Minnesota Vikings: Player Watch – Wednesday 04 Jan 12

K Ryan Longwell, who’s already the Packers’ career scoring leader, is now second on the Vikings’ all-time list for field goals. With two made field goals Sunday, Longwell now has 135 for the Vikings. That moved him past Fuad Reveiz. The leader, Fred Cox, is out of reach with 282.

DE Jared Allen went into Sunday’s game as a longshot to break Michael Strahan’s record for sacks in a single season (22 1/2). He needed four to tie and 4 1/2 to break it. But he had 3 1/2 at the 5:20 mark of the third quarter and probably would have gotten the record had the Bears not had a lead that allowed them to run the ball and max-protect to Allen’s side.

P Chris Kluwe continues to assert himself as the best punter in team history. On Sunday, he came up with a 50-yard punt for a 14th game, a Vikings record for a single season. Kluwe did an excellent job in the team effort to slow down Bears PR Devin Hester. Hester had 4 yards on two returns. Kluwe averaged 45.3 net yards on six punts.

WR Percy Harvin was named a Pro Bowl alternate on Monday. He had 793 yards from scrimmage (633 receiving, 160 rushing) in the final eight games of the season. He finished with career highs in receptions (87) and receiving yards (967).

QB Christian Ponder didn’t do anything to solidify his status with his play in the final month. “We’ll go into this offseason with Ponder being our No. 1 quarterback,” coach Leslie Frazier said. “When you get to training camp, everyone will compete to win jobs. That is always the way it is in pro football.”

MLB E.J. Henderson and his younger brother, Erin, probably played their last game as starting teammates. Both are unrestricted free agents. The team might bring back Erin, but probably will say good-bye to E.J., a nine-year veteran who turns 32 next August. E.J.’s body is breaking down, and the team also has a young middle linebacker, Jasper Brinkley, coming back from hip surgery next season.

CB Cedric Griffin intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter against the Bears. It was his first interception since Dec. 28, 2009, which was before he tore the ACL in both knees. He had a rough season, giving up several big plays and touchdowns. He was benched, lost his starting job, got it back and heads into an offseason of uncertainty. He has three more years left on his contract and will make $4.1 million next season. The Vikings probably would release him rather than pay him that much.