Through four games this season, two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Adam Thielen has 13 receptions for 179 yards and two touchdowns.
Over the same period last season, the 29-year-old had 40 receptions for for 473 yards and two touchdowns.
When you add in Sunday’s 16-6 loss to the Bears that dropped the Vikings to the basement of the NFC North and $84 million quarterback Kirk Cousins seemingly legitimately scared to throw the ball more than 6 yards, Thielen’s blood pressure’s gotta be at an all-time high.
After the loss, Thielen threw out some thinly-veiled jabs at Cousins, whose leash is shortening in Minnesota after taking over a 13-3 Vikings team and leading them to an underachieving 8-7-1 record a season ago.
“At some point, you’re not going to be able to run the ball for 180 yards, even with the best running back in the NFL,” Thielen told reporters, per The Athletic. “That’s when you have to be able to throw the ball. … You have to be able to hit the deep balls.”
Thielen is 1000% right. Cousins is beginning to define himself by shitting the bed against good teams. With Sunday’s loss, Cousins falls to 4-27 in the NFL against teams with winning records.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about the internet over the years, it’s that it will never miss an opportunity to relish in someone’s misery.
Next week, Cousins and the Vikings will take on a bad New York Giants defense, which ranks 23rd in the league. It’s put up or shut up time.