Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson entered the Week 18 home game against the Chicago Bears with a golden opportunity to make history.
Jefferson scored an incredible 1,509 receiving yards in the Vikings’ first 16 games of the campaign. The former LSU star simply formed a solid chemistry with quarterback Kirk Cousins no matter what the situation on the pitch was. Overall, Jefferson needed just 124 receiving yards to break Randy Moss’ record (1,632 in 2003) for most such yards in a season in Vikings franchise history.
In the end, Jefferson only managed 17 receiving yards to finish first in this historic standings. The sophomore lead ended with five receptions for 107 receiving yards in the Vikings’ 31-17 win over the Bears.
In his post-match press conferenceCousins noted that he “wanted to get that record to Justin Jefferson,” but overall, all that matters to him is the final score.
“As a professional he understands winning comes first,” Cousins said.
As expected, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer shared those same feelings as well.
“I don’t care about records,” Zimmer said.
While Jefferson failed to achieve this feat, he made history in his second campaign with the Vikings. For one, he set the records for most receptions (196) and receiving yards (3,016) by a wide receiver in their first two seasons in the NFL.
While major changes may come in the next offseason for the Vikings, they can at least be assured that they have one of the most dynamic spreaders in the league.