Justin Jefferson – WR
It’s pretty crazy that the offensive MVP from this game is a player who only caught three passes on the day. But it was less about the total offensive output as it was about efficiency in his play that earned him the spot.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins targeted the first-round draft pick three times during this game and he hauled in all three of those throws. He was by far the most reliable target on the field and the only pass-catcher to nab one hundred percent of his targets on the day.
Jefferson also led the team in receiving yards with 44, beating out Adam Thielen by 13 yards despite the veteran receiver having eight targets on the day. Cousins seems to want to force the ball to Thielen far too often when he has other options like Jefferson available.
Much like the situation with Dalvin Cook, the Vikings would be wise to inject a larger dose of Jefferson into their offense. It shouldn’t take long for him to start beating out Bisi Johnson in terms of targets this season if he continues to show this kind of efficiency.