If NFL defenses overlooked Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen before Sunday, they are unlikely to make that mistake again. The fourth-year pro and Detroit Lakes, Minn., native shredded the Washington Redskins secondary for 12 catches, 166 yards and one touchdown, including a 38-yard grab against vaunted Redskins cornerback Josh Norman. Asked if he thought the Redskins didn’t give him enough respect heading into Sunday’s matchup, Thielen politely shrugged off the question. “I don’t know,” he said. “I’m just trying to get the individual matchup on each play. I want to play football and help this team win games, and it feels good to get the win here.” Although Thielen’s gaudy numbers on Sunday might mean a career day for many receivers, it wasn’t even his best day as a pro. He had 202 yards and 16 catches against Green Bay at the end of the 2016 season. Thielen’s 7-yard reception for a touchdown in the second quarter Sunday put the Vikings up 21-17 and sparked a game of leapfrog as an end-zone celebration. He said the moment was about “taking it back to the playground.” “We’ve been talking about it the last couple of weeks,” Thielen said, chuckling as he explained to reporters how the unorthodox celebration came about. “We talked about it in the huddle, and when we got in the red zone during a TV timeout we were like, ‘Hey, were’ going to do it when we score.’ ” Thielen gave his teammates decent marks for execution, even as he conceded it wasn’t flawless.
Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen again shows he’s not to be overlooked
St. Paul Pioneer Press | Nov 13