Overreaction No. 1
The Vikings can survive without Justin Jefferson
In their first game without Justin Jefferson on the field since he was drafted in 2020, Minnesota was able to get a win over the Bears on Sunday. So the Vikings are now undefeated (1-0) in games without Jefferson in the lineup.
Before he went on injured reserve last week, some were making the ludicrous suggestion that Minnesota should trade Jefferson instead of giving him a big-money contract in order to acquire more assets to build for the future.
Well, the insane people who made this suggestion likely enjoyed the Vikings being able to leave Chicago with a victory without the help of their top wide receiver.
However, it's not like Minnesota's offense was torching the Bears' defense up and down the field. The Vikings clearly missed Jefferson, and having him out there would have made life much easier for Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins.
It's great that the Vikings can still win games without Jefferson's help, but the victory came against one of the worst teams in the NFL this season.
Now, if Minnesota can defeat the 5-1 San Francisco 49ers next Monday without Jefferson on the field, the people who would like the Vikings to trade the wide receiver would have a more convincing argument to make.
However, any suggestion for Minnesota to trade away their best player, who is in the prime of his career, is the wrong suggestion. Jefferson makes the Vikings' passing attack so much more explosive, and this was proven during his absence against the Bears on Sunday.