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NFL: Stefon Diggs trade paid off for Bills and Vikings

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ORCHARD PARK, NY — Justin Jefferson reportedly got Stefon Diggs’ attention even though the Bills’ wide end wasn’t tied to his presence with the Vikings.

“It would be hard not to notice it,” Diggs said. When you’re one of the top receivers in this league, you know what other guys are doing too. »

The Bills (6-2) will host the Vikings (7-1) on Sunday, in a showdown of section leaders.

By sending Diggs to Buffalo in March 2020, the Vikings got the 22nd draft pick that year. They set their sights on Jefferson.

Diggs and quarterback Josh Allen became one of the NFL’s most productive duos, while Jefferson carved out a starring role for himself with the Vikings.

Led by rookie coach Kevin O’Connell, Minnesota seems to have found the right combination of offense and defense after two years without the playoffs.

The Vikings leader with 867 receiving yards, Jefferson is second in the league in that regard, 10 yards ahead of Diggs.

“I really like the way Stefon plays,” Jefferson said. He wants to help his club by making big plays. I got to know him well. He’s a really good guy and I wish him the best. »

Allen is out in the right elbow and his status is uncertain heading into Sunday. The backup would be Case Keenum, who went 11-3 with Minnesota in 2017.

Some question the validity of the Vikings’ performance, given that only one of their victories has come against a club with a current winning record.

The transaction involving Diggs is unanimous, however.

“He wanted a fresh start and what he’s done since suggests he was right,” Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins ​​said.

“It was a big loss which was softened by seeing what Justin was able to bring to us. »

Diggs said there’s no bitterness about his departure from Minnesota.

“I had a really good time there. It didn’t work, that’s all, he argued. My feeling is that it was part of the plan for me, the plan that God had for me. I became more mature and very good things happened to me. »

The Vikings have a tendency for late snatches, with four occasions when they took the lead with 2:30 or less remaining on the clock.

This was the case in their last game. They erased a 10-point deficit and took the lead for good with 12 seconds to go, thanks to a 28-yard field goal from Greg Joseph.

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