Justin Jefferson became Minnesota's No. 1 receiving threat and saw double-digit targets (13) for the third time this season. And he had his second multi-touchdown day, with seven catches for 70 yards and two scores.
Of course Thielen is out of the lineup and on the COVID list, but Jefferson is showing he can step in. The story said Jefferson's longest reception of the day was 18 yards, a departure from the deep shots off play-action that usually come his way. The added attention is something Jefferson has been anticipating for weeks, working to perfect different releases and footwork to keep defenses guessing. Recently, we had a story about how teams are beginning to treat Jefferson as the Vikings WR1. With Thielen out of the lineup, Jefferson is showing he can deal with that kind of role and attention from defenses.
During the past four games -- in which the Cardinals have gone 1-3 and nearly 0-4 were it not for a Hail Mary against the Bills -- teams have figured out how to defend the dynamic Kyler Murray using a combination of containment, blitzing and leaping defensive linemen. Coach Kliff Kingsbury has taken issue with the phrase "figuring out," and Murray says it's not an issue.
The story said teams are keying on Murray on almost all the run plays. According to the story, Murray has averaged 65.2 rushing yards during six Arizona victories. In losses, it's down to 51.8. He ran for 15 yards two weeks ago in a loss to the Seahawks, in which he injured his right throwing shoulder in the first quarter, and 31 against the Patriots.
Dobbins and Ingram's 10-day isolation period after positive COVID-19 tests will be over on Wednesday, Pelissero said. Baltimore will still be down a dozen players, including Jackson so it will be a tough task against the Steelers. Dobbins will eat into Edwards' fantasy workload but without Jackson at QB, it could be a heavy dose of the run game with all three Raven RBs.