modern NFL records.This week, we’re talking single-season receiving records.More Vikings coverageVikings coordinators: Defending Brees, Holton Hill’s role, a Minneapolis Miracle story and moreWATCH: The second annual Minnesota Sports AwardsVikings welcome Everson Griffen back to practiceVikings captain Griffen returns to team activitiesVikings Snap Counts: Rookie Marcus Sherels Color Rush Jersey Hill shines with Rhodes ailingThielen had 11 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown in Week 6, and now leads the league with 712 receiving yards on 58 catches.That’s a 16-game pace of 1,899 receiving yards and 154 receptions, enough to threaten the single-season yardage record and shatter the single-season receptions record.Calvin Johnson set the current single-season yardage record in 2012, racking up 1,964 receiving yards, while Marvin Harrison set the receptions record in 2002 with 143.And while those numbers seem out there — particularly for a guy coming off his first 1,000-yard season — some of the underlying metrics suggest that Thielen’s torrid pace could be sustainable.Thielen had another 15 targets Sunday, giving him a league-leading 81 on the season. He has no fewer than 10 targets in any game this season Brian O'Neill Jersey , and an overall catch rate of 71.6 percent.That catch rate is actually down from Thielen’s career high — an even 75 percent, back in 2016 — and more than 20 percentage points off the league lead.Most of those catches are coming without much additional yardage, a potential area of improvement.Thielen is currently averaging 12.3 yards per reception, slightly below his career average of 13.6, after averaging 14 yards per reception from 2016-17.He’s averaging just 4.2 yards after the catch per reception, well outside the top 30, and slightly off his 2017 rate of 5.0 YAC/R and his 2016 rate of 4.4 YAC/R.There is, it would seem, a bit of untapped potential left there.One potential wrinkle: His usage so far accounts for 44.27 percent of the Vikings‘ air yards this season, a measure that eliminates YAC.From a basic standout, Thielen is accounting for nearly half of the Vikings’ passing offense.That seems like an area where Thielen could be primed for regression — he currently ranks second in the league behind Julio Jones at 48.02 percent — but such a number isn’t unprecedented in this pass-happy era.Both Jones and A.J. Green finished 2017 above 45 percent, while DeAndre Hopkins Rashod Hill Jersey Black Friday , Antonio Brown and Michael Thomas finished north of 40 percent. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings hit their stride last year well before midseason, using an eight-game winning streak to build a 13-3 record for the second seed in the NFC.This year, the second half of the season is going to be much more difficult.The challenge starts with the schedule. The next five games include trips to Chicago, New England and Seattle, with two division-leading foes and one of the toughest venues to play in. Detroit and Green Bay are the home opponents during that stretch, bringing two dangerous quarterbacks to U.S. Bank Stadium.The Vikings are also 4-3-1, just behind the Bears in the NFC North and slightly ahead of the Packers, so they’ve squandered their margin for error.“I’m not disappointed,” coach Mike Zimmer said. “It is what it is. We have eight more games to go, and that will determine what we end up doing.”After losing 30-20 to New Orleans on Sunday night , the Vikings were mostly upset about the way they let the game slip away . They were in control late in the second quarter with a 13-10 lead, when Adam Thielen plunged forward for extra yardage and lost the ball at the 14-yard line. The Saints turned that fumble into a touchdown , making the potential cost of that rare mistake by Thielen a whopping 14 points.“It’s more frustrating because I think we had it going execution-wise and scheme-wise and all that,” Thielen said on Monday.“I think when it’s maybe a lack of concentration or just being too relaxed or what have you, that’s the frustrating part. Because you know how many times that you’ve done it a different way and the right way, and the one time you slip up it costs you maybe the game.”The other half of Minnesota’s dominant receiver duo, Stefon Diggs, was responsible for the other devastating turnover. Diggs stopped his drag route short before an under-pressure Kirk Cousins dumped the ball off to the spot where he expected Diggs to be had he kept running. The interception was returned for a score to give the Saints a 27-13 advantage.Thielen and Diggs were outspoken after the game about their acceptance of blame, but Zimmer wasn’t having it, and he said as much to the team.“Like I told them in the meeting today, the receivers need to stop saying that stuff because one person doesn’t lose a game. One person doesn’t win a game. We win around here as a team. We lose around here as a team,” Zimmer said.“Guys make mistakes, miscommunication, whatever you want to call it happens. I will never put any one of those one things on one player Laquon Treadwell Color Rush Jersey , ever.”Though the loss clearly hurt the Vikings in the conference and division standings, there were reasons for them to feel better about where they’re headed at the halfway mark. Thielen and Diggs don’t have a pattern of such gaffes, for one. They also played without six injured starters, and young subs such as right tackle Brian O’Neill, linebacker Eric Wilson and cornerback Holton Hill fared well in extended action.“I’m encouraged after this ballgame. I’m encouraged after the last four weeks,” Zimmer said. “If I was ticked off, I’d let them know. Trust me.”