Justin Jefferson passes Randy Moss with most receiving yards in first three NFL seasons

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick has a long history of trying to take away the thing that the opposing offense does best. It usually works.

On Thanksgiving night in Minnesota, it didn’t.

Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson caught nine passes for 139 yards and a touchdown. Along the way, he passed former Vikings receiver Randy Moss for the most receiving yards in the first three years of a career.

Moss had 4,163 yards. Jefferson now has 4,248. With six games to play.

Jefferson also extended his record for the most 100-yard receiving games in a player’s first three seasons. He has 21. Moss and Odell Beckham Jr. have 19.

For the year, Jefferson now has 1,232 in 11 games. He’s on pace for 1,904.

Far more importantly, the Vikings erased the sour taste of a 40-3 blowout loss to the Cowboys from Sunday. And the Vikings won the first Thanksgiving game they’ve ever hosted.

The victory moves the 9-2 Vikings closer to winning the NFC North for the first time since 2017. The Lions are 4-7, the Packers are 4-7, and the Bears are 3-8. Minnesota currently has a five-game lead.

The bigger goal for the Vikings is the chase for the No. 1 seed. They’ll be in the awkward spot of rooting for the Packers to beat the 9-1 Eagles on Sunday night. Some would say it’s better to see the Packers have the final nail applied to their playoff chances, because the last thing the Vikings would want to see is a Green Bay team with a nothing-to-lose mindset rolling into U.S. Bank Stadium in a single-elimination setting.

Those are all things to be determined in the coming weeks. For now, Jefferson has become the most productive receiver in league history through three seasons, with a half-dozen more opportunities to set the bar even higher.

6 responses to “Justin Jefferson passes Randy Moss with most receiving yards in first three NFL seasons

  1. It makes a huge difference when he gets 6 games a year against the terrible defenses of the 20’, 21’ and 22’ AFC north. Vikings have also finished poorly in the AFC north meaning they’ve gotten to face the vaunted defenses of the Falcons, Jax, Houston and other trash defenses.

    Seriously he’s a gift receiver but to compare him to Randy Moss when guys could mug you and now they can’t even play defense.

    Look at his game by game stats. He’s has massive stat padding games against some of the worst defenses of the last 3 years.

  2. Some records seem like they’ll never be broken. This record seems like it will be broken fairly soon. But I’m happy for Justin Jefferson. He’s worked hard and stayed healthy. Hope he can keep it going.

  3. If the Vikings finished the season 2-5 (which is what they’d have to do for Green Bay to have a chance at the division), they wouldn’t be a real contender anyway. Go Packers. Skol.

  4. He’s special. Any time you have a guy that you KNOW the defense is going to game plan for & double cover and he STILL puts up big numbers every single week….yeah he’s special

  5. We love acquiring these little records. It helps ease the pain of no championships . . . ever!

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