Justin Jefferson Sets a New Vikings Receiving Record in the First Half

Dec 6, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) carries the ball during the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Well, the first half of Kevin O’Connell’s head coaching tenure went about as well as anyone could have hoped for. The Minnesota Vikings went into halftime with a 17-0 lead over the Green Bay Packers, and while the defense has been impressive, including a goal line stand, it’s the offense that has everyone chattering. In the first half of the 2022 regular season, Justin Jefferson set a new team record for receiving yards in a first half, with 158.

Jefferson produced these yards on six catches. He also tacked on two touchdowns, and he was a toe-drag away from adding a third. Two of his catches went for over 35 yards, and we head into the second half with the franchise record for most receiving yards in a game, Sammy White’s mark of 214 set in 1976, on watch.

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