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WR Adam Thielen - Minnesota Vikings

6-3, 200Born: 8-22-1990College: Minnesota StateDrafted: ---

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 18): Thielen and the rest of the Vikings passing game had the rug pulled out from under them when Sam Bradford was out with a knee injury. Bradford could be back this week against Tampa, but this casts a shadow over his season-long outlook.

Week 3: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. It remains to be seen if Sam Bradford will play and if he does not play, it will once again be Case Keenum for the Vikings in this game. Keenum who averaged just 4.51 yards per target in his first game as a Vikings starting quarterback would be a big negative to this offense compared to Bradford who had a terrific week one against the Saints. The Vikings will limit the offense in an attempt to run the ball and control the ball without asking Keenum to do much in this offense as Keenum only completed 20 of 37 passes last week. From a wide receiver standpoint, Kyle Rudolph, Laquon Treadwell, Adam Thielen, and Stefon Diggs all saw 6 targets this past week with Rudolph leading the way with 45 yards. The Buccaneers secondary largely shut down the Bears defense in the first half holding them scoreless led by Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes. If you look at the overall numbers the Bears did throw for 301 yards in this game which was largely due to garbage time at the end of the game as the Buccaneers were up 26-0 at halftime. Grimes will primarily lineup on the outside on Stefon Diggs, but the matchup to potentially exploit is cornerback Robert McClain who continues to be a subpar slot corner and his matchup against Adam Thielen this week. Last week, Kendall Wright out of the slot had 10 targets 7 receptions for 69 yards against McClain and this will be a clear area where the Vikings will target this upcoming week.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs NO 65 0 0 0 10 9 157 0 0 15.7
2 at PIT 63 0 0 0 6 5 44 0 1 3.4
3 vs TB PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 5 * * * *
3 vs TB PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 6 * * * *
3 vs TB PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs PIT (6 / 5 / 44 / 0 rec)

The entire Minnesota offense had a tough day and Thielen was no exception. Thielen has been a budding star in Minnesota since the end of last season, but today was not one of his best games. Thielen's lone big play came when he beat Steeler's corner Joe Haden for a 24-yard gain to set up an eventual Viking's field goal. The most disappointing aspect of today came on his crucial fumble on the last drive of the game. Thielen tried to reach the ball for a first down on 4th and 7 and the ball came loose. This is a game the Thielen and the Vikings hope to soon forget.

2017 Week 1 vs NO (10 / 9 / 157 / 0 rec)

Thielen picked right back up where he left off to end last season with another big game tonight. The undrafted wide receiver was targeted more than any other Vikings player and complied more yards after the catch than anyone. Bradford was able to hit Thielen in stride several times tonight for big gains and no one on the Saints seemed to be able to cover him. Thielen has mastered using Kyle Rudolph to screen his defender and run free across the middle. Look for the Vikings to use Thielen more and more out of the slot to get into the redzone before deferring to Rudolph and others in goal to go situations.

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Vikings | Adam Thielen catches five passes (Sun Sep 17, 05:48 PM) - Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen caught five passes for 44 yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2.

Our View: Thielen and the rest of the Vikings pass offense sorely misses Sam Bradford. Hopefully some rest will help Bradford's knee calm down and allow him to play at a level close to the Week 1 mastery against the Saints. The Saints defense was the same against Tom Brady and the Patriots today, so perhaps Bradford won't approach that kind of production again this year anyway.
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Vikings | Adam Thielen blows up for 157 yards on MNF (Tue Sep 12, 12:34 AM) - Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen was very productive in the team's season opener Monday, Sept. 11, opposite the New Orleans Saints, as he recorded nine catches on a team-high 10 targets for 157 yards.

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Schedule

3vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4vs Detroit Lions
5@ Chicago Bears
6vs Green Bay Packers
7vs Baltimore Ravens
8@ Cleveland Browns
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Washington Redskins
11vs Los Angeles Rams
12@ Detroit Lions
13@ Atlanta Falcons
14@ Carolina Panthers
15vs Cincinnati Bengals
16@ Green Bay Packers
17vs Chicago Bears