passes throughout the game. With Berrian sidelined with a hamstring injury, Harvin will certainly see more of the offensive plays coming his way.
Week 8 vs. GB
Rushing: 1 / 2 / 0
Receiving: 5 / 84 / 1 on 7 targets
Harvin continued to play an integral role in the Vikings winning ways. He had two long kickoff returns following Packers points to kill their momentum, and he also had a 51-yard catch and run on a ball that Favre just put up in a crowd and Harvin snatched out of the air. Otherwise, Harvin was catching short passes and making modest gains after the catch. He also got a carry out of the shotgun very similar to the kinds of runs he had at Florida, but it only went for a short gain. After a lull in offensive production, Harvin reminded his fantasy owners why it's worth having him in the lineup every week as long as you get credit for his special teams TDs.
Week 10 vs. DET
Rushing: 1 / 7 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 53 / 0 on 4 targets
Harvin has embraced his role as the #3 WR for the Vikings with kick and punt return duties. Minnesota wants to keep him fresh so he remains a dangerous threat on kick and punt returns. Therefore, they are only using him on passing downs and on certain plays where his speed and elusiveness are a threat to go all the way. He opened the game with an end around, and the Vikings attempted a reverse a little later in the first half. In the fourth quarter, Harvin caught a short come-back route, and broke across the middle. He took a hard shot from the safety but stayed on his feet and kept fighting for extra yards. He broke into the open field and turned a short 8 yard pass into a 40 yard back-breaker play. This is the spark that Harvin brings to the Vikings, and the reason he's such a big part of their offense, despite his limited opportunities.
Week 11 vs. SEA
Receiving: 5 / 79 / 1 on 5 targets
Harvin had another solid performance for the Vikings, despite being the #3 WR for the team. He has really been a big factor for the Vikings this season, and is making a case for rookie of the year honors. Harvin put the Vikings on the board early in the second quarter with a beautiful reception over the middle at the eight yard line, splitting three defenders and getting into the end zone for their first score. Harvin worked the middle of the field for most of the game, catching short and medium range passes, and turning them in to big gains. The Seahawks had no answer for him, and he burned them again and again. Harvin is quickly becoming the #2 option for the Vikings, and his intensity and drive are second to none on the team. Look for him to push Bernard Berrian in stats and possible position by the end of the season.
Week 12 vs. CHI
Rushing: 2 / 45 / 0
Receiving: 6 / 101 / 1 on 8 targets
Harvin is seeing more and more offensive opportunities as the season wears on. He strengthened his claim for offensive rookie of the year with a big game both rushing and receiving. In the second quarter, Harvin moved from the slot into the backfield, and took a handoff from Favre 35 yards down the sidelines for a big play. On the previous offensive series, Harvin made a great catch over the middle in traffic to start off the second quarter and put the Vikings on the board first. Harvin continued to make tough plays down the middle burning the Bears for big gains and keeping the offense churning. He was aggressive when he had the ball and it frequently took two or three defenders to bring him down. Harvin may be the #3 WR on the team, but he is quickly becoming the #2 fantasy WR.
Week 13 vs. ARI
Rushing: 2 / 22 / 0
Receiving: 6 / 79 / 1 on 7 targets
Harvin is not a starting WR for the Vikings, but he is a definite fantasy WR option in most leagues. The Vikings are looking to get him involved in offense as much as possible, creating big play potential whenever he touches the ball. In this game the Vikings used him several times by moving him out of the slot into the backfield. He took both of his carries for big gains and first downs. Six of his seven receptions were for first downs or touchdowns, including the final play of the game for the Vikings offense. On that play, Harvin split the center of the defense, beating the DBS to the end zone and catching the pass from Favre in traffic for the score. Seven of the eight times Harvin touched the ball, he got the first down for the Vikings. In a game where the Vikings were held in check most of the time, that's a big accomplishment.
Week 15 vs. CAR
Receiving: 1 / 10 / 0 on 3 targets
Harvin was back at full strength for this game, but was not really a big factor for the Vikings. The Panthers kicked the ball away from his to start the second half, limiting his effectiveness on kickoffs. On offense, the Vikings put him in motion, trying to get him open in space, but Favre was never really able to get him the ball. When he looked to Harvin, there was always someone in his face or Harvin was well covered and the pass would have been picked off. Harvin finished the game with just one reception on three targets, and Favre didn't even throw his way until the fourth quarter. It was more a reflection on the Carolina defense than on Harvin, and he should have better luck against the Bears next week.
Week 16 vs. CHI
Rushing: 1 / 0 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 40 / 0 on 8 targets
Harvin was quiet, being held to no gain on his carry and getting tackled quickly on one of his two smoke route receptions. The second smoke route worked in the red zone to get the Vikings inside the five yard line. Harvin also had a key reception on the second game-tying drive, but he never got a chance to make a gamebreaking play in the open field because of strong defense by the Bears.
Week 17 vs. NYG
Rushing: 1 / 22 / 0
Receiving: 7 / 59 / 0 on 10 targets
Percy Harvin had a big end-around carry in the first quarter against the Giants in Week 17 to go along with his strong afternoon as a receiver against New York. Harvin did not reach the end zone but he did make several athletic catches including an 18-yard gain in the third quarter. Harvin actually had a 40-yard touchdown but it was nullified by a call against Harvin (offensive pass interference). Harvin will continue to be one of the top three wide receivers for the Vikings in the playoffs.
Week 19 vs. DAL
Rushing: 3 / 23 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 1 / 0 on 4 targets
Harvin was fairly quiet as a pass catcher and return man against the Cowboys on Sunday. That said, he did have three carries for 23 yards against the Cowboys. His best run came on a reverse where defensive end Anthony Spencer had a chance to tackle Harvin in the backfield, only to see him cut back up the middle of the field for a 19 yard gain.
Week 20 vs. NO
Rushing: 4 / 15 / 0
Receiving: 5 / 38 / 0 on 8 targets
Percy Harvin had issues all week with another battle with migraine headaches but was able to travel to New Orleans with the team and later was able to play the entire NFL Championship Game. Harvin had nine touches on offense as the Vikings used him as both a rusher and a receiver. Harvin had four rushes out of the backfield but also a costly fumble where the Vikings had a horrific stretch of four turnovers on five consecutive possessions. Harvin added five catches to the offense, mostly of the short variety but he was able to convert a short pass over the middle into a 20-yard catch and run in the first quarter. Harvin also was utilized as the kick returner with two kick returns for Minnesota.