Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson celebrates after catching a pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)

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Justin Jefferson is only in his third season, but he may already be the best wide receiver in football.

The Minnesota Vikings superstar had another huge game on Thursday night, catching nine passes for 139 yards and a score in his team’s 33-26 Thanksgiving win over the New England Patriots.


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Jefferson now has the most receiving yards in NFL history after three seasons, and he still has six more games to go this year.

NFL Research @NFLResearch

Justin Jefferson has passed Randy Moss & Odell Beckham Jr. for the most receiving yards through 3 seasons in NFL History

MIN Justin Jefferson 4,203 & counting
HOF Randy Moss 4,163
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Jefferson broke the record in his 44th career game. Moss’ record took place over the course of 48 games.

It’s fair to say NFL Twitter—and some very prominent NBA players, too—were in awe of his performance:

LeBron James @KingJames

@JJettas2 is RIDICULOUS out there man!!!

Donovan Mitchell @spidadmitchell

Justin Jefferson is outrageous ‼️

LeSean Shady Mccoy @CutonDime25

Dog Justin Jefferson is really like that

Dez Bryant @DezBryant


Mark Daniels @MarkDanielsPJ

Justin Jefferson is a cheat code.

Chad Graff @ChadGraff

Watching Justin Jefferson play football doesn’t get old.

Kayla Burton @Kay_Breezy22

This man Jefferson is a football MAGNET 😮‍💨

Pat Gallen @PatGallenCBS3

Howie Roseman is a great GM. I think he’s earned that.


Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

Watching Jefferson feels a little Terrell Owens in his prime (though they’re really different stylistically)—where it almost doesn’t matter how you cover them, they’re getting theirs.

Mike Golic Jr @mikegolicjr

the way Jefferson shields to ball at the last second on these contested catches is insane.

The win moved the Vikings to 9-2 and kept them within striking distance of the top overall seed in the NFC, the 9-1 Philadelphia Eagles. The Vikings have also all but clinched the NFC North, holding a five-game lead on the 4-7 Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions.

It’s been the play of Jefferson this season that has been a huge reason for that success.

Yes, Kirk Cousins had a strong performance on Thursday night—that’s right, a quality performance from Cousins in prime time—finishing 30-of-37 for 297 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, taking just one sack.

But when the Vikings need a huge play, it’s Jefferson they turn to, and the star wideout almost always delivers.

Minnesota will want a bit more offensive balance going forward—a tough New England defense held Dalvin Cook to just 42 rushing yards on 22 carries—but a win’s a win.

And, hey, if Jefferson keeps playing like this, why not feed him? At this point, there arguably isn’t anybody better at the craft.

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