The Minnesota Vikings are getting their season started against the Atlanta Falcons at home. Minnesota found the end zone on its first drive with Adam Thielen getting free for a 23-yard touchdown.

Adam Thielen catching touchdowns has become a familiar sight for Vikings fans; the sixth-year receiver caught nine of them in 2018. This time, the veteran receiver worked his way from the right side of the field to get himself within view of Kirk Cousins.

While under pressure, Cousins delivered a strike to Thielen and let his receiver do the rest. The top pass-catcher in Minnesota caught the ball and shook off multiple defenders to hit pay dirt. These plays are exactly what Mike Zimmer wants to see from his offense.

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Last season, Zimmer’s squad failed to reach the playoffs with an 8-7-1 record in the NFC North. The Vikings are entering their second season with Cousins in his three-year, $84 million contract. There is a ton of pressure for Minnesota to perform in marquee games; a win Sunday would provide some optimism.

One way for Cousins to succeed in his second year in Minnesota is to get the ball to Thielen and Stefon Diggs. The Vikings’ receiver corps has displayed its dominance in the past few seasons; this season shouldn’t be any different.

Touchdown passes from Cousins to Thielen should be a common theme for Minnesota as the Vikings attempt to make the playoffs.