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Diggs' 3-Game Yardage Total Tops Moss' Best with Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS – Another game, another big outing for Stefon Diggs.

The Vikings receiver racked up seven catches for 143 yards to help Minnesota defeat Washington 19-9 on the Thursday Night Football stage.

He also broke a franchise record set by a Hall of Famer.

Diggs' 452 yards over the past three games surpassed Randy Moss (446 in 2001) for the most receiving yards over a three-game stretch.

He also moved into the franchise's top 10 for career receptions, pushing his total through four-and-a-half seasons to 339, which is tied with Ted Brown for ninth all-time.

But it really wasn't the highlights or record books that Diggs focused on after the game.

Asked if it meant a lot to be included in the same sentence as Moss, Diggs said "somewhat" but added that he "really thinks" about the bad.

"Records and stuff are cool, they happen to be broken every once in a while, but for me, I really, really think about the things that I can do better and how I can help my team win," Diggs said. "There are going to be some crucial moments that they need me to play well, and I need to right all my wrongs."

The one mark on Diggs' evening occurred on the fifth play of the game. After a big catch and run by the receiver that would have moved the chains 32 yards, Redskins linebacker Cole Holcomb and defensive tackle Daron Payne forced a fumble that was recovered by linebacker Ryan Anderson.

On a long catch later in the game, Diggs protected the football with two hands as he ran deep into Washington territory.

"Just being mindful because the one time I thought I had I covered the ball, I didn't cover it well enough," Diggs said. "So my second time going around, I'm gonna make sure I do it."

View postgame celebration images from Thursday as the Vikings beat the Redskins by a 19-9 score.

While Diggs will stew on the error for a while, his teammates trust him to bounce back after a mistake, which he certainly did.

"He's a great player, and everybody in this city knows that. Whenever somebody makes a mistake, we have each other's back," cornerback Mike Hughes said. "We just went out there and fought and wound up getting the ball back for our offense.

"I'm looking forward to him continuing to make great plays for this team, and I'm excited to see where we'll go," Hughes added.

Quarterback Kirk Cousins spoke highly of Diggs' performance and especially highlighted a third-quarter situation in which the Vikings faced third-and-9 from their own 10.

Cousins connected with Diggs for a 39-yard play that had an additional 15 yards added when safety Jeremy Reaves was flagged for unnecessary roughness because of the way he tackled the receiver.

"If you have to punt from your own end zone and you don't have a lot of momentum, it's third-and-long, and he runs that go ball and makes a big play, and basically he gets us out to midfield as a result," Cousins said. "That was enormous. And that's just a special player who can run by somebody and make a big catch. He's very, very talented."

Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer also weighed in on the play:

"[Kirk] throws a really good deep ball, and the timing on that one was pretty good," Zimmer said. "The [defender] had Diggs covered pretty well, but Stefon won and made a nice play.

Diggs' outing was especially appreciated with the absence of Adam Thielen, who was sidelined with a hamstring injury suffered last week at Detroit.

Asked if he noticed Washington covering him any differently with Thielen out, Diggs said he didn't key in on anything specific.

"No, not really. They just played the same defense that we expected," Diggs explained. "They've played a matchup defense all year, so I expected that no matter who was playing. The scouting report said some guys were injured, so I had to watch enough tape that prepared me for everything."

The win may not have been Minnesota's prettiest offensively, but Diggs took the good with the bad and appreciated a "solid night" by the team overall.

"I will always take a 'W.' It was a short week, so you have to take that into account," he said. "We still have to execute the best we can. We got off to a shaky start. I will take all the blame for that because of my fumble."

The Vikings improved to 6-2 and will enjoy a mini bye before turning their attention to Kansas City to kick off the second half of the season.

Minnesota has strung together four straight victories, but Diggs will continue to find ways he can improve.

"I feel like we've got a lot of work to do," he said. "I still have to execute better, and we're just a work in progress. Things are going good, but there was a point when things weren't good, and all the houses were burning down and everybody was panicking.

"So at this point, we're just trying to take it one game at a time, one day a time, and just trying to keep this uphill slope, really," Diggs added.