6 biggest takeaways from the Vikings loss to the Bucs in Week 1

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Vikings Takeaway No. 3

Justin Jefferson is still excellent

It's kind of scary that Justin Jefferson had seven catches for 137 yards at halftime, and it still felt like he was about to do more on every play. That type of expectation is how talented the young receiver is and how he can dominate a game.

Jeferson ended with nine catches for 150 yards, meaning he only had two catches for 13 yards in the second half. Kirk Cousins and the offense needs to keep him involved in order to spread the ball around to all the pass catchers.

Defenses pay so much attention to Jefferson that it opens things up for other receivers. Even though he can be a decoy, he is still enough of a weapon that he will make contested catches and pick up yards after the catch.

It won't be too much longer before the Minnesota Vikings will likely make Justin Jefferson the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL when they work out a long-term extension with the exciting young face of the franchise.