The Vikings very sneakily love to go to Adam Thielen in the redzone.
It goes without saying, though I’m saying it anyways, that there needs to be a plan in motion everywhere Justin Jefferson is on the field, especially the redzone. They’ll line him up in the backfield and they’ll send him in motion in short-yardage situations near the goal line hoping to fool the defense and get someone caught between guys where Jefferson gets wide-open.
I don’t know ultimately what the Dolphin’s strategy will be for Jefferson. Will it be straight-up Xavien Howard following him around the world or will they put Howard on Thielen and bracket Jefferson with a corner and safety? I don’t know. We do know that every pass play, seemingly, goes to Jefferson so maybe have a firm game plan for him.
But Thielen in the redzone is a viable thing the Dolphins have to be aware of. He ranks10th in the NFL with eight redzone targets. Jefferson ranks second in the league with 12 targets.
But to me, Thielen is the perfect guy to forget about because of Justin Jefferson’s presence. Folks think Thielen is completely washed and he isn’t. He may not be what he once was but he’s still running very good, crisp routes, and in the redzone that makes him even better than he is.
I get that it will be a tall order to stop everything the Vikings do on offense, which I feel might be what I’m asking for with this article. But they need to stop them more often than not and if they get beat once forget about it. I think it will be that kind of game.
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