Efficient on nine targets
Thielen recorded eight receptions on nine targets for 72 yards in Sunday's 28-25 win over the Saints.
Thielen continued to see increased usage in the Vikings' offense, as he has 24 total targets across his last three games. He worked primarily in the intermediate areas of the field, with his longest catch of the day going for 16 yards. Thielen has had a narrow range of outcomes through four games this season, tallying between 52 and 72 receiving yards in each of his last three games. For a big performance, he'll likely to need to find the end zone -- which he's done once this season.
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Sanders finished the regular season with a career-low 129 carries for 432 yards and one touchdown in 16 games. He also caught 27 of 41 targets for 154 yards.
Thielen caught two of three targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 9-0 loss to the Buccaneers.
Hurst said Monday that he cleared concussion protocol over the weekend, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Chark secured two of four targets for 46 yards in the Panthers' 9-0 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday. He also lost a fumble.
Hubbard rushed 23 times for 83 yards and brought in both targets for nine yards in the Panthers' 9-0 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Young completed 11 of 18 passes for 94 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions and rushed twice for 24 yards in the Panthers' 9-0 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday. He also lost a fumble.
Tremble (back) has returned to Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.
Tremble injured his back during Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.
Pineiro (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's contest against the Buccaneers, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.
Pineiro (hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.