The Minnesota Vikings picked up an impressive victory in Week 1 to get their season off on the right foot. They defeated their NFC North rivals in the Green Bay Packers 23-7, setting the tone for the coming weeks of the season.
It was an impressive performance by the team’s defense holding Aaron Rodgers to only seven points as he has torched them throughout his career. Minnesota took full advantage of the Packers being short-handed on offense and made the most of their opportunity.
Offensively, the Vikings also rolled with Justin Jefferson once again leading the way. Jefferson has cemented himself as one of the best wide receivers in the NFL in his first two seasons in the league and he showcased exactly what in Week 1.
Jefferson was dominant, catching nine passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns. The Packers’ defensive scheme against him was questionable at times and he took full advantage, being left wide open on more than one occasion.
The 184 yards were the most in the NFL on Sunday and thus far in Week 1 with the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks matchup being the last one left in the opening week. While the raw stats are impressive, PFF took it even further to show just how dominant he was.
Jefferson finished with the highest receiving grade in the NFL among wide receivers with a 91.3. Kirk Cousins found him early and often, leading the Vikings to an impressive victory.
A.J. Brown, who was making his Philadelphia Eagles debut, also had a big game with 10 receptions for 155 yards and finished second in wide receiver grades. Rounding out the top five were Davante Adams of the Las Vegas Raiders and Mike Evans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a grade of 87.7 and Cooper Kupp of the Los Angeles Rams with an 84.1.
Jefferson and Brown will actually be facing off next week as the Vikings will be heading to the City of Brotherly Love to play on Monday Night Football. The 1-0 Eagles and 1-0 Vikings will be facing off in what is one of the best matchups of Week 2.