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Diggs Shines in Homecoming, but Vikings Lose 4th Straight

LANDOVER, Md. — Stefon Diggs sat in front of his locker, a mix of twisted emotions on his face.

The Vikings wide receiver was bursting with pride after a 13-catch performance in his first professional game in his home state of Maryland.

But there was plenty of frustration, too, as his 164 receiving yards weren't enough to help the Vikings end their recent skid. Minnesota lost 26-20 to the Washington Redskins on Sunday, the Vikings fourth straight loss.

"It hurt a little bit, you know, because that's my family," Diggs said of his return home. "I want to win for them and I want to win for this team.

"I want to do anything I can. It's back to the drawing board to continue to work hard," he added. "The love and support back home means a lot. I wish I could have brought home a (win)."

It hurts to lose. But we'll bounce back its all part of Gods plan.

— CANUDIGGIT (@stefondiggs) November 13, 2016

Diggs' performance marked the second straight week the former University of Maryland star hauled in 13 passes. He more than doubled his receiving output of 80 yards from last week.

But on a day Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford completed 31 of 40 passes for 307 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, the effort by Diggs and his teammates went for naught.

Minnesota tight end Kyle Rudolph had five catches for 69 yards and a touchdown, and wide receiver Adam Thielen had three catches for 21 yards and a score of his own.

Rudolph said he was encouraged by Minnesota's competitive level in the loss.

"You love the way the team fights," Rudolph said. "You know the guys in this locker room are going to fight with anyone, so we've got that down.

"But now we've got to get better in critical situations," he added.

The Vikings, who were playing their second game under Interim Offensive Coordinator Pat Shurmur, netted 331 yards of total offense.

"We did a good job, we just didn't do everything we had to do to win the game," Diggs said.

The Vikings have now lost four straight after a 5-0 start and will host Arizona at noon (CT) Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium.

"This game comes down to critical situations, and we've got to be ready to go," Thielen said. "We have a lot of confidence on the offensive side of the ball."

Added Diggs: "We're not going to lose any fight in us. That's how we are and how our head coach is."

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