MINNEAPOLIS — Justin Jefferson has now had arguably the perfect season for a receiver in group historical past. Greg Joseph has the franchise’s longest subject purpose. And the group itself has carried out higher in shut video games than some other in NFL historical past.
These have been the historic takeaways of yet one more thriller involving the 2022 Minnesota Vikings in what was a 27-24 victory over the New York Giants at U.S Financial institution Stadium on Saturday. By the point it was over:
• Jefferson had surpassed Randy Moss’ group report of 1,632 receiving yards. Jefferson additionally broke Cris Carter’s report of 122 catches in a season, having totaled 123. With two video games remaining, Jefferson is now 209 yards away from breaking Calvin Johnson’s NFL report of 1,964 receiving yards in a season.
• Joseph had drilled a 61-yard subject purpose to win it with no time left, beating the earlier group report by 5 yards.
• The Vikings had turn out to be the primary NFL group to have 11 one-possession victories in a season. Saturday’s sport was the sixth the Vikings have received this season with a rating within the remaining minute of the fourth quarter or in additional time, additionally an NFL report, in line with the Elias Sports activities Bureau.
“As much as I don’t like it,” Jefferson stated, “it’s normal at this point. It’s just us going out there and just making plays and doing what we need to do to get the victory.”
Certainly, the Vikings would favor to win video games in much less traumatic style. But when nothing else, their high-wire act is now memorialized in NFL historical past. Though they’re tied for the NFL’s second-best report at 12-3, the Vikings have not received a sport by multiple rating since Week 1. It has been a exceptional turnaround from final season, when the identical core of gamers misplaced eight video games by one rating.
First-year head coach Kevin O’Connell targeted on situational soccer beginning with the primary day of coaching camp, however even he admitted Saturday he by no means thought that emphasis would play a job in so many victories throughout his first season as an NFL coach.
“Our guys have the ability to play with a quieted mind,” O’Connell stated, “and just understand the situation of pitch and catch … and have maybe the best execution all day in those [key] moments, and that’s a theme for our team. Now what we’ve got to do is find a way to create that kind of urgency and execution level throughout four quarters and we’re going to see something really special with this team.”
“I got to be out in front making sure that I push our team to understand 12 wins is great,” he added. “We’ve earned each and every one of those wins, sometimes right down to the very end. Most times right down to the very end. We’re still building something here that every moment we get to prepare [and] grow as a team, those things matter, and we’ve got to take advantage of them.”
Jefferson broke Moss’ report on his second catch on Saturday, a 25-yard reception from quarterback Kirk Cousins within the first quarter. Jefferson completed the sport with 133 yards on 12 receptions and a landing that gave the Vikings a 24-16 lead with 3 minutes remaining. He now has 1,756 yards receiving yards. Though he has the benefit of a 17-game season, Jefferson broke Moss’ report in 15 video games; it took Moss 16 video games to get to 1,632 in 2003.
“It’s an honor to break [Moss’] records and be in the conversation with him,” Jefferson stated. “But he has the golden [Pro Football Hall of Fame] jacket. That’s what I want at the end of my career, and so I’m still chasing him, for sure.”
In the meantime, Joseph had been working towards this second all season. His 56-yard subject purpose in a Week 1 victory over the Inexperienced Bay Packers tied the group report, however he later went by a tough patch wherein he missed 5 consecutive kicks from 50 yards and farther. He additionally missed 5 additional factors in a span of six video games, however he has transformed 12 straight after making a sequence of technical changes. Joseph hasn’t missed a subject purpose since Week 8, having transformed 13 consecutive makes an attempt.
“I’ve had trust and confidence in myself,” he stated. “And I appreciate the trust and confidence that coach has to put me out there.”