Vikings’ Adam Thielen doesn’t want OT changed: ‘Get a stop on defense’

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Potential rule changes are all the rage this NFL offseason — hell, every NFL offseason. And this year, the possible change getting the most hype involves the overtime rules. Many people would like to see both teams possess the ball in overtime.

Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen, however, is not one of them. Thielen believes that if you want the ball, go get it.

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Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) catches a 20-yard touchdown pass ahead of Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Micah Parsons (11) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, in Minneapolis.

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) catches a 20-yard touchdown pass ahead of Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Micah Parsons (11) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, in Minneapolis.
(AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

“If you just get a stop on defense, both teams get a possession,” Thielen said via tweet.

Minnesota’s 31-year-old receiver made the comment in response to the Indianapolis Colts’ proposal to the league that would guarantee each team a possession in the overtime period.

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) catches a 2-yard touchdown pass ahead of Dallas Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown (30) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Minneapolis.

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) catches a 2-yard touchdown pass ahead of Dallas Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown (30) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Minneapolis.
(AP Photo/Jim Mone)

For those living under a rock, in South Beach or LA, or just too drunk by the time overtime kicks off, the current rules call for the game to end if the team which possesses the ball first in overtime scores a touchdown. In other words, unless the defense prevents an opening drive touchdown, their offense is not seeing the ball and they’re going home with an L.

Thielen would prefer to take care of business, whether offensively or defensively, and let the team who does their job best walk away the winner.

Adam Thielen #19 of the Minnesota Vikings gives a thumbs up as he warms up before the game against the Los Angeles Rams at U.S. Bank Stadium on December 26, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Adam Thielen #19 of the Minnesota Vikings gives a thumbs up as he warms up before the game against the Los Angeles Rams at U.S. Bank Stadium on December 26, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
(Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

“Go down and score a touchdown on first possession of overtime and you deserve to win,” said Thielen.

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The Buffalo Bills likely don’t agree.





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