The Detroit Lions are no stranger to excellent receiving pairings. From Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, to Tate and Marvin Jones, and now Jones and Kenny Golladay, the Lions have had some dynamic duos over the past few years alone.
The Minnesota Vikings have quite the pair of their own in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Both receivers have recorded at least 800 yards in each of the past three seasons and have represented one of the stronger pairings in the entire league. Last season they each brought in over 100 receptions and notched nine touchdowns a piece.
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- 45% of the Vikings' receptions
- 57% of the Vikings' receiving yards
- 100% of the Vikings' receiving TDs
2019 has been a different story, however, as a change in offensive coordinator has brought more attention to the run game. Thielen and Diggs have a combined 786 yards through six games this season on just 49 total catches. The threat still remains, however, as the duo has nine total touchdowns so far.
Today’s Question of the Day is:
Which Vikings receiver scares you most?
My answer: While this season has been less prolific for the Vikings passing game, the past two games have been a good reminder of how electric it still can be. Two weeks ago against the Giants, Thielen hauled in seven balls for 130 yards and two scores. Last week it was Diggs who terrorized the Eagles for 167 yards and three touchdowns.
Normally it is Diggs who I believe more in, due to his big play ability. The speedster always seems capable of taking one to the house, and he has a history of turning games on their head with his downfield receptions.
However, I think Thielen is the tougher matchup for the Lions. Diggs only brought in two passes in Week 14 against Detroit last season and always faces a potential shadow by Darius Slay. Meanwhile, Thielen is dangerous in the underneath game, and he is skilled at moving around in the formation and finding mismatches.
Neither threat should be taken lightly, but if I had to look out for one, it would be Thielen this week.