The Minnesota Viking has continued to turn heads after big weekend against Rams
Last season, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen broke out onto the scene in the NFL, snagging 69 receptions for 967 yards and five touchdowns in 16 games for the team last year, his first full year as a starter for the team. This season, he has 62 receptions for 916 yards and three touchdowns on the year, and it’s only been 10 games! It’s time to take Thielen seriously.
After what a lot of people might have thought of being a lucky season for Thielen last year, he’s made people eat their words this year after tearing it up game-after-game for the Vikings this year. Coming off a performance against the Rams, where he had six receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown, he put the NFL on notice that he’s a playmaker in this league.
For a guy who many were surprised was even in the starting lineup last year, nevertheless, an NFL roster, Thielen is making the NFL and fans second-guess his abilities. For Thielen this year, who’s on pace to be the first Viking since Randy Moss in 2004 to have 100-plus receptions and 1000-plus receiving yards on the year, he is having a career year for the men in purple.
Thielen going into this week’s contest against the Detroit Lions, Thursday on Thanksgiving, is second in the league behind only Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers in receiving yards (1,026), and has not had a game yet this season where he’s had less than 5 receptions in a game.
Now being mentioned in the same category in this league to great wide receivers, like Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, Larry Fitzgerald, and A.J. Green, Thielen has truly put his name on the map as a top playmaker in the NFL this year. After signing an extension with the team during the offseason, he’s paid dividends and then some for the purple people eaters this year.
The Minnesota State University star looks to not only break records in receiving this year, but to also carry the 8-2 Minnesota Vikings to their first Super Bowl appearance since 1977. For Thielen, who dreamed of being like Cris Carter and Randy Moss growing up as a kid in Minnesota, nothing would make this state happier than to see this kid carry the team to their first ever Super Bowl victory, in their home stadium in February.