Adam Thielen stays focused, despite reduced opportunities

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Through three games last year, Vikings receiver Adam Thielen had 32 catches and 338 yards. Through three games this year, Thielen has only 11 catches and 173 yards.

The reduced output “doesn’t matter to me, as long as we win,” Thielen told PFT via phone after Sunday’s 34-14 win over the Raiders. Thielen explained that he continues to focus on all the little things that go with running routes and getting open, and that he simply tries to make the most out of every opportunity that comes his way.

“It’s definitely not harder,” Thielen said regarding the change in the focus from passing to running. “It’s just different.”

The very different focus on running — led by the incredible skills of third-year running back Dalvin Cook — makes it easier to pass via play action. Which is exactly what the Vikings did in scoring their first touchdown of the day. With quarterback Kirk Cousins faking the handoff and rolling left, Thielen popped wide open. So open that it almost became a problem.

Thielen said it’s actually harder to catch a pass when he’s that open than when he’s blanketed, because there’s a chance he’ll loose his focus when he takes it for granted.

He made the catch. And he scored again on a short running play at the goal line, punctuated with a spike so aggressive that it almost seemed like he was sending a message. Was he?

“No,” Thielen said. “I just didn’t know what else to do.”

The Vikings have shown they know what to do to win games: Combine old-school offense with old-school defense. It was a fitting combination on the day they recognized the ultra-old-school 1969 Vikings, who won the last NFL championship before the merger.

13 responses to “Adam Thielen stays focused, despite reduced opportunities

  1. No he wasn’t trying to make a point by spiking the ball. Seems like someone was trying to start a problem

  2. icko1112 says:
    September 22, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    He’s a punk… BB put him in his place last year…/////

    You sound ill informed at best. Thielen is not close to being a punk. If you don’t know the team stick to the Pats.

  3. Diggs is seeing fewer targets than Thielen. He’s the guy who might get down a little about it. Thielen is at least scoring so he can hang his hat on that. But the Vikings as a rushing team is going to take a little while for the league to get used to. Later in the season teams will commit at least a safety or perhaps something more creative to stopping the run. Then for the Vikings to succeed, the ball will be airborne a lot more, and these guys will get their catches.

  4. codylaws says:
    September 23, 2019 at 8:33 am
    Both Diggs and Thielen are not worth the kind of money they got. They’re good but not elite. Diggs just kind of disappeared about being paid.
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    You couldn't be more wrong. I am super happy to have these 2 locked up.

  5. ragnarthegreat says:
    September 23, 2019 at 7:49 am
    Diggs is seeing fewer targets than Thielen. He’s the guy who might get down a little about it. Thielen is at least scoring so he can hang his hat on that. But the Vikings as a rushing team is going to take a little while for the league to get used to. Later in the season teams will commit at least a safety or perhaps something more creative to stopping the run. Then for the Vikings to succeed, the ball will be airborne a lot more, and these guys will get their catches.
    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    For the past 20 years teams have drafted to pass and defend the pass. Zimmer has a brilliant game plan, the zone blocking takes the place of screen passes, plus it tires out the defense. This is also a great way to slow down the fast pass happy offenses!
    Minnesota only took 1 quarter to figure out the Packers Offense, unfortunately a missed FG, and bone headed INT by Cousins sealed their fate. The no call penalties, (2 delay of games have video evidence!) but that is normal for visitors at Lambeau..
    One more Draft with a Quality 1st or 2nd round Offensive lineman will put Minny over the top, This year a Wildcard, next year the NFCN will be ours again. Barring better than expected games with KC Chicago, Seattle, and the Cowboys.

  6. Listen, all you Vikings fans. They are good no doubt. But undersized. Break down big time in the 2nd half. Diggs is injury prone & has never played a whole season. Thielan fell to pieces last year after game 8 mentally & physically. Mentally all you have to see is his idiocy with Bilicheck vs the pats & his tirade towards cousins vs the hawks.

    He was also hurt vs philly in the playoffs, his back, same back problems to end the year last year but he kept it on the DL.

    Both men need to hit the iron hard.

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