DENVER -- At an initial glance, and without the benefit of film review, here's a look at Minnesota Vikings players who were "up" and those who were "down" in Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field.
RB Adrian Peterson: On fourth-and-1 from the Broncos' 48, Peterson showed the best straight-line speed we've seen from him all season, surging through a big hole for a touchdown. He finished the day with 16 carries for 81 yards.
QB Teddy Bridgewater: He got more time to throw in the second half, and the second-year QB responded with what might have been a coming-of-age half on the road. He was 13 of 15 for 131 yards in the second half, directing a pair of scoring drives to help the Vikings erase a 10-point deficit.
LB Anthony Barr: He's been picked on in pass coverage in the past, but Barr made one of the biggest plays of his career at the end of the first half, stepping in front of a Peyton Manning pass and returning his first career interception to the Broncos' 27, setting up a touchdown.
DE Everson Griffen: Offside penalties have been a frequent bugaboo for Griffen, and he was flagged twice on Sunday.
S Robert Blanton: Starting in place of the injured Andrew Sendejo, he missed a tackle on Ronnie Hillman's 72-yard touchdown run and took questionable angles on a handful of run plays in the second half.
K Blair Walsh: His 38-yard missed field goal loomed large in the Vikings' three-point loss.