MINNEAPOLIS– It was a scene the Minnesota Vikings might just imagine. Super star receiver Justin Jefferson cut loose Sunday through the Green Bay Packers secondary, taking a multitude of wide-open hand down the method to the very best video game of his profession.
Jefferson had 9 receptions for a career-best 184 lawns and 2 goals as the Vikings pounded their NFC North competitor, 23-7, at United States Bank Arena. However it was the nature of Jefferson’s catches that were so spectacular.
Jefferson balanced 4.0 lawns of separation on his 11 targets, according to ESPN Statistics & Info research study, and acquired 138 of his getting lawns on plays when he had at least 3.0 lawns of separation. And on a 64-yard haul that established a basket in the 2nd quarter, there was not a protector within 10 lawns of him.
” I was believing someone will originate from behind and tackle me,” Jefferson stated. “I believed [Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander] had actually kept up me. However he wasn’t there. It type of shook me up a bit, however I’m grateful I entered completion zone.”
The Vikings were playing their very first video game in brand-new coach Kevin O’Connell’s plan, and Jefferson stated he anticipated to see the normal double groups and cloud protections he has actually grown familiar with throughout his very first 2 seasons in the league. He was shocked, nevertheless, to see the Packers did not regularly ask Alexander to follow him in protection.
Alexander was shocked, too. Inquired about the possible match, Alexander initially made the zipping-the-lips movement and after that stated: “All week, [he was] requesting that match. However it ain’t about me. It has to do with the group. It ain’t about me. If it was my method, you understand what I would be doing.”
O’Connell’s plan was instrumental. Jefferson lined up all over the field, making it hard to track him. Jefferson took 41 snaps on the outdoors, 12 in the slot, 2 in the backfield and one as a tight end. Almost half of his yardage overall (91) began those plays from the slot with the other 93 from the outdoors, making him just the 2nd gamer in the previous 7 seasons to collect a minimum of 90 lawns from both the slot and the exterior.
Jefferson likewise entered into pre-snap movement on 7 snaps and was targeted on 4 of those plays, consisting of a 5-yard goal reception in the very first quarter.
” I certainly like the motioning,” Jefferson stated, “and simply seeing the entire field. I’m quite sure I’m going to do it a lot more.”
ESPN’s Rob Demovsky added to this report.