|FBG Mobile Home|
Week 1 vs. NO
Rushing: 1 / 2 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 12 / 0 on 5 targets
The only migraine headaches that could be linked to Percy Harvin this night were the one's his fantasy owner's had after watching how limited his role within the game plan was. With Sidney Rice shelved for the time being, many expected Harvin to be worked into the game plan heavily. Needless to say, his two touches were extremely disheartening, and left many owners wondering what the future holds for the dynamic WR without team mate Sidney Rice in the mix.
Week 2 vs. MIA
Receiving: 5 / 32 / 0 on 7 targets
Harvin was easily the favorite target of Brett Favre, and rightly so. Harvin simply makes things happen, turning short passes into first downs with regularity. He bobbled a catch on the goal line that would otherwise have been a score --- and ended up in the hands of the Dolphins --- so he had his problems, too. And he injured a hip near the end of the half, limiting him to around a dozen second half snaps. He had one attempt at a deep catch, but didn't really have a chance at it, he was too well covered. His forte is turning the short stuff into long stuff.
Week 3 vs. DET
Rushing: 2 / 13 / 0
Receiving: 6 / 62 / 1 on 8 targets
Harvin was the 'go to' guy for the Vikings, and will continue to be so as long as Sidney Rice is on the bench. None of the other WRS are legitimate deep threats and Farve has become extremely conservative in his passing routes. However, Harvin is definitely seeing more action these days. When Logan fumbled the punt and the Vikings recovered, Favre's first play was a 24 yards strike for the tying TD. Taking advantage of the stunned defense, Harvin blew past the defense and Favre laid out the ball perfectly for him. Just before the half, Farve was under pressure and scrambled out of the pocket to avoid the sack. He found Harvin on a crossing route and Harvin took it for a big 19 yard gain. Harvin was also the target of a couple quick passes where he tried to break away from the defenders for a bit gain. However, the Lions sniffed it out and held him to minimal gains. Harvin also had two running plays where he motioned across the field and took the handoff from Favre. He broke one for a 10 yard gain and the other was stuffed after a short gain of three. He also had two plays called back for penalties.
Week 5 vs. NYJ
Receiving: 5 / 97 / 2 on 10 targets
Harvin's speed was evident on his first catch, an inside fake, that he took for 19 yards. Percy is at his best in space and the Vikings finally got him involved midway through the game which led to Favre's 2nd TD of the game, a 34 yard score in the beginning of the 4th quarter on a huge 3rd and 19 play. But Harvin wasn't done. He had a magnificent snag in the back of the end zone on a corner route later in the quarter when he showed tremendous concentration and was able to tap both feet in bounds for the score. With Moss demanding adequate attention on the other side, Harvin could be in line for some huge production as the season progresses.
Week 6 vs. DAL
Rushing: 2 / 18 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 21 / 0 on 6 targets
Harvin was the main beneficiary from the addition of Randy Moss. He took advantage of the stronger coverage rolling to Moss and was able to exploit the soft underbelly of the defense on several crossing and square in plays. On the TD pass to Greg Camarillo, Harvin lined up in the backfield and motioned out into the flat after the ball was snapped. The defense stayed home to honor his speed and Favre was able to hit Camarillo on a short route for a quick TD. Harvin also added to the offense with several carries, including one around the end for a nice 11 yard gain late in the third quarter. A few plays later, Harvin lined up as the lone set-back, took the handoff and attacked the DL for another seven yard gain. This set up Peterson's 1 yard TD run a couple plays later. Harvin's biggest contribution came at the start of the second quarter. The Cowboys ended the first half with a long, sustained drive to take a 14-7 lead going into half time. On the opening kickoff of the third quarter, Harvin took the ball at the five yard line and exploded up the field. He broke a couple arm tackles and seemed to be behind everyone on the kicking team before he crossed the 50. He raced untouched for the last half of the field, tying up the game and taking the wind out of the Cowboys before they knew what hit them. Look for Harvin to continue to improve as Moss becomes more comfortable with the passing game. As Moss takes more attention away from Harvin, the Vikings will begin to get him the ball quicker off the line and he should be able to take advantage of his weaker coverage to really put up some quality numbers.
Week 7 vs. GB
Rushing: 3 / 41 / 1
Receiving: 5 / 65 / 0 on 8 targets
Harvin was brilliant in this contest as a receiver and a rusher. He scored the Vikings first TD of the game on a counter play where he lined up in the backfield and trotted through the hole for the 17 yard score. And while he did have some other nice plays, it was his two TD's that were called back after review that broke the hearts of his fantasy owners. The first TD, reversed by replay, was a ridiculously athletic catch and run where his right toe stepped out of bounds just before he lunged into the end zone. The second TD that was called back was even more devastating. On 1st and 30 with under a minute left in the game, Favre threw a bullet to Harvin in the back of the end zone over two defenders that Harvin went up and snagged but failed to tap his 2nd foot in bounds. So instead of Favre and Harvin having a brilliant game, they left Lambeau field thinking of what could have been.
Week 8 vs. NE
Receiving: 6 / 104 / 0 on 8 targets
Harvin is really growing up as a wideout, making tough catches and running good routes. He was moving to the giant spaces created by coverages being geared to stop Randy Moss and making great gains after the catch. Harvin left momentarily with an ankle injury, but he returned, although the injury should keep him out of at least practice this week. Harvin had a ball stolen from his hands by Devin McCourty in the play that really turned the game, but overall he had one of his best games as a pro, even though his value is dropping with Randy Moss and the attention he draws from opposing defenses likely gone.
Week 9 vs. ARI
Receiving: 9 / 126 / 0 on 12 targets
Percy Harvin gutted this one out and despite pre-game doubts over how he would fare, he was absolutely unstoppable. Favre got Harvin the ball in space from the get-go, with Harvin bursting up the field and showing his searing pace. Harvin was targeted deep as well by Favre but the pass was broken up well by S Kerry Rhodes. On a screen pass to Harvin in the 3rd quarter which gained 14 yards, Harvin ran right through a defender's tackle. Harvin played perhaps the most physical game I have ever seen him play.
Week 10 vs. CHI
Receiving: 4 / 64 / 1 on 6 targets
Harvin looked like the only target the Bears should have been worried about in this offense as he has the speed and power to beat you in many ways. He managed to fly past the Bears secondary where he was not picked up the safety for an easy 53 yard score. Harvin used his speed again later to draw a very important pass interference call. Had Favre thrown it further, Harvin would have easily caught a second long touchdown pass. The Vikings like to use Harvin in screens and short passes also, allowing him to use his quickness and power to set up nice down and distance situations. Harvin will continue to be somewhat underused as the defences can key on him until perhaps when Sidney Rice returns.
Week 11 vs. GB
Rushing: 2 / 18 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 12 / 0 on 5 targets
Harvin's first touch was on a reverse, and he looked dangerous, but the Packers weren't fooled and he only picked up a short gain. He did convert the first down on the very next play, however, turning around and diving to catch a short pass that was thrown away from him. He could have easily been mistaken for a running back, the way he expertly read his blocks on a run up the middle on his other carry. In fact, he had more rush yards this game than receiving, but not for lack of trying to get him the ball. Harvin was the intended target on an interception late in the half, and had no chance on the play as it was just behind him and the defender stepped in to take it away before he got to it. He had another chance to get the team into scoring position, but let the bullet pass slip through his fingers.
Week 12 vs. WAS
Rushing: 3 / 14 / 0
Receiving: 5 / 32 / 0 on 5 targets
Harvin caught a number of balls, but everything was short and the Redskins did a great job of keeping everything bottled up. Harvin rarely threatened the Skins down the field. He has the speed to take any pass to the house, but due to the gameplan, he never got a single look down the field.
Week 15 vs. CHI
Rushing: 1 / -1 / 0
Receiving: 5 / 72 / 1 on 7 targets
He had the best night and connected with Favre early on for a touchdown. Harvin is a beast across the middle and on the underneath patterns where he can take a simple reception; then turn it into a big gain up field. He has a little DeSean Jackson in him if you want to compare. Harvin has the ability to get open almost anytime he wants. He is very hard to cover so defenses try and keep him in front of them. This leads to a lot of simple receptions that turn into big gains for him.
Week 16 vs. PHI
Rushing: 2 / 6 / 0
Receiving: 7 / 100 / 0 on 8 targets
Percy Harvin had a big performance in Week 16 in Philadelphia, catching seven of his eight targets on the night. Nearly half of his yards came on a big 46-yard catch to open the second half where he was interfered with yet still pulled down the deep throw from QB Joe Webb. Harvin led all Vikings in targets, catches and yardage and should do so once again next week against Detroit with Sidney Rice suffering a concussion. Harvin also added two rushes for six carries.
Week 17 vs. DET
Rushing: 2 / -4 / 0
Receiving: 8 / 69 / 0 on 13 targets
Harvin seemed to be the lone bright-spot from Minnesota in this game. Whether it was downfield blocking for Peterson on the opening drive, or fighting and twisting a nine yard curl route into a 20 yard gain, punishing every DB that tried to tackle him, Harvin was definitely still giving 100%. They tried a couple handoffs and end runs with him, but the Lions were ready for it and dropped him immediately. However, whenever Webb needed to make a play, Harvin was the guy that he tried to go to. Harvin was most effective when he had the ball in his hands quickly, either on a short slant or a quick out. He was targeted on a couple deep passes but they were off target and he was never able to come down with anything. For the game, he finished with the most receptions for the game, but aside from the big 20 yard gain, his progress was more in the short and medium passing game.