Silver Linings from the Vikings’ Week 1 loss to the Bengals

CINCINNATI, OHIO - SEPTEMBER 12: Greg Joseph #1 of the Minnesota Vikings kicks a field goal to tie the game at 24-24 as time expires in the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OHIO - SEPTEMBER 12: Greg Joseph #1 of the Minnesota Vikings kicks a field goal to tie the game at 24-24 as time expires in the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /
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K.J. Osborn – Minnesota Vikings (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
K.J. Osborn – Minnesota Vikings (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

KJ Osborn Emerging as WR No. 3

Not a whole heck of a lot went right for the Vikings’ offense last Sunday. They struggled to move the ball on the ground and had to overcome plenty of penalties by their fullback and offensive line. They limped their way to 24 points and 403 total yards but were far from the explosive group that was in the top three of the NFL a season ago.

One positive to come out of this offensive performance was the emergence of KJ Osborn as the third wide receiver. Osborn ended up catching 7 balls for 76 yards on nine targets. He made some impressive grabs on some balls that weren’t exactly on the money. He also clearly has earned the trust of Kirk Cousins who not only looked his way nine times but did it in some crucial and big spots.

KJ Osborn was one of the big surprises of Vikings’ training camp. He was making impressive catches day in and day out and was earning rave reviews from the coaching staff and pretty much anyone who was in attendance. It was great to see that carry over into the regular season and perhaps now the Vikings have a true third option in the passing game, taking some pressure off of Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson.