Vikings receivers feel they let the team down on Sunday night

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Vikings wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen have been a big part of what’s gone right for the Vikings this season and they were both over 100 yards on Sunday night, but the loss to the Saints was not a bright spot for either player.

Thielen lost a fumble late in the first half that the Saints turned into a touchdown and a 17-13 halftime lead. Diggs stopped short on a route in the second half that led to Kirk Cousins throwing a pass right into P.J. Williams‘ hands and Williams took it for a touchdown that helped put the game out of reach.

Thielen said he’s “disappointed in myself” and Diggs said his mistake “will wrack my brain until we see them again.” When you throw in Laquon Treadwell‘s unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after the Saints’ fumble recovery and his failure to bring in a fourth down pass, it makes for a bad night across the board for the Minnesota wideouts.

“This one stings, because we left a lot of plays [out there],” Treadwell said, via the Pioneer Press. “We let the team down. We know that, and we’ve got to bounce back.”

Bouncing back next Sunday would be a welcome development as it would give the Vikings a divisional win over the Lions and a 5-3-1 record as they head into their bye week.

61 responses to “Vikings receivers feel they let the team down on Sunday night

  1. Thielen’s fumble practically crippled this team, but it definitely shouldn’t have. There was a lack of mental toughness and the team looked defeated going into halftime. The veterans on this team needed to step up, and they didn’t.

  2. Well, the Zimm should take some blame by going for it on 4th and 1 on your own side of the of the 50 and giving Bree’s a short field. If you are going to throw it in that situation you throw it to Diggs or Thielen not Treadwell. Also Murry would of had a better chance by running it. Just my opinion.

  3. I agree with them but let’s not leave out Cousins who was generating turnovers and tipped balls like it was the game plan.

  4. The Vikings were down 2 Pro Bowlers on defense. When that’s the case and you’re playing the Saints, you don’t have to play “mistake free” but you certainly can’t make those types of mistakes. The Vikings, as always, were their own worst enemy last evening.

  5. Offense knew the Defense was hurting. It was on them to pick up the slack last night and sadly they came up short.

    But let’s not forget, it all started going wrong for the Vikings with a missed XP. Another kicker who can’t get it done.

  6. Treadwell’s penalty was just another glimpse into the mind of this kid. He’s got to go. Marginal talent that has a habit of doing stupid things. His penalties early in the year don’t get a lot of attention but he had 2 bad ones that had plays called back too. Those were for lining up in formation incorrectly. Inexcusable, Zim’s a stronger man than me. After that helmet throwing he would have been planted on the bench if I had a say… ugh. it was ugly, hope they all learn from it.

  7. .
    Belichick often says that the outcome of most games can be traced back to one or two key plays. And the team that makes them will be the winner. In this case it was one WR being careless with the football and the other WR lazily breaking off a route… Game over.
    .

  8. I’m glad they’re owning up to it. Diggs and Thielen are two of the best in the game, but their mistakes last night came against an opponent that you just can’t make those mistakes against, especially with the left side of your starting OL sidelined, and three starters out on defense.

    It’s just one game, and the second half of the season awaits, but this one hurts. Hopefully the team rebounds next week and then gets healthy over the bye week, because they’re going to need it for the stretch run.

  9. They did, but they have done so much for this team that anybody would be stupid to bash them. Those two mistakes were the only reason the Aint’s won. If the Aint’s feel good about that, then they won’t get far in the playoffs.

  10. Funny thing is, I don’t think of Treadwell as one of the receivers. He might have the correct number, but there are far better receivers than him on the bench. He is more like the dead weight the team drags around just because they don’t want to admit he’s a failure. Give Zylstra those snaps and the outcome would be different every week.

  11. So your kicker missed an Extra Point. He’s also the #1 kicker (in Fantasy going into yesterday) since he came back. Up until last night he has posted 11, 13, 9, 13,(depending on your league scoring) and then now a 2 from last night. The extra point position was moved back a couple years ago for a reason – so that kickers would miss sometimes – and this season shows that they are ALL capable of missing an XP, even Justin Tucker.

    You could do a hell of a lot worse than Dan Bailey.

  12. Can’t have this many mistakes and expect to win against a good team. I knew the home team was toast after Theilen’s fumble. It’s tough because they played so well in the first half (besides not capitalizing with a touchdown on the Brees turnover).

    Treadwell has got to go. I’m so tired of his mistakes, and now he’s shown us he has the temperament of a child as well. Remind me again on why he’s ahead of another other receiver on that bench?

    The cherry on top is more kicker issues. Seriously, a missed XP? It didn’t matter as we shot ourselves shortly afterwards so it didn’t factor into the game. Still, can’t lose a game in the future because of a missed extra point kick.

    The next two divisional games will tell if the Vikings are for real or not.

  13. Thielands fumble and Diggs stopping on his route were huge mistakes and it was the difference in the game. Treadwell continues to show he is a 1st round bust. That 4th down drop was huge. Yes he was defended but it hit his hands and either Diggs or Thieland would have caught that ball. Threw his helmet and got us a 15 yrd penalty. Time to admit your mistake Vikings and move on.

  14. AT’s fumble set the course for the rest of the game because the Vikes are a weak minded bunch just like their HC. DeFillipo is clueless. With the WORST tackle tandem in the NFL he loves going empty set in 3rd or 4th down pass situations leaving them out to dry. Last yr the Vikes had a great screen game. This year you can count screen plays on one hand so far. Preifer is doing his best to get in the head of the 2nd most accurate K of all time too. Let’s see….he makes his 1st XP from the right hash, so we move it to the left on the next one??? Indoors??? Justification? Oh and let’s be sure to use Treadwell as a gunner on punt coverage too Prief!! GTFOH!

  15. Whether on the receivers or not, the refs were allowing a lot of clutching and grabbing by the defense. And, that isn’t to say it was just one sided, but I noticed it more when the Vikings were on offense, due to bias. But, you watch some games and there is a flag every time a defender breathes on a receiver. Then, you have games where they allow a LOT of contact without any calls. Can’t we get a little more consistency on those calls?

  16. buckstalion12965 says:
    October 29, 2018 at 9:28 am
    But somehow it’s Cousins’s fault.
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    Looks like you missed the point of the article. That said it’s not unreasonable when you cough up that high a % of your cap allotment (and guarantee it all) to expect you will get a player that can put a team on their back.

  17. Saints were the better team…again. Everyone who watched last year’s divisional game knows that the saints were the better team then too. Completely outplayed but for a fluke play at the end.

    Saints are a far better squad than the Vikings…period.

  18. It’s true; however, credit the Saints for not making as many mistakes and having a part in causing the ones our WRs made. Congrats to the Saints. I still feel pretty good about the team and hope the Vikes get to play the Saints again when they’re a bit healthier.

  19. No doubt those two turnovers were the difference in the game, but how can you be mad at two guys that have done so much for this team? If it’s possible, those two mistakes will probably get these guys even more focused and motivated to make up for them. The Saints are an elite team so you can’t win if you make egregious mistakes like that but I feel optimistic this team will improve over the second half of the season.

  20. buckstalion12965 says:
    October 29, 2018 at 9:28 am
    But somehow it’s Cousins’s fault.

    ———–

    Well he did toss a pick-6 that put the game almost out of reach…. And there is also his predilection for coming up short against teams with winning records. But don’t fret….he typically puts up some decent fantasy footballs stats even in a loss.

  21. Imagine how bad it would have been if the game had been played in the Superdome…good Lord. Bloodbath. Rams are walking into a buzz saw next week.

  22. boisestatewhodat says:
    October 29, 2018 at 10:39 am

    Saints were the better team…again. Everyone who watched last year’s divisional game knows that the saints were the better team then too. Completely outplayed but for a fluke play at the end.

    Saints are a far better squad than the Vikings…period.
    _________

    That’s garbage. The Vikings dominated that game for most of three quarters. The Saints got two touchdowns on short fields after a gift interception and a blocked punt, then had to convert a desperation 4th-and-10 to get the go-ahead field goal. You apparently didn’t watch that game.

  23. Not a fan of either team but what goes around comes around. Look at the way MN won that playoff game last year. At least NO beat them on the road and not on one of the fluckiest plays ever.

  24. Don’t forget some interesting coaching decisions – for example the challenge on what was pretty obviously a completed pass to Thomas, and then ON THE VERY NEXT PLAY (bomb from Hill to Thomas) that ball clearly hit the ground and that should have been challenged, but due to just unwisely using the challenge on the previous play, Zimm held off. That bomb set up the Camara TD and the Saints were off and running.

  25. So, reading through these comments, the Vikes lost because of:

    1) The refs
    2) Injuries
    3) A fumble
    4) A pick 6
    5) A missed XP

    Is that about it, Viking fans?

  26. We have FOUR really good backs! Cooks, Murray, Boone. and Thomas…RUN THE FOOTBALL!!!! CONTROL THE CLOCK! KEEP THE DEFENSE OFF THE FIELD! I think we’ve become pass happy! STOP IT!!!! RUN THE BALL!

  27. The receivers choked but so did the sack less defense, so did the throwing it for 2 feet on 4th down coaching call instead of a goal line offense, so did the lack of adjustments to stop the rb catch out of the backfield, so did the short drop back that allowed for pressure on offense. The Vikes weren’t ready for prime time, the players or the coaches.

  28. Just another Vikings squad coming up short in a big moment. This franchise is littered with stories of this kind. Its the Vikings legacy. I’m fully convinced that this team will never win a championship in MN. Maybe they will if they move to Boston or Dallas or LA. Moving on…

  29. The WRs took the blame because they’re good guys, but the blame isnt theirs. The defense was missing some key guys but still did enough. This one is on Cousins. He’s paid to be elite and he wasn’t. Saints played a mistake free game and got the win.

  30. Poor coaching once again does in the Vikings. Zimmer is not a good head coach…hell, he’s not even a very good coordinator unless he has a defensive minded head coach to help him. I dislike the Vikings, but Diggs and Thielen are stand up guys and it’s cool that they try to keep the heat off of their coach. His players can only protect him for so long, though.

  31. cheeseisfattening says:
    October 29, 2018 at 11:22 am
    Nice to see some ownership rather than cursing out teammates to other teammates on camera.
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    Blind sheep need to be spoken to softly.

  32. Diggs and Thielen each cost us 6 points with their mistakes. Treadwell is costing us a season. Could we please see more of Zylstra before it is too late?
    Please?

  33. Lions, Vikings, and Packers all had a bad week of football after playing some good and bad ball all year. Next week’s game should be a good one too. The team that plays with the least mistakes will win.

  34. It’s a tough loss but RELAX. We’re going to win against the Lions and get healthy over the bye week. Good win by the Saints and lots of mistakes for us to work on correcting. I’m not worried, not in the least.

  35. lawrenceofalabia says:
    October 29, 2018 at 12:49 pm
    Poor coaching once again does in the Vikings. Zimmer is not a good head coach

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Okay, why is he a bad coach, and what specifically was the poor coaching?

  36. This week it was Thielen and Diggs making big mistakes but the identity of this team seems to be that they make at least one big mistake in every game. They can get away with that against bad teams most of the time but it isn’t going to work against good ones. I don’t know how but they need to clean up these mistakes or they’re going nowhere this year.

  37. Jeffrey Julian
    Oct 29, 2018, 11:15 AM CDT
    Just another Vikings squad coming up short in a big moment
    //////
    It’s game 8, in October. Settle down. The Vikings are tied for most wins in division.

  38. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    October 29, 2018 at 9:40 am
    They did, but they have done so much for this team that anybody would be stupid to bash them. Those two mistakes were the only reason the Aint’s won. If the Aint’s feel good about that, then they won’t get far in the playoffs.
    ——
    So you’d say the only reason the Rams beat the packers was because of Ty’s fumble?

  39. Granted, it wasn’t the Viking’s WR’s best game of the year but there is plenty of blame to go around. Cousins has never been able to win the big game his whole career and last night did little to dispell that reputation. If the Vikings even make the playoffs this year, maybe the Viking fans will realize what it is we are talking about.

  40. The Vikings can’t hang with elite teams. They are simply outclassed.

    And Cousin’s likes to choke in the clutch. He’s pretty much a boat anchor tethered to Speildope’s neck.

  41. Jeffrey Julian says:
    October 29, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Just another Vikings squad coming up short in a big moment.
    ))))))))))))))
    It was week 8 nothing more, not a big moment.

  42. Viking fans.Wow!! What a bunch. If, but if,but… you lost again. Kirk Cousins record against winning teams was 4 and 19 and the Vikings paid him what?

  43. “They did, but they have done so much for this team that anybody would be stupid to bash them. Those two mistakes were the only reason the Aint’s won. If the Aint’s feel good about that, then they won’t get far in the playoffs.”

    Marcus Williams’ missed tackle of Diggs was the only reason Minneaota won last year; the ‘queens felt good about that and didn’t get far in the playoffs.

  44. qckappa says:
    October 29, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    The receivers choked but so did the sack less defense
    )))))))))))))))
    Brees had 120 yards passing. They pressured Brees into a pick. Yeah no sack but hard to blame the defense when the Turnovers were the difference.

  45. dragynj says:
    October 29, 2018 at 9:29 am

    Treadwell’s penalty…
    ))))))

    I am not going to defend or complain about Treadwell’s throwing of his helmet. That is going to be called very often.
    But you know what else is going to be called that wasn’t.Players running to the end zone posing for pictures after the play is over. Consistency of officiating is lacking in the NFL.

  46. Poppy123 says:
    October 29, 2018 at 6:42 pm
    Viking fans.Wow!! What a bunch. If, but if,but… you lost again. Kirk Cousins record against winning teams was 4 and 19 and the Vikings paid him what?

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    While Rodgers has a 19-83 record against winning teams

  47. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    October 29, 2018 at 11:09 am
    boisestatewhodat says:
    October 29, 2018 at 10:39 am

    Saints were the better team…again. Everyone who watched last year’s divisional game knows that the saints were the better team then too. Completely outplayed but for a fluke play at the end.

    Saints are a far better squad than the Vikings…period.
    _________

    That’s garbage. The Vikings dominated that game for most of three quarters. The Saints got two touchdowns on short fields after a gift interception and a blocked punt, then had to convert a desperation 4th-and-10 to get the go-ahead field goal. You apparently didn’t watch that game.

    ***********************************************************************************

    You’re a sensible fan and I normally agree with your comments but there are no “GIFTS” in this league. If you’re calling the interception a that, then I suppose the fumble recovery is also a gift. Mistakes are a part of the game…just like Williams’ “mistake” in last year’s divisional game. The Saints lost that one…because the Vikings outplayed them for 60 minutes – just like the Saints outplayed the Vikings for 60 minutes on Sunday night.

  48. 6ball says:
    October 29, 2018 at 9:30 am
    .
    Belichick often says that the outcome of most games can be traced back to one or two key plays. And the team that makes them will be the winner. In this case it was one WR being careless with the football and the other WR lazily breaking off a route… Game over.

    ———
    I think you’re right about how big of deal these two plays were but characterizing them as careless and lazy I think are quite the stretch and a little bit of an insult that hasn’t been earned by the two players in question. For thielen, not every fumble happens because the player was careless with the ball. And I wouldn’t say that’s what happened with thielen. He wasn’t being careless, the ball got knocked out by a perfect defensive play and coincidently the perfect time that the ball was vulnerable. Unfortunately sometimes fumbles just happen, and it’s not the result of a player being careless. And for Diggs, he wasn’t being lazy in any way at all. I played wr at both the slot and the wideout. In that situation, some teams allow for their to be multiple options on routes depending on what type of coverage they get and what the situation is. Diggs cut his route short. Now I grant you, he did it at the wrong time and doing so was the wrong thing to do at the time. But calling Diggs lazy is just flat out wrong, and it’s just about the most insulting thing you can say about an athlete. Diggs clearly thought the situation called for him to break the route off short and he did so at a time that cousins thought he was going to extend it. It’s not lazy, it was just the wrong call at the wrong time. These were glaring mistakes by both guys, but sometimes football just happens and sometimes the absolute worst thing happens because of it. That’s the case for both players and it’s obvious that these are both just worst case scenario situations because this is something that basically never happens for either player. I think these guys deserve quite a bit more respect from you considering how well they’ve played and how hard they both play ALL THE TIME! I don’t think either of them deserved to have those kinds of insults thrown their way.

  49. boisestatewhodat says:
    October 29, 2018 at 10:39 am
    Saints were the better team…again. Everyone who watched last year’s divisional game knows that the saints were the better team then too. Completely outplayed but for a fluke play at the end.

    Saints are a far better squad than the Vikings…period.

    ——–‘
    So are you sure you watched the Vikings saints game last year? Cause I wouldn’t say that game made the saints look like a “far better team”. Sounds to me you’re just like every other pretend football fan who sees an outcome and remembers that key play and that’s all they remember. What you’re failing to mention in your analysis of that game is that the Vikings flat out rolled over the saints in the first half. It looked like the Vikings were going to blow them out going into halftime. If the saints had won that game, it would have been considered a major comeback victory. Now it seems to me, that in a playoff game, when a team is having to make a comeback to win, and then loses on a last second play to kill said comeback, would not imply that one team is clearly the better team. First off, both of those teams were extremely good teams, and even tho the Vikings were dominating the entire first half,it was the definition of a “close game” as it came down to the final play. Now in my mind, when you’re talking about a game consisting of 2 of the top teams in the entire league, a playoff game, and a game that came down to a final play, there isn’t a “clearly better team” in a game like that. I’m not sure why last year, and those year for that matter, you can’t acknowledge that both teams are really good and that it was an awesome game to watch. If both teams were in a position to win like that, they had to be pretty evenly matched. I’m not sure why you and many people like you can’t acknowledge how good one team is without insulting the other team. I’m a Vikings fan, but I’m not sitting here acting like the saints were a joke because we beat them twice last year, just like I would hope saints fans wouldn’t do the same to us now. Show some respect. You can compliment a team just by complimenting them. It doesn’t require you to insult the other team. Makes you sound unintelligent

  50. Wow! Guys calm down. We lost a game. We aren’t going to win every single game. We don’t have to act like it’s the end of the world every time we lose. The saints are a good team, and so are we. They won this game. There were some mistakes and there were some positives, both of which should be noticed. I’ll never understand fans who watch a game like that, which did have some glaring mistakes, and act like the team is trash, the coaching staff is totally useless and they all need to be fired, and spielman deserves to be fired for the construction of this team. I really cannot relate to people who react like this.

    The players: yes some players made mistakes. But someone has to lose every game(except for those stupid ties). Every team loses some games, great teams have mistakes filled games. This doesn’t mean players need to be cut or benched or whatever. Sometimes you just get outplayed.

    Coaches: yeah they made some mistakes on calls. But I can’t stand how some of you act like you could’ve done a better job sitting in your arm chair with a downward camera view of the field to your advantage. This isn’t quite as easy as you all act like it is, and most of what you all have to say is in hindsight. You’re all critical of the coaches as if you could do better when most of you have no real idea how complicated this game is. All of you need to seriously look back and recall what it was like to be a Vikings fan before Zimmer got here. I personally love zim and have no desire to go back to the days of leslie Frazier, tice, or any of the other awful coaches we dealt with. We have had a mediocre start, yes, but this team is dealing with so many changes that we should be thankful the coaching staff has been able to pull off this much this early while we still are adjusting to a new qb, new oc, and our OL coach died. Quite frankly, I expected this to take a minute to get going, and I’m not ready to jump ship just because we aren’t perfect right away.

    Spielman and the front office: quite frankly we are lucky to have a front office this good. Just look at the extensions we made this season. You realize the fact that we had to extend those guys from their rookie contracts is a reflection of how great we draft. What a great problem to have. No matter what you think about cousins or his contract, the fact that we were able to sign him was a phenomenal job by the FO. Do you realize cousins is the best qb to hit FA since manning? And before that it goes so far back I’m not sure who it would be. QBs don’t hit FA. That was a great signing. And just shut up about the money, we paid him the market value for a qb on the open market and it gave us a legit franchise guy for the first time in forever. Not to mention our cap guy is an absolute wizard to keep pulling off these contracts.

    Let the team figure things out before you unleash all this hate on a team that is still figuring it out. As far as I’m concerned, it’s nice to be in the convo of the best teams in the league for the last 2 years. Sure beats the hell out of being a joke like we used to be. For the first time, our team has a future beyond a single sesoon, and for me, I’m willing to be patient while they get it together.

  51. Jakob Whitlock says:
    November 1, 2018 at 1:29 am

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    Man you typed a novel. Lots of good comments BUT I understand calling Diggs lazy on that interception. Not because he broke the route off but he never chased the corner to try to stop him from scoring!!! Watch the replay. He just stood there as if he bought tickets to a football game.

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