Justin Jefferson has been setting the football world on fire lately with his play. Just last week, Jefferson snapped two of the Minnesota Vikings’ most impressive single-season records held by Hall of Famers Cris Carter and Randy Moss.
Heading into Sunday’s matchup with the Green Bay Packers, Jefferson looks to wreak even more havoc on Minnesota’s NFC North foe.
However, Packers head coach Matt Lafleur is aware of the challenge his defense faces in stopping Jefferson and the Vikings’ high-powered passing attack.
“It’s not just Justin, but obviously Jefferson is a problem,” LaFleur said. “He’s a legit number one and you could argue he’s as good as anybody in the league right now.”
At this point in the season Jefferson isn’t going to surprise anybody. He’s the runaway favorite for the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year while there is a small minority clamoring for MVP consideration.
The first time these two teams met, Jefferson exposed the Packers, recording nine catches for 184 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1.
But the Vikings aren’t a one-man wrecking crew. Newly acquired tight end T.J. Hockenson had his best game in purple and gold in last week’s win over the New York Giants. Hockenson reeled in a team-high 13 catches for 109 yards and two touchdowns.
Oh yeah, and Kirk Cousins hasn’t been too shabby either. Cousins is averaging 395 passing yards in his last three games, throwing nine touchdowns to just two interceptions.
Minnesota will certainly be tested going on the road to face the Packers’ third-ranked pass defense. However, the Vikings possess an embarrassment of riches at pass catcher, making for a difficult matchup across the board on a weekly basis.
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