Adam Thielen spit out NBC turkey after Vikings’ Thanksgiving win

Adam Thielen spit out NBC turkey after Vikings' Thanksgiving win

Don’t feed Vikings receiver Adam Thielen dry turkey.

After he helped lead Minnesota to a Thanksgiving Day win over the Patriots, 33-26, Thielen, along with Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins and wide receiver Justin Jefferson ate turkey legs on the field, where Thielen nearly choked on his before spitting it out on the sidelines.

“It’s a little dry,” he told NBC Sports sideline reporter Melissa Stark. Jefferson, meanwhile, was laughing at Thielen, who began coughing on camera.

The Vikings players were invited to eat the ceremonious turkey as part of the NFL’s holiday tradition, which Cousins said is “great memory,” referring to doing the same with Washington after a win over the Giants in 2017.

Jefferson added that he couldn’t eat turkey legs with his teammates because he was wearing diamond mouthgear.

“I gotta take my grillz out to eat it,” he said.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18), and Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) cheers with the turkey legs they received for being players of the game after a win over the Patriots on Nov. 24, 2022, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins and wide receivers Justin Jefferson (18) and Adam Thielen (19) cheers with the turkey legs after a win over the Patriots on Nov. 24, 2022.
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The trio contributed clutch performances in a bounce-back win against the Patriots, following a blowout loss to the Cowboys on Sunday.

Cousins connected on 30 of 37 pass attempts for 299 yards and three touchdowns — two of which targeted Jefferson and Thielen.

Jefferson finished with nine catches for 139 yards and touchdown, breaking Randy Moss’s NFL record 4,163 receiving yards in a player’s first three seasons along the way. Thielen added nine catches for 61 yards and the 52nd TD catch of his career.

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 and wide receivers Justin Jefferson #18 and Adam Thielen #19 eat turkey legs on the field after defeating the New England Patriots at U.S. Bank Stadium on Nov. 24, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
(L-R) Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 and wide receivers Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen eat turkey legs after defeating the Patriots on Nov. 24, 2022 in Minneapolis, MN.
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The Vikings host the Jets on Dec. 4.