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Adam Thielen has only one target late in fourth quarter of Week 5 vs. Lions

Vikings WR hasn’t been looked at by QB Kirk Cousins in the first half of Week 5 vs. Detroit.

Adam Thielen #19 of the Minnesota Vikings lines up for a play in the second quarter of the game against the Cleveland Browns at U.S. Bank Stadium on October 3, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen hasn’t received a target so far in Week 5 vs. the Detroit Lions. It’s been a defensive struggle early on in the contest with the score 13-3 as we approach halftime. Thielen hasn’t been looked his way at all by QB Kirk Cousins, who has targeted Justin Jefferson 6 times for 5 catches and over 100 yards.

Thielen entered Week 5 as a decent WR2 option against a weak Lions secondary. The issue is the Vikings’ offense is without RB Dalvin Cook, which makes them a bit one-dimensional. It’s also looking like Jefferson is Cousins’ preferred option in the passing game early on and it could be one of those big-time games for the second-year wideout. We’ll see if Thielen can get involved in the second half, though it may be tough in Minnesota extends the lead early in the third quarter.

Third quarter update: Thielen remains shut out early in the third quarter after nothing on the team’s first two drives. Cousins is 14 of 18 for 155 yards and a score. It’s the Justin Jefferson show in this game.

Fourth quarter update: Thielen was finally targeted but has nothing to show for his lone target with less than ten minutes left in the fourth quarter. Minnesota is winning a white-knuckler against Detroit and might lean more on the ground game to close this out.

Late fourth quarter update: We’ve reached the two-minute warning and Thielen still only has the lone target.

Final update: Thielen made his first catch of the game on the team’s final desperation drive. He picked up 21 yards on the reception.