The Minnesota Vikings wide receiver quietly crossed the 1,000 yard mark during the team’s Week 11 matchup with the Chicago Bears.
Against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, the performance from Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen wasn’t anything spectacular. Thielen caught seven passes for a respectable 66 yards.
But that wasn’t the most significant part of the night for the Vikings receiver. With his 66 yards against the Bears, Thielen increased his 2018 receiving yardage total to 1,013.
This is the second season in a row that the Minnesota pass catcher has gained at least 1,000 receiving yards. Thielen is also the first Vikings player to gain at least 1,000 receiving yards in back-to-back years since Randy Moss did it in 2003.
Moss’ 1,632 yards in 2003 is also Minnesota’s all-time single-season record. A record that Thielen could break if he averages at least 104 yards during the Vikings’ final six games this year.
It seems like a bit of a difficult task for the current Minnesota wide receiver to accomplish this season. However, Thielen did average 115.6 yards during the Vikings first eight games of the year, so it’s not too crazy to think he can actually break Moss’ record.
With 85 catches so far in 2018, the 28-year-old receiver also has a shot at setting Minnesota’s all-time single-season record for catches that is currently held by Cris Carter.
By hauling in at least 38 passes over the next six weeks, Thielen would pass the Vikings’ record of 122 receptions in a single season set by Carter in 1994 and 1995.
With the way in which the current Minnesota pass catcher has performed up to this point in the year, him breaking either of these team records should surprise no one. But go ahead and doubt Thielen’s chances, because proving his doubters wrong is what he does best.