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Cooper Kupp shares cool post with Vikings receivers

Cooper Kupp in pads

Cooper Kupp shared a cool post on Twitter Sunday after his team’s win over the Minnesota Vikings.

Kupp’s Los Angeles Rams beat the Vikings 30-23 in Week 16. Kupp had 10 catches for 109 yards in the win. For the Vikings, Justin Jefferson had 8 catches for 116 yards, while Adam Thielen added 3 catches for 40 yards.

Following the game, Kupp shared photos of him with Jefferson and Thielen. His caption was simple: “artists.”

That caption is a very cool and shows how Kupp views what he, Jefferson and Thielen do. They’re more than just receivers. They’re more than just players. They are artists who work hard to perfect their crafts. And few are doing it better than them.

Kupp and Jefferson entered Sunday first and third in the league in receiving yards this season. Kupp also leads in receptions and touchdowns. Thielen entered with 10 touchdown catches on the season and also has had a pair of 1,000-yard seasons in the past.

The three men are among the best in the NFL at what they do, and Kupp seems to recognize that.

Photo: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Video: Adam Thielen has great reaction to end of Vikings game

Adam Thielen

It turns out that when professional athletes are unable to play and have to watch their team at home on television, they react the same way a lot of us do.

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen remained on the COVID/Reserve list Sunday after testing positive for the virus earlier in the week. That meant Thielen had to watch Sunday’s game against Carolina at home in quarantine.

Fortunately, Thielen’s wife was taking video of Thielen late in the game. His reactions late in the game were fantastic, especially when wide receiver Chad Beebe caught the game-winning touchdown with 46 seconds remaining.

Maybe Thielen’s monologue during games is similar. It could be what got him told off by this coach once.

Adam Thielen pays tribute to Alex Trebek with custom cleats

Alex Trebek

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen is planning a cool tribute to “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek for Monday night.

Mache, who does custom artwork for many NFL players’ cleats, posted an image of Thielen’s footwear on social media. The shoes feature Trebek’s face, a message from Thielen, and even replaces the “Adidas” name with “Trebek.” Thielen will wear the shoes prior to the game during warmups.

Trebek was an American TV icon who hosted “Jeopardy!” since 1984. He died Sunday after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

We’re guessing that, like many of us, Thielen enjoyed watching Trebek roast contestants when their sports knowledge was lacking, like he did here.

Adam Thielen reportedly needed stitches for ‘bad cut’ on his ankle

Adam Thielen

Adam Thielen popped up on the injury report this week after hurting his ankle in practice, and he is not a lock to play against the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday. The good news, however, is that the star wide receiver is not dealing with a ligament issue.

Thielen suffered a bad cut on his ankle during practice on Wednesday that required stitches, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. While the initial prognosis was positive, the Minnesota Vikings are still gathering information to see if Thielen will be able to play. Thielen said on “Good Morning Football” that he will do whatever it takes to get on the field.

Thielen missed several games this season due to a nagging hamstring injury, and we saw how important he is to Minnesota’s offense during their overtime win over the New Orleans Saints in the Wild Card round last weekend. He caught seven passes for 129 yards, including a 43-yard reception in OT that helped set up the game-winning touchdown.

The 49ers have one of the best defenses in football, so the Vikings will likely need all of their playmakers if they want to pull off another upset. Unless doctors tell him he can’t play, expect Thielen to suit up.

Adam Thielen expected to return for Vikings in Week 15

Adam Thielen

After a troublesome hamstring injury cost him the last four games, Adam Thielen appears ready to return for the Minnesota Vikings this weekend.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday that Thielen will play against the Los Angeles Chargers unless there is some sort of setback in practice.

Thielen has not played since Nov. 3, but the injury had been lingering before that, and he hasn’t played in a game with double-digit snaps since Oct. 13. The fact that the Vikings have managed to win without him is a testament to good depth and gameplanning, but they’ve definitely missed him and will be pleased to welcome him back.

Thielen has six touchdown catches this season, all of which came in the first seven games of the year. That, coming on the heels of nine last year, certify his status as Kirk Cousins’ favorite red zone target.

WR Adam Thielen gets $64 million contract extension from Vikings

Adam Thielen

Adam Thielen has been one of the most productive wide receivers in the NFL the past few years and is being compensated accordingly.

Thielen and the Minnesota Vikings have agreed to a four year contract extension, according to his agency. They say the deal pays him $16 million per year on average and can be worth as much as $73 million.

The undrafted receiver has been a star the last two seasons. In 2017, he had 91 catches for 1,276 yards and four touchdowns. Last season he had 113 catches for 1,373 yards and nine touchdowns. The Vikings should now have him under contract during his prime seasons.

Watch: Kirk Cousins, Adam Thielen have words on sideline

Kirk Cousins Adam Thielen

Kirk Cousins and Adam Thielen shared a moment of frustration on the sideline during Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears.

The Minnesota Vikings settled for a field goal for their first points of the game in the final minute before the half. Cousins missed a receiver out of the backfield on 2nd-and-5. The on third down, he released the ball early before Thielen had made his cut for a route towards the corner of the end zone. The ball fell incomplete by several yards, and Minnesota ended up kicking on fourth down.

As they went to the sideline, Thielen appeared to show frustration with Cousins, possibly for throwing the ball too early in the route.

Cousins could be seen saying in response that he doesn’t have 10 seconds to sit back and wait. The two then seemed to talk about a route modification where Thielen would get where Cousins needs him to be much quicker.

Such is life when you’re facing the pressure from the Bears’ vaunted defense.

Cousins was only 9/14 for 44 yards, while Thielen had just 1 catch for 9 yards in the first half. The performance only supported Cam Jordan’s criticism of the QB.

Watch: Bill Belichick tells Adam Thielen to shut the f— up

Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick was seen cursing at Adam Thielen during Sunday’s game between the New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings.

The Vikings had a 4th-and-1 at their 38 down 24-10 in the fourth quarter and went for it. They handed the ball off to Latavius Murray, who appeared to be stopped short of the first down marker. The call on the field was that he got a first down, so Belichick decided to challenge.

At the same time, Patriots safety Patrick Chung was down on the field with injury, and Thielen seemed to be complaining about Chung being down, preventing the Vikings from snapping the ball to keep the Patriots from challenging.

That’s why Belichick told Thielen to “shut the f— up.”

The call on the field was upheld, so Belichick ended up losing his challenge. The Vikings still ended up turning the ball over on downs to end the possession anyhow and lost 24-10.

10 biggest surprises midway through the NFL season

Jon Gruden

The 2018 NFL regular season has now officially hit the midway point, and it’s been a very adventurous ride through the first eight weeks, with things getting even uglier for a struggling Raiders team. Here’s a look at the NFL’s 10 biggest mid-season surprises.

10. Giants’ offense is still pure comedy

With a new general manager, new head coach, new offensive coordinator, revamped offensive line and the addition of rookie running back Saquon Barkley, many expected the Giants to feature one of the league’s best offenses a year removed from being on of the worst. Instead, things have remarkably gone the other way with the Giants consistently struggling despite a roster of big names. Through eight games, they average just 18.8 points per game and just 7.2 points in the first half. They are converting just 35% of their third-down attempts and have a success rate of just 40% in the red zone. It all amounts to a team 28th in the league in points scored this season.

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15 biggest disappointments of NFL Week 8

Jameis Winston

Week 8 marks the halfway point of the season for many NFL teams, and we’re very close to moving into the second half and the subsequent playoff run. That means that things are starting to get real in many of the divisional races, and teams are going to have to start considering the implications of each win and loss even more than they were before.

Several other teams find themselves at a crossroads. There are quarterback decisions to be made and maybe even some coaches whose seats are getting progressively hotter. The scrutiny is getting more intense every week, and Week 8 was no exception.

Here are 15 of the biggest disappointments from the week’s NFL action.

Jameis Winston, QB, Buccaneers

It’s looking like the Buccaneers are clearly nearing the end of the line with Winston, who may have finally exhausted their patience on Sunday. He threw four interceptions, including a pick-six, none of which were the result of bad luck. He was careless and reckless with the ball and was rightly benched in favor of Ryan Fitzpatrick, who nearly led them to a comeback. It remains to be seen whether he sticks as the starter, but the odds seem to be long.

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