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NOTEBOOK: Thielen, Diggs Prefer Wins Over Personal Stats

EAGAN, Minn. — Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs consistently brush off the notion that they are one of the top wide receiver duos in the NFL.

The Vikings tandem was at it again Thursday when each standout met with the Twin Cities media.

“When you hear those things, you’re appreciative of those words,” Thielen added. “But at the same times, and I know Diggs has this same mindset, but we just want to be the best today.

“We don’t really care what people think. It doesn’t really matter what you did in the past, you have to bring it each week,” Thielen added. “You have one bad game, and all of a sudden you’re the worst receiver in the NFL.”

Added Diggs: “We don’t look at it that way. We look at tape and we’ll be like, ‘Ahh, that doesn’t look too good,’ or ‘X, Y, Z could have been better.’ We ignore the noise. I don’t want to say we don’t play with confidence, but we don’t think that highly of ourselves.”

The numbers back up the notion that Thielen, a former undrafted college free agent, and Diggs, a fifth-round pick in 2015, are among the league’s best tandems.

The duo has combined for 67 receptions for 784 yards and five touchdowns in four games, stats that rank among the league’s top duos.

But with the Vikings sitting at 1-2-1, both players said they would easily trade their own personal stats for more wins at this point in the season.

“Honestly, a lot of it is because we’ve been losing a lot of ball games and have to come from behind,” Thielen, who has 40 catches for 473 yards and two scores, said about his numbers. “Sometimes stats don’t tell the whole story. Just because you have good numbers or bad numbers, it doesn’t mean you’re playing well or playing bad.

“I’m just trying to win every route and win every play,” Thielen added.

Diggs, who has 27 catches for 311 yards and a team-high three touchdowns, said: “We don’t really care about the numbers, we’re more concerned about winning. Where the numbers fall is where they fall. We’re doing everything in our power to put up a ‘W.’ ”

The Vikings are prepping for a Week 5 matchup against the 2-2 Eagles. Kickoff is at 3:25 p.m. (CT) from Philadelphia.

DeFilippo’s homecoming

Vikings Offensive Coordinator John DeFilippo will return to his roots this weekend in Philadelphia.

DeFilippo, who is in his first season in Minnesota, spent the past two years as the Eagles quarterbacks coach.

But before that, he spent his teenage years on the outskirts of Philadelphia. DeFilippo attended Radnor High School, which is roughly 20 miles outside of the city, when his father Gene was the athletic director at Villanova from 1993-1997.

DeFilippo said Thursday that while Sunday’s return will be a little emotional, he’ll be locked in and ready to go once kickoff hits.

“It will be. And not just because of the Eagles thing,” DeFilippo said. “A lot of people don’t know that I went to high school in Philadelphia. My dad was the athletic director at Villanova. I spent some of my formable years in Philly and was kind of in the middle of the Philly sports scene with my dad.

“I went to high school there with my high school buddies and all of that. But once the game starts, it is going to be like any other game,” DeFilippo added. “I have nothing but the utmost respect for everyone in that building. Just like this building, there are some really phenomenal people, coaches, players, ownership, personnel in that building. It is a first-class place, no doubt.”

Diggs said he’s picked up on how much Sunday’s game means to his coach.

“I love Flip. He’s a hell of a coach, and I love playing for him. I’m excited for him,” Diggs said. “I know he wants to get back there and have success and wants for everybody to play their [butts] off. I’m one of the people following him.”

Zimmer lists Cook as ‘questionable’ for Sunday’s game

Dalvin Cook did not practice for the second straight day this week as he battles a hamstring injury.

Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer said the running back’s status is up in the air for Sunday’s game against the Eagles.

“Probably questionable,” was Zimmer’s response when asked about Cook’s availability.

Cook leads the Vikings with 98 yards on 36 carries. Fellow running back Latavius Murray has 64 yards on 19 attempts. Quarterback Kirk Cousins is third with 61 yards on 12 carries.

Minnesota, the only team in the league without a rushing touchdown, ranks last in the NFL with 63.0 rushing yards per game.

Injury reports

For the Vikings: Trae Waynes (concussion), Cook (hamstring) Everson Griffen (knee/not injury related) and Tashawn Bower (ankle) did not participate. Marcus Sherels (ribs) was limited. Linval Joseph (shoulder), Kevin McDermott (finger), Eric Kendricks (elbow), Laquon Treadwell (finger), Tom Johnson (ankle), Riley Reiff (foot) and Anthony Harris (hamstring) fully participated.

For the Eagles: Derek Barnett (shoulder), Corey Clement (quadriceps) and Darren Sproles (hamstring) did not participate. Fletcher Cox (ankle), Alshon Jeffery (chest) and Jason Peters (quadriceps) were limited.

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