4 most disappointing Vikings in their Week 11 loss to the Cowboys

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Justin Jefferson – WR

This may be a surprise and a questionable move, as Justin Jefferson did have himself a great game. The rookie receiver has been electric all season long and he has been one of the few bright spots during a disappointing 2020 season for the Vikings.

While Jefferson did catch three passes for 87 yards and a beautiful touchdown against the Cowboys, he also had a drop at just about the worst time he could have.

Late in the game, after Dallas took a 31-28 lead, Minnesota was attempting to drive down the field to at least get into field goal position. Kirk Cousins dropped back and he had a wide-open Jefferson crossing over the middle.

There wasn’t a Dallas defender in sight and the play would’ve resulted in, at worst, a first down. But with Jefferson’s game-breaking ability, it could’ve been for much more than that.

Instead of securing the football, Jefferson was clearly thinking about running after the catch and the ball bounced off his mitts. It was a costly drop and the Vikings failed to convert on their next two plays, ending the game.

Jefferson is an elite young talent and he did plenty in Week 11 to help the team win. However, he needs to learn that sometimes the easiest passes can be the toughest to catch and in the future, he needs to make sure he secures the ball before looking to turn up the field and run.