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Lunchbreak: ESPN Delves Into Cousins' TD Pass to Thielen

One of the biggest plays of the day at Green Bay was a Kirk Cousins touchdown pass to Adam Thielen late in the fourth quarter to help move the game to overtime.

Several things were impressive about the catch, including Cousins' ability to sling it into such a tight window and Thielen's late show of hands to haul in the ball ahead of the defender.

ESPN's Courtney Cronin wrote about the play:

Minnesota's final drive of the quarter required Cousins to execute a touchdown drive and cap it off with a 2-point conversion to tie the game 29-29.

He did just that with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Adam Thielen, the kind that makes you wonder how it was physically possible for Cousins to fit a ball through a window so narrow it defied the term "threading the needle."

Cronin then provided a sort-of oral history of the touchdown pass from teammates and coaches, first quoting running back Latavius Murray:

"I thought it was an unbelievable pass and then great catch by Adam to be able to track the ball with those two defenders … stepping in front of his vision," Murray said. "I think that's what those guys are here for. That's what Kirk has done in the past, and I think that's what Adam has done here for some time is stepping up in moments."

Prior to the snap, Packers rookie cornerback Jaire Alexander was lined up 5 yards off Thielen before dropping back to track the receiver's route. Safety Kentrell Brice drops down to help his teammate inside the 5-yard line, but twists at the last second to prevent himself from barreling into Alexander and ends up missing the football.

Cronin included the perspective of Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy: 

"I think there is a subconscious component to that. I think that's part of playing safety in this league for the last five-or-so years," McCarthy said. "I did not talk to him this week one-on-one about it. It looked like, just watching the video, I think he got caught in-between going for the ball and going for the hit."

Treadwell learning to have 'short-term memory'

Third-year receiver Laquon Treadwell scored Minnesota's first touchdown of the game last Sunday, but he went on to have a rough outing at Green Bay from that point.

FOX Sports published an Associated Press article by Dave Campbell about Vikings Offensive Coordinator John DeFilippo's response to Treadwell's afternoon and emphasis on moving forward. Campbell wrote:

Treadwell struggled in the Vikings' tie with Green Bay on Sunday, catching just two of the six passes thrown his way for 23 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, a fourth-quarter pass intended for Treadwell was intercepted by Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

Campbell quoted DeFilippo, who told media members Thursday that he told Treadwell to "pick his head up."

"He has bought in to having short-term memory," DeFilippo said.

"Are we happy with what happened with the drop and the interception and those things? No. That can't happen. The whole world knows that can't happen," DeFilippo later added. "At the same time, the kid did some really good things in the game on Sunday."

Vikings ranked by Forbes as 19th most-valuable franchise

Forbes recently put out its valuation of 32 NFL teams, and the Vikings are listed as the 19th most-valuable franchise, worth $2.4 billion.

Nick Halter of the Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal wrote about Minnesota's placement and compared it to last year. He wrote:

The Vikings were also valued at $2.4 billion on last year's list, but [they] made significant value jumps in between the approval and opening of U.S. Bank Stadium. The team peaked at 17th on the list in 2016 but lost a couple spots since then due to jumps by the Oakland Raiders, who are moving to Las Vegas, and the Rams, who moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles.

Halter pointed out that the Vikings NFC North rivals Chicago, Green Bay and Detroit were ranked 7th, 12th and 31st by Forbes, respectively.

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