We told you so. The Stefon Diggs – Kirk Cousins connection is real and he is the receiver to target in this offense. During the Vikings dress rehearsal game against the Seahawks, Diggs was targeted a team-high eight times on Cousins’ 28 first half attempts. Cousins and Diggs made sweet music together throughout the preseason, connecting on 7-of-12 targets for 86 yards and a touchdown.
Although Adam Thielen grabbed four balls on six targets against the Seahawks, those four catches were his first of the season. Thielen could continue to be a very good PPR option, but it’s clear that Cousins prefers Diggs over Thielen when it comes to downfield throws, the red-zone and overall targets.
The most dazzling display of the Diggs-Cousins came on this unbelievable 26-yard back shoulder completion on the sideline. Diggs’ body control, ability to find the football and route running ability makes him one of the toughest covers in the league and that play was the greatest example of those elite attributes. For Cousins to have the trust in his receiver to even attempt this throw shows how much confidence he has in his receiver.
The only negative came at the end of the half when Diggs came across the middle and got leveled (cleanly) by the beastly KJ Wright. Luckily, Diggs shook off the cobwebs and should have no lasting affects.
Since day one, we have been higher on Diggs than Thielen, and it’s time for the rest of the sheep to catch up.