Minnesota Vikings Best and Worst: Week 5 vs. Seattle Seahawks

(Photo by Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports) Dalvin Cook and Adam Thielen
(Photo by Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports) Dalvin Cook and Adam Thielen /
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Oct 11, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) is tackled by Seattle Seahawks free safety Quandre Diggs (37) after making a reception during the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field. Thielen was short of a first down. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen – Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /

The Best

Last week, Kirk Cousins had a bit of a limited vision when it comes to his targets in the passing offense. Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson are worthy of a lot of targets, but there are other weapons that need to be targeted if they get open.

Facing a Seahawks defense that has really been struggling against the pass helped to open up the Minnesota Vikings passing attack, with the team’s quarterback spreading the ball to a number of receivers, including ones who have been invisible this season.

Cousins connected with nine different pass-catchers during the game, completing over 69 percent of his throws. However, there was still one major flaw with spreading the ball around that he still hasn’t mastered.

Of his 39 pass attempts, 13 of them were toward Adam Thielen. It’s great he trusts Thielen and the two have a nice bond, but once you start spreading the ball around, you have to keep doing it in order to keep the defense guessing. Still, this (and actually executing some screen passes) is a good step.