More quick thoughts from Minnesota’s loss to Detroit
Jefferson is doing everything he can: With no Dalvin Cook, and Adam Thielen out for the majority of Sunday’s game, most assumed the Lions would place a very heavy emphasis on stopping Justin Jefferson. It didn’t really matter though.
Jefferson was still able to finish with 11 catches for 182 yards and one touchdown as he continued to maintain his standing as one of the top receivers in the entire NFL.
Breeland’s time in Minnesota is almost over: Heading into the 2021 campaign, some thought Bashaud Breeland would be one of the Vikings’ best new additions to their defense. Well, it’s been clear all season that he’s not.
Breeland had another disappointing performance on Sunday against the Lions that included getting hurdled by a tight end and drawing a 17-yard pass interference play. He’s a free agent in 2022 and it’s safe to say Minnesota probably isn’t going to be bringing him back.
Osborn is actually still on the roster: Sunday was the first time in a while that K.J. Osborn has been able to make a difference for the Vikings’ offense this season. Against the Lions, Osborn finished with four catches for 47 yards and a touchdown. In his previous four games, he accumulated just three catches for 44 yards.
Re-signing Berry should be a priority in 2022: It’s never good when one of the few bright spots on a team’s roster is their punter, but that has been the case for Minnesota and Jordan Berry this season.
Already averaging 47 yards per punt heading into Sunday, Berry performed well against Detroit as two of his three punts landed inside the 20-yard line. He is a free agent in 2022, and unlike Breeland, the Vikings should make an effort to bring him back next year.