K.J. Osborn’s game-winner vs. Lions was same play as 2021 strike vs. Panthers
The Minnesota Vikings beat the Detroit Lions 28-24 in Week 3 on a beautiful corner route to wide receiver K.J. Osborn.
After the team played an absolute clunker of a game, seeing them pull it out in the end was nice for a fan base that had seen the Vikings on the losing side of such outcomes far too often.
The touchdown pass to Osborn looked familiar, and it should. He explained after the game that it was the same play as his game-winner over the Carolina Panthers last year.
He explained to Pro Football Talk via a phone call after the game that he was the first option on the play and when he saw that he was wide-open, he did the Randy Moss “throw your hand up” gesture and Cousins delivered a perfect ball.
The passing concept being eerily similar is not a surprise, as the Gary Kubiak and Sean McVay versions of the zone running offense use a lot of the same principles.