The Minnesota Vikings (12-4) did not look good against the Green Bay Packers (8-8). Suffering what may have been their most humiliating loss of the season, even counting the Dallas Cowboys, to their rival whom they beat by double-digits earlier this season.
Unfortunately, these are not the same teams that played in Week one. Leaving the Vikings seeding up in the air with any number of potential outcomes.
Even WR Justin Jefferson is feeling the effects. His one reception for 15 yards is his lowest of the season. Largely due to the amount of attention he was given by the Packers secondary and their pass rush affecting QB Kirk Cousins. Taking starting OT Brian O’Neil down as well.
However, Jefferson’s pursuit of Calvin Johnson’s single-season receiving yards (1,964) record is still within the realm of possibility. Especially given Jefferson’s output this season.
The Vikings wide receiver has been held under 100+ yards receiving six times. Four (so far) have been followed up with massive comeback performances from Jefferson.
Outings of 147, 115, 139 and 223 yards, with Sunday being a possible fifth such outing.
He and the Minnesota Vikings need 194 yards against the Chicago Bears to break the record. A team he already racked up 154 yards against in their first meeting earlier this season.
This time, he will go up against a defense allowing the third-most yards per catch (11.9) and second-most yards per attempt (7.8) who will be without a number of their starting and rotational defensive backs.
Defensive backs Eddie Jackson, Jaylon Johnson, Jaylon Jones and Josh Blackwell are all on injured reserve or are doubtful to play this weekend for an already hurting Bears secondary.
A perfect time for Jefferson and the Vikings. Not just to revitalize the passing attack but give Jefferson one last shot to secure his place in NFL history.
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