Adam Thielen was in midseason form on Sunday.
The All-Pro wide receiver led the Vikings with six receptions for 102 yards, and all six of his catches went for a first down. Thielen caught three of his passes on third down to move the chains.
Dane Mizutani of the Pioneer Press recently wrote that Thielen looked like his usual self as the 2018 season opened up.
[Thielen’s] performance in Sunday’s 24-16 victory over the San Francisco 49ers was a reminder that he is indeed a gamer. He caught six passes for a team-high 102 yards at U.S. Bank Stadium, giving Kirk Cousins a reliable go-to target in the quarterback’s debut with the Vikings.
And just like that, Thielen appears to be on track to repeat last season’s breakout performance, when he caught 91 passes for 1,276 yards to earn a spot in the Pro Bowl.
“Just finally being able to get into a flow and having multiple series to be able to go out there and just do our job,” Thielen said of his success. “You have multiple series and get to go out there and just play football.”
Thielen’s performance was the eighth 100-yard game of his career.
Mizutani wrote that although the Minnesota native had just four total catches for 26 yards in the preseason, he was more than ready when the games counted for real.
That wasn’t the case in the preseason, as the flow of the game was dictated by the need to keep players healthy. In those games, Thielen played one or two series before calling it a day.
“He’s harder on himself than anybody,” fellow receiver Stefon Diggs said. “He’s his biggest critic. He wants to be perfect. And I’m his brother, so I’m pushing him.”