Justin Jefferson Gets Brutally Honest After Vikings Wasted His Career Performance in Loss to Lions: ‘It’s Pointless’

It finally happened. After 13 weeks, the Detroit Lions won for the first time, and it came at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon. It wasn’t pretty, but a late Jared Goff touchdown pass sealed the deal and sent Minnesota into the depths of football frustration.

Unfortunately, the Vikings’ loss overshadowed a massive performance from wide receiver Justin Jefferson, and the former LSU star was not happy about how things went down.

The Vikings disappointed once again, and the Lions shocked everybody in another wild NFL Sunday

Surprisingly, the Lions held firm for most of the game. The Vikings entered without Dalvin Cook and then lost Adam Thielen in the first half.

In turn, Dan Campbell’s winless group took a 20-6 lead into the half and was on the verge of finally tasting victory. That is until things started to unravel a little bit. Minnesota responded by scoring nine in the third quarter and then another two touchdowns in the fourth quarter thanks to a Detroit blemish.

The Lions shockingly went for it on 4th-and-1 and Goff fumbled, giving the Vikings perfect position.

It looked good for the Vikings after they posted a go-ahead score, but the Lions escaped thanks to a beautiful drive to end the game.

Justin Jefferson put up massive numbers, but it didn’t matter one bit to him

Jefferson went to work against the poor secondary of Detroit. After Thielen left the game, it became Jefferson time even more.

He was borderline unstoppable, and he caught the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

Nonetheless, Jefferson opened up after the loss and didn’t care about the performance (h/t Chad Graff of The Athletic).

“If we don’t come out with the W, then it’s pointless.”

Justin Jefferson after loss to Lions

Well, that is true.

Despite a massive showing from Jefferson, the Vikings couldn’t beat the previously winless Lions. It doesn’t look good in Vikings country, and perhaps Mike Zimmer’s welcome in Minnesota is approaching its end.

As dominant as Jefferson was, the rest of the Vikings offense wasn’t. Alexander Mattison filled in nicely for Cook once again, rushing for 90 yards and a score on 22 carries. But none of the other pass-catchers topped more than 56 yards in a frustrating performance.

Now, the Vikings drop to 5-7 and keep sliding out of the NFC wild-card race.

The Lions are rejoicing, but Minnesota is in serious trouble after another frustrating performance

Vikings WR Justin Jefferson.
Justin Jefferson of the Minnesota Vikings | Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

To the surprise of many, Kirk Cousins has played well for most of the season. Jefferson and Thielen have been rock solid, and Cook and Mattison are getting it done on the ground.

However, the Vikings’ woes have been borderline unreal this season.

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Heartbreak city indeed in Minnesota.

Now, the Vikings’ slim playoff hopes have gotten even slimmer after losing the Lions.

Minnesota faces the Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears (twice), Los Angeles Rams, and Green Bay Packers to round out the season. Given the absurdity of the NFC and the NFL as a whole, a few wins could keep Minnesota alive in the playoff hunt, although this loss to Detroit isn’t encouraging.

Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.