5 Vikings to watch in the Divisional Round vs. the 49ers

(Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Xavier Rhodes
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(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Stefon Diggs
(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Stefon Diggs /

Stefon Diggs – WR

Stefon Diggs has been a bit of a diva all season long. It started in Week 2 when he took his helmet off after scoring in Lambeau field. He then began whining and causing a scene on the field when he wasn’t getting the number of targets that he thought he should be. He made noise about being traded and even held a very bizarre press conference where he didn’t deny those claims.

His diva-like behavior tamed down midseason when he was making big plays and had a stretch of games where he went over 140 yards receiving in each. With Adam Thielen out, Diggs became the big-play option for the Vikings offense and he filled that role admirably.

It was unfortunate to see his ugly behavior come back in the win against the Saints. Halfway through the game, Diggs had yet to have a target. He was visibly upset with his quarterback and the offensive coordinator and threw a tantrum on the sidelines. This was total selfish behavior as one would think he’d be happy since his team was up by two scores against an opponent many figured would blow them out of the water. Diggs finally got some balls thrown his way later in the game and a couple of end-arounds and it is fair to question if Stefanski did that just to pacify him.

It’ll be interesting to see how early in the 49ers game Diggs gets targeted. Will Stefanski force some balls his way early to keep him happy? Or will he call the game he wants to? Will Cousins also feel pressure to get Diggs the ball, when he isn’t fully open? Diggs’s diva-like antics could backfire in the Divisional Round if the team succumbs to his childish behavior. We’ll see on Saturday how the Vikings handle this.