Vikings’ Justin Jefferson Reveals Concerning Update After Week 1 Loss

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The Minnesota Vikings didn’t have the Week 1 performance they were expecting. Hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, many expected them to pick up a win, but as we saw, things regularly don’t go according to plan in the NFL.

The Buccaneers picked up an upset victory over the Vikings, 20-17. It is a less-than-ideal way for Minnesota to get started, as they are now heading on the road to play against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday Night Football in Week 2.

This is an identical rematch to last season, as the Vikings went on the road in Week 2 to face the Eagles in 2022. They lost that game 24-7. The biggest difference was that Minnesota entered that game 1-0; entering 0-1 this time around, there is some tension going into the game according to star wide receiver Justin Jefferson.

Jefferson was excellent in Week 1 against Tampa Bay, hauling in nine receptions for 150 yards. However, only two of those catches came after halftime and the Vikings lost 10-7 following intermission.

Last season, Jefferson was slowed down by the Eagles, catching six passes for 48 yards. He matched up mostly with Darius Slay Jr., who recorded two interceptions in the game. Jefferson is looking for better results this time around.

“It’s always going to be a great battle with the top corners in the league,” Jefferson said, via Judd Zulgad of USAToday.com. “I’m always excited to have those type of matchups. But definitely we have some things we’ve got to get back [at] them on. Having the loss last year, not having those plays we wanted last year. There’s definitely some tension going into the game.”

While Jefferson will be doing battle with Slay again, the Vikings should be able to find exploitable matchups elsewhere. Cornerback James Bradberry and safety Reed Blankenship are both going to be out Thursday night, opening up opportunities for Kirk Cousins to target backups defending Jordan Addison and T.J. Hockenson.

Minnesota has to do everything it can to find success against Philadelphia. Falling to 0-2 on the season, and losing two tiebreakers, is something they have to avoid at all costs.