After back-to-back disappointing losses for the Minnesota Vikings, they bounced back on Sunday beating the Chargers 27-20.
In the two previous losses to Dallas and Baltimore it seemed as if the limited use of Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen was one of the team’s many issues. Although there were still ups and downs in their matchup in Los Angeles, the utilization of their star wide receiver didn’t leave fans questioning the play calling quite as much.
To put the numbers into perspective, Jefferson had a total of five catches for 90 yards and a touchdown in the two previous games against the Cowboys and Ravens.
It was clear he had a chip on his shoulder for the matchup with the Chargers, but a better game plan helped get the young superstar more involved.
Jefferson totaled nine catches for 143 yards in LA, making his presence felt regularly in some of the game’s biggest moments.
Not only did he light up the stat sheet, but he did so while making insane catches like this.
The second-year pro out of LSU has continuously made highlight reel catches over his first season and a half in Minnesota. What made this particular game even more entertaining stems from some Twitter drama between the Vikings and Chargers earlier this summer.
Some additional fun was had between the two superstar wide outs on Sunday, after Jefferson caught a ball for a first down and flipped the ball to Keenan Allen on the Chargers bench.
Jefferson Tweeted out after the game that he didn’t mean any disrespect towards Allen, but it had to feel good nonetheless. It should also be noted that many people felt Jefferson was robbed of the OROY award when Justin Herbert took it home after last season.
The Vikings found themselves an alpha receiver in the 2020 NFL Draft, and Jefferson continues to prove that in his sophomore campaign. After his impressive showing on Sunday, Jefferson finds himself in elite company yet again.
He’s also sixth in the league with 775 receiving yards while averaging 14.1 yards per catch. Even after a couple of dud performances in which he was under-targeted, Jefferson’s statistics are still towards the top of the league.
Regardless of the Twitter drama and fun relationship between Jefferson and Allen, the Vikings came out on top in hopes of getting their season back on track. Hopefully the coaching staff learned that pushing the ball downfield works when you have an elite duo at the wide receiver position.
From here on out Jefferson and Thielen need to continue to be a focal point for the Vikings offense if they want to have any chance at squeezing into the final Wild Card spot.
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