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Thielen Off To Historic Start Through First Five Weeks

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The Minnesota Vikings avenged last season’s NFC Championship loss to Philadelphia with a 23-21 win on Sunday. 

Adam Thielen had seven catches for 116 yards and a touchdown in the win as Sunday was once again, the Thielen show.

Through the first five weeks of the NFL season, Adam Thielen is one of the league’s top wide receivers. 

“He’s always talking about how he can get better, you know, he comes up to me during the week and said, ‘You know I’m doing this, I just need to run or I need to do this,’ and I said, ‘Well, I’ll remind you,’ and you know even the long one he caught he said, ‘Man, I’m faster than that I should’ve scored on that one,’ you know but that’s the kind of guy he is,” Vikings’ head coach Mike Zimmer said.

On Sunday, Thielen became the first player in the Super Bowl era to have at least 100 receiving yards in the first five games of the season. 

“A lot of those stats, I mean, it’s a whole offense. I know that’s clichĂ© to say but, man, we’ve got so many playmakers, we have so many guys that Kirk (Cousins) can find and get the ball to that really it just is you’ve got to keep it simple and play football and let everything else kind of play itself out,” Thielen said. 

Thielen leads the league with 47 catches and is second with 589 receiving yards. 

“As long as Coach Flip (offensive coordinator, John DeFlippo)  keeps, you know, giving us opportunities and the coverage dictates that I go to Adam, he’s going to get the football and I think our offense is at it’s best when 14 and 19 are touching the ball and being able to make explosive plays for us,” Vikings’ quarterback Kirk Cousins said. 

Those closest to the Minnesota native aren’t surprised by the success he’s having for his hometown team.

“He’s a really nice guy. He really fits the whole Minnesota nice vibe. I mean he’s a great spokesperson for this state and yet he is a competitor. He loves to compete,” Cousins said. 

“We’re going to keep working, keep getting better and that’s what we like,” Thielen said. 

The Vikings host Arizona on Sunday. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. inside U.S. Bank Stadium.

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