Justin Jefferson Shares Thoughts on the Vikings QB Situation

Dec 16, 2023; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) runs with the ball against Cincinnati Bengals safety Jordan Battle (27) in the first half at Paycor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings made franchise history this weekend when they started their fourth different QB of the season.

Nick Mullens led the Vikings offense on Saturday, but Minnesota fell to the Cincinnati Bengals in overtime by a score of 27-24. Following the game, Justin Jefferson shared a few thoughts on Minnesota’s QB situation as the Vikings prepare for Week 16 against the Detroit Lions.

Justin Jefferson Shares Thoughts on the Vikings QB Situation

Justin Jefferson
Dec 10, 2023; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) warms up before a game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

“Nick did a fantastic job today. Especially with the week of preparation, him being the starting quarterback. And I feel like he came out today with confidence. And I feel like we were all together, and he leaned on each one of us to help him throughout the game. So he did a fantastic job,” Jefferson told reporters after the loss.

The star wide receiver played through an entire game for the first time since Minnesota’s Week 4 win against the Carolina Panthers, and he finished his afternoon with seven receptions that went for 84 yards.

Mullens did have a couple ugly interceptions in the first half. Both of these interceptions came on Cincinnati’s side of the field as well, including a goal-line interception that was thrown to Mike Hilton.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Nick Mullens (12) throws under pressure fro Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard (94) in the first quarter of a Week 15 NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Cincinnati Bengals, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023, at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati.

However, there were certainly some positives from Mullens’ performance. The QB completed 26 of his 33 passes for 303 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He managed to convert a couple big third downs to keep drives alive and got Minnesota’s star pass catchers involved.

“Nick coming in and making some big tremendous plays for us, was able to communicate good, and everybody was on the same page. We just need to fix those few minor errors that we have. I feel like we played pretty good, though,” Jefferson concluded on Mullens’ and the Vikings’ overall performance.

Luckily, this loss doesn’t change much in terms of the Vikings playoff propositions. Their path to an NFC North title remains simple: win their final three games, Detroit needs to lose in Week 17, and the division belongs to Minnesota for the second consecutive season.

Oct 8, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

That three-week mission begins on Sunday when Minnesota plays host to the Detroit Lions in Week 16. Then, they have a rematch against the Green Bay Packers in Week 17 before travelling to Detroit and taking on the Lions one more time at Ford Field.

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho and managing editor of PurplePTSD.com. When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys running, gaming, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. Check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.