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Vikings’ receiving tandem steps up vs. Bucs

The Minnesota Vikings’ struggles on offense in 2016 overshadowed the individual performances of Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. This year, the Vikings’ 1A and 1B  receivers are making sure they don’t go unnoticed.

Diggs and Thielen combined for 13 catches, 271 yards and two touchdowns against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Even with quarterback Sam Bradford on the shelf, the two playmakers showed off their ability to get open in all areas of the field. Thielen caught a 45-yard bomb on the third play from scrimmage. The grab was Thielen’s sixth “deep” pass (as defined by NFL official scoring) this season and his 25th since the start of last year.

”We talked about that a bunch this week, the receivers and [Case Keenum],” Thielen said. “We have to start fast because that’s how we can gain some confidence, the O-line gain confidence in us and Case…that was huge to connect right away.”

Then Diggs matched him with a 47-yard deep toss late in the first half. Diggs caught a go-up-and-get-it touchdown in the red zone, and broke off a 59-yard TD with the majority of his yards coming after the catch.

Big performances from the tandem are becoming a weekly occurrence. Against the New Orleans Saints, Diggs and Thielen gained 254 yards on 16 catches.

  • Gordon Guffey

    Now if Diggs can stay healthy for the whole season and not miss his 3 game in each of his first 3 seasons ~ Talent has never been a question ~ He did change his offseason workout this offseason in hopes of not missing any games or playing in so many games at less than 100% ~

    Thielen is Mr Steady to date without missing any playing time ~ He has really come into his own ~

    Add Treadwell~Wright~Floyd to round out your top 5 WR and the Vikings have a very deep and talented group ~

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  • Pete

    Yes it’s early in the season but currently Theilen and Diggs are ranked #2 and 3 respectively in receiving yards in the NFL and the Vikes #2 in overall yards/game.

  • EL

    Treadwell is a bust. They’re lucky they got Thielen and Diggs.





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