Justin Jefferson – WR
We give Justin Jefferson all the praise he deserves when he balls out and racks up more than 150 yards through the air with multiple scores. We also need to call him out when he struggles.
Jefferson definitely had an off-game against the Lions. He couldn’t find separation against Jeff Okudah, and he also had multiple Lions on him for the majority of the game. He finished the day with just three receptions for 14 yards. Jefferson also had a couple of drops mixed in there, which is something he rarely does.
Jefferson has now struggled two games in a row. Teams are putting multiple defenders on him, taking him out of the Vikings’ game plan. He also is getting covered very physically by defenders and not all the holds and interferences are being called. It is easy to see he’s getting frustrated by that with his demeanor on some of the non-calls.
Luckily with him being double covered, it opened up things for Adam Thielen and K.J. Osborn, and Kirk Cousins took advantage of that, leading the Vikings to a win. While Jefferson was disappointing against the Lions, this isn’t a trend that is going to last. He’s too good a player to continue to struggle and Kevin O’Connell will find ways to get the ball to his biggest playmaker’s hands.