The Vikings lured John DeFilippo away from the Eagles to replace Pat Shurmur as offensive coordinator, then signed Cousins to replace Case Keenum/Sam Bradford/Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback. The team also lost RB Jerick McKinnon and added WR Kendall Wright, but retained four of five starters on the offensive line as well as its top three pass-catchers from 2017 (Diggs, Thielen, Kyle Rudolph). Diggs is hoping for a true breakout in the final year of his rookie contract, after turning in three seasons that were productive but unspectacular, marked by fast starts followed by mid-season swoons. He did at least bounce back from his slump in 2017, scoring a touchdown in each game Weeks 15-17, then catching 14 of 22 targets for 207 yards and a touchdown in two playoff contests. The 24-year-old wideout figures to get a few more deep shots with Cousins under center.
Diggs caught six of 10 targets for 137 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 29-24 NFC divisional-round victory over the Saints.
Even though the Vikings offense got off to a hot start and ultimately scored the first 17 points of the game, Diggs didn't contribute much early on and had just two receptions for 28 yards at halftime. However, the Maryland product came up clutch on several occasions in the second half, and no reception was bigger than his last. With Minnesota down by one point and just 10 seconds remaining in regulation, Diggs hauled in a long bomb at the New Orleans' 30-yard line and, thanks to whiffed tackle by Saints safety Marcus Williams, was able to scamper his way to the house for the game-winning touchdown. The Vikings will now advance to next weekend's NFC championship game against an Eagles team that allowed just 6.5 yards per pass attempt during the regular season, which was the third-lowest mark in the league.
Diggs had six receptions for 65 yards on six targets, including a 15-yard touchdown, in Sunday's win over Chicago.
Diggs finished the regular season on a roll with touchdowns in each of his last three games. He finishes the regular season with 64 receptions for 849 yards and eight touchdowns. He had fewer receptions and yards then last season, but more touchdowns (three in 2016). He'll try to keep his touchdown streak going in the playoffs after a bye week.
Diggs corralled five of eight passes for 60 yards and one touchdown during Saturday's 16-0 win at Green Bay.
As the Vikings inch ever closer to a first-round bye in the playoffs, Diggs himself was the beneficiary of a game plan that mostly turned vanilla after his four-yard touchdown grab with 56 seconds left in the first quarter. By game's end, Case Keenum had 25 pass attempts next to his name versus 33 carries collectively from the team, one of which Diggs took for three yards. If the Panthers lose or tie Sunday and the Eagles win Monday, the Vikings will be locked into the No. 2 seed in the NFC, a reality that likely would result in top-line players on both sides of the ball taking off Week 17.
Diggs caught five of six targets for 30 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-7 win over the Bengals.
Diggs did most of his work near the line of scrimmage, with the exception of a 20-yard touchdown in the second quarter. That trip to the end zone was only his second since Week 3, as Diggs has clearly been eclipsed by Adam Thielen on the wide receiver depth chart. The third-year man out of Maryland has beefed up his PPR value over the past two weeks, though, snagging 11 throws in that span.
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