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Vikings’ Justin Jefferson Turns in Career-Best Performance



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Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson is shocked at the amount of open looks received during his career-best performance against the Green Bay Packers in a season opening win for the Vikings.

Jefferson had nine receptions for a career-best 184 yards and two touchdown as Minnesota dismantled their NFC North division rival 23-7 at home, which was their first game in new head coach Kevin O’Connell’s offensive scheme.

“I was thinking somebody was about to come from behind and tackle me,” Jefferson said, according to ESPN’s Kevin Seifert. “I thought [Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander] had run with me. But he wasn’t there. It kind of shook me up a little bit, but I’m glad I got into the end zone.”

Jefferson was moved all over the field during the game, taking 41 snaps on the outside, 12 in the slot, two in the backfield and one as a tight end

“I definitely like the motioning,” Jefferson said, “and just seeing the whole field. I’m pretty sure I’m going to do it a lot more.”

Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media. He is a former Contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post where he covered sports, social media, and SEO. Anthony formerly hosted the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast'.