Even at 0-2, Vikings Have Dazzling Newcomer.

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Foremost, the Minnesota Vikings weren’t supposed to lose at home versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Then, Minnesota was supposed to lose at the Philadelphia Eagles, and it had no problem effectuating that destiny thanks to four lost fumbles.

Even at 0-2, Vikings Have Dazzling Newcomer.

But even with the stink of a 0-2 start lurking and a desperation game against the Los Angeles Chargers nine days away, the Vikings have unearthed a dazzling newcomer — rookie wideout Jordan Addison.

Even at 0
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Addison is poetry in motion, accruing 133 receiving yards in his first two NFL games with 2 touchdowns and smooth flair to boot. He’s the mundificative to a winless start, and he’ll be a Viking through the end of 2027, barring something funky.

On Thursday night, Addison seized a 62-yard touchdown from the heavens and helped the Vikings claw back into a game rapidly descending into flummoxing mayhem.

Four days before the paydirt in Philadelphia, Addison pulled off a similar feat, nabbing this touchdown throw from Kirk Cousins and keeping the Vikings temporarily upright versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Here’s that highlight.

Addison has resembled an NFL WR2 more so than his counterpart, K.J. Osborn, in the first two weeks, and frankly, the comparison isn’t tight. Osborn was plagued by drops on Thursday night but did grab one wide-open touchdown.

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The USC alumnus has also joined rarefied company through two career NFL games. With his 133 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns through 2 career games, Addison became just the 20th WR in league history to accomplish such marks. These are the last four men to tally Addison-like numbers in their first two games:

  • Garrett Wilson
  • Ja’Marr Chase
  • Terry McLaurin
  • Marquise Brown
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Addison’s 2 touchdowns and other catches are significant because they indicate a jazzy long-term projection. Of course, the Vikings are no strangers to WR glory — ask Randy Moss, Cris Carter, Justin Jefferson, Anthony Carter, Stefon Diggs, John Gilliam, Sammy White, Adam Thielen, and Percy Harvin about it — but they’ve had swings and misses, too.

In the last two decades, Minnesota has drafted Troy Williamson and Laquon Treadwell in the 1st Rounds of drafts, only to learn that those players didn’t quite live up to expectations.

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Addison is on track, for now, to join the favorable tier of Vikings WR majesty.

Sportbooks paint Addison with +1000 odds to win Offensive Rookie of the Year, a change from +2200 two weeks ago.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Basset Hounds, and The Doors (the band).

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