The Minnesota Vikings reached last place in the playoffs last week with a relentless victory over the Chicago Bears on Monday night, 17-9. Wednesday they have good news with the return of the Pro Bowl wide receiver to training.
Adam Thielen (ankle), Kirk Cousins ââ(ribs) listed as limited in Viking practice estimate https://t.co/nrGqqw83iB pic.twitter.com/jd7mlz5sil
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Thielen only returned in a limited capacity, but the fact that he’s there is a good sign. He almost adapted for the game against the Bears. Before the game, he tested his ankle but was ultimately not deemed healthy enough to play. It was the second game in a row Thielen missed with an ankle injury.
In his absence, the Vikings’ passing game struggled. Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins ââthrew for 87 yards, the season low, Monday. Vikings wide receiver KJ Osborn struggled to clear space on the scrimmage line and couldn’t open below. This is something Thielen has become one of the best receivers in the world to do.
Despite the poor offensive performance, the Vikings’ defense came out in victory. They sacked Bears quarterback Justin Fields three times and forced three fumbles in the victory.
Minnesota will likely need Thielen this week against the Los Angeles Rams. Escape catcher Justin Jefferson will see plenty of Jalen Ramsey in the cover, opening things up underneath for Thielen.
It’s a huge game for Minnesota. They are 7-7 and tied for last wild card spot in the NFC. After the tough test with the Rams, the Vikings ended the season with division rivals, Packers and Bears. Green Bay will almost certainly be looking to clinch the No.1 seed in Week 17, so this is a must win for Minnesota.