Skip to main content

News | Minnesota Vikings –

Presented by

Lunchbreak: Looking Deeper at Productive Day by Thielen & Diggs

Adam Thielen surpassed the 100-yard mark on Sunday in Green Bay, catching 12 passes for 131 yards and a score.

Stefon Diggs did, too, with nine receptions for 128 yards and two touchdowns.

That marked the first time the teammates each had at least 100 receiving yards in a game, and it was the first time a pair of Vikings had done so since 2014.

Andrew Krammer of the Star Tribune recently wrote that Sunday's performance in Green Bay showcased why Thielen and Diggs are one of the top wide receiver duos in the NFL.

Krammer wrote:

Thielen and Diggs nearly broke their own record for most combined yardage in a game after racking up 21 catches for 259 yards in Green Bay. It's the duo's most productive outing behind only last year's win against Tampa Bay when they combined for 271 yards.

They did it on short, intermediate and deep routes. Diggs spent much of his afternoon roasting Williams, the Packers veteran, including on an 18-yard comeback route and the two-point conversion. Diggs gets a lot of attention for fluid route running and sharp breaks that spin around defenders, but his long speed was on full display during the 75-yard touchdown. A stack release, with Diggs lined up behind Laquon Treadwell, gave him the room to get a full head of steam at Davon House, who watched [Kirk] Cousins' 60-plus yard throw turn into a quick fourth-quarter touchdown.

Thielen's touchdown came with 31 seconds left as Cousins found him by the right front pylon for a 22-yard score.

Krammer also wrote:

Thielen and Diggs became just the third receiving duo to each record 125 yards in a game since the start of last season, joining Tampa Bay's Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson (Week 1, 2018) and Houston's DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller (Week 7, 2017), according to Pro Football Reference.

Thielen leads the Vikings with 18 catches for 233 yards and has a touchdown so far this season. Diggs, meanwhile, leads Minnesota with three touchdown catches on 12 receptions for 171 yards.

Siemian listed among top backup QB options

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has been a star in his first two games in Purple, throwing for 669 yards with six touchdowns and an interception.

And while Cousins is undeniably the face of the franchise in Minnesota, the Vikings also like who they have behind him.

Field Yates of recently listed the top backup quarterback around the league and **gave some love** to Trevor Siemian, whom the Vikings acquired in a trade with Denver in March.

Yates wrote:

There's a compelling case for the Vikings as the best roster in the NFL, factoring in the quarterback or when having a rest-of-the-roster conversation. So while the signing of Kirk Cousins is what will likely dictate how far this team goes in the playoffs, the trade for Siemian -- who started plenty over the past two years with Denver -- was an important fail-safe move for Minnesota to give them a player who can start a pocket of games if needed and at least help to keep the offense functional.

Siemian has appeared in 26 total games and has completed 495 of 835 passes (59.3 percent). He has thrown for 30 touchdowns with 24 interceptions and has a passer rating of 79.9.

Siemian has 24 total starts and is 13-11 as a starter. He started 14 games for Denver in 2015 and went 8-6. He was the starter for 10 games this past season and was 5-5.