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Vikings' Patterson first-team, Peterson second-team All-Pro

Posted by: Master Tesfatsion under Vikings rookies Updated: January 3, 2014 - 11:51 AM

The awards continue to pile up for rookie wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.

He was announced as rookie Offensive Player of the Month on Thursday and made the Pro Bowl as a return specialist this morning. The latest: Patterson made the Associated Press All-Pro team as a kick returner.

Patterson was the only Vikings on the first team. Running back Adrian Peterson made second team behind first-teamers Eagles running back LeSean McCoy and Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.

Peterson was a unanimous selection last year and earned MVP honors. He dealt with a foot and groin injuries for most of the season but still finished five in rushing yards (1,266).

There is no official "second team," but the second team is usually compiled by using the top vote-getters who don't make the first team.  Thus, the second team has no quarterback, because no other quarterback received votes.

Here is the All-Pro team:


FIRST TEAM
OFFENSE
Quarterback: Peyton Manning, Denver. Running backs: LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia; Jamaal Charles, Kansas City. Fullback: Mike Tolbert, Carolina. Tight end: Jimmy Graham, New Orleans. Wide receivers: Calvin Johnson, Detroit; Josh Gordon, Cleveland. Tackles: Joe Thomas, Cleveland; Jason Peters, Philadelphia. Guards: Louis Vasquez, Denver; Evan Mathis, Philadelphia. Center: Ryan Kalil, Carolina. Placekicker: Justin Tucker, Baltimore. Kick Returner: Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota.
DEFENSE
Ends: J.J. Watt, Houston; Robert Quinn, St. Louis. Tackles: Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay; Ndamukong Suh, Detroit. Outside linebackers: Robert Mathis, Indianapolis; Lavonte David, Tampa Bay. Inside linebacker: Luke Kuechly, Carolina; NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco. Cornerbacks: Richard Sherman, Seattle; Patrick Peterson, Arizona. Safeties: Earl Thomas, Seattle; Eric Berry, Kansas City. Punter: Johnny Hekker, St. Louis.

SECOND TEAM
OFFENSE
Quarterback: None. Running backs: Adrian Peterson, Minnesota; Eddie Lacy, Green Bay. Fullback: Marcel Reece, Oakland. Tight end: Vernon Davis, San Francisco. Wide receivers: A.J. Green, Cincinnati; Demaryius Thomas, Denver, and Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh. Tackles: Tyron Smith, Dallas; Joe Staley, San Francisco. Guards--Jahri Evans, New Orleans; Logan Mankins, New England, and Josh Sitton, Green Bay. Center: Alex Mack, Cleveland. Placekicker: Matt Prater, Denver. Kick returner: Dexter McCluster, Kansas City.
DEFENSE
Ends: Mario Williams, Buffalo; Greg Hardy, Carolina. Tackles: Dontari Poe, Kansas City; Muhammad Wilkerson, New York Jets, Jurrell Casey, Tennessee, and Justin Smith, San Francisco. Outside Linebackers--Tamba Hali, Kansas City; Ahmad Brooks, San Francisco. Inside linebackers: Vontaze Burfict, Cincinnati; Karlos Dansby, Arizona. Cornerbacks: Aqib Talib, New England; Joe Haden, Cleveland, and Alterraun Verner, Tennessee. Safeties: Eric Weddle, San Diego; Kam Chancellor, Seattle, Jairus Byrd, Buffalo, T.J. Ward, Cleveland, Devin McCourty, New England, and Antrel Rolle, New York Giants. Punter: Brandon Fields, Miami.

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Atlanta - LP: A. Wood 0 FINAL
Philadelphia - WP: A. Bastardo 1
Cleveland - LP: D. Salazar 5 FINAL
Detroit - WP: J. Verlander 7
Toronto - LP: R. Dickey 0 FINAL
Minnesota - WP: K. Gibson 7
Seattle - LP: J. Beimel 6 FINAL
Texas - WP: P. Figueroa 8
Los Angeles - WP: H. Ryu 2 FINAL
San Francisco - LP: M. Bumgarner 1
Colorado - WP: F. Morales 3 FINAL
San Diego - LP: I. Kennedy 1
St. Louis 8 Top 8th Inning
Washington 0
Milwaukee 2 Bottom 7th Inning
Pittsburgh 4
NY Yankees 7 Top 7th Inning
Tampa Bay 1
Toronto 5 Bottom 6th Inning
Minnesota 3
Boston 0 Bottom 5th Inning
Chicago WSox 0
Kansas City 4 Top 5th Inning
Houston 0
Philadelphia 1 3rd Prd 2:59
NY Rangers 4
Chicago 3 2nd Prd 9:34
St. Louis 2
Minnesota 8:30 PM
Colorado
Los Angeles 9:30 PM
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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2013 preseason     
Aug 9 - vs. Houston 7 pmX27-13
Aug 16 - at Buffalo 6 pmX20-16
Aug 25 - at San Francisco 7 pmX34-14
Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee 7 pmX24-23
2013 regular season     
Sep 8 - at Detroit NoonX34-24
Sep 15 - at Chicago NoonX31-30
Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland NoonX31-27
Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London) NoonX34-27
Oct 6 - Bye
Oct 13 - vs. Carolina NoonX35-10
Oct 21 - at. NY Giants 7:40 pmX23-7
Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay 7:30 pmX44-31
Nov 3 - at Dallas NoonX27-23
Nov 7 - vs. Washington 7:25 pmX34-27
Nov 17 - at Seattle 3:25 pmX41-20
Nov. 24 - at Green Bay Noon26-26
Dec 1 - vs. Chicago NoonX23-20
Dec 8 - at Baltimore NoonX29-26
Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia NoonX48-30
Dec 22 - at Cincinnati NoonX42-14
Dec 29 - vs. Detroit NoonX14-13

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