Offensive MVP – Honorable Mentions
The Minnesota Vikings had a pretty solid day offensively, racking up 410 yards of total offense and picking up 24 first downs. They controlled the tempo by running the ball 40 times compared to 22 passes, finally winning the time of possession by having the ball for 36:31.
Oddly, the team did well, but the contributors were few and far between. Only three players outside of quarterback Kirk Cousins had 30 yards in the game, and those three players will definitely get some love.
Adam Thielen – WR
Minnesota’s veteran wide receiver had himself one heck of a day on Sunday, leading the team by catching eight of his ten targets for 114 yards and one touchdown. Thielen is reliable and can make big plays when fed the ball on a regular basis. Expect him to keep seeing a lot of targets.
Justin Jefferson – WR
Thielen may be efficient, but Jefferson is explosive. The rookie only saw five targets on the day, hauling in four of them for 103 yards. Good things happen when the ball is thrown Jefferson’s way and his ability to create separation and pick up yards after the catch should continue to pay dividends.
Garrett Bradbury – C
This is the first time an offensive lineman has appeared in these MVP articles and it hopefully won’t be the last. Bradbury impressed with a lack of miscues and a strong anchor while opening up holes in the run game. This Vikings offense is good, but with help from players like Bradbury, it could be great.