Minnesota Vikings: 3 Players that must shine vs. Packers in Week 16

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1. Stefon Diggs

Through the first 15 games of the season, Stefon Diggs has been the biggest target in the passing game for Minnesota while leading the team in receiving yards going into the Week 16 slate of games.

While pairing well with the dominant Vikings running game so far here in the 2019 campaign, Diggs has been the most reliable and most threatening wideout target for quarterback Kirk Cousins within the passing attack.

In all 14 games for Minnesota this season, Diggs has tallied 1,073 yards through the air with 60 receptions and five touchdowns. Diggs ranks eighth in the NFL in receiving yards, 37th in receptions and is tied for 35th in the league in touchdown catches.

One of the more important statistics when it comes to Diggs is the number of yards he has been able to tally per catch on average this year, averaging 17.9 yards per reception to this point in 2019. The wide receiver has been able to break out for numerous receptions down the field this season, providing the Vikings with a deep target to gain large chunk plays and steal some momentum.

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In order to go toe-for-toe with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers on Monday Night Football in Week 16, Diggs might have to step up and be that deep threat for Minnesota in order for the Vikings to steal that momentum early on at home and ultimately come away with yet another win at home in Minneapolis.