It was hard to miss Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs on Monday night. He caught a pair of touchdown passes from Sam Bradford and generally made life miserable for the Saints in a 29-19 Vikings victory. If you watch TV the six days a week when Diggs isn’t playing, it’s similarly hard to miss him. He’s been a big part of CenturyLink’s local television campaign — “They have some more confidence in me now,” Diggs said of his expanding acting roles in the commercials. “Maybe I’ll have a double life as an actor and football player” — and was making the rounds this week on their behalf. He chatted with the Star Tribune’s Michael Rand:
Q When you have a Monday night game, especially one with a lot of excitement, is it hard to wind down and get to sleep?
A It depends. Some guys go right to sleep when they get home. I like to try to take care of my body a little bit before I get to sleep so I’ll feel better today. … I did the cold tub, rolled myself out a little bit, and I’m getting a massage later on. I’m looking forward to that one, I’ll tell you that.
Q You guys were clicking on offense Monday in a way that we didn’t see toward the end of last year. What do you attribute that to?
A Just a group of guys where everybody was doing their jobs to the best of their ability. As a receiver, I’m just trying to go up and catch the ball. It’s simple as that.
Q You had a lot of confidence as a rookie. Do you sense the same swagger from Dalvin Cook?
A Dalvin does. You guys [in the media] don’t talk to him too much, but we’re around him all day, every day. We have a lot of confidence in him.
Q Fans were pretty excited when Cook broke Adrian Peterson’s team record for most rushing yards in a debut game. Did you have a reaction to that when it happened?
A I honestly didn’t even know when it happened. I didn’t even hear it. It got kind of loud in there.
Q You had to go through a concussion check in the middle of the game. What happens when you get sent into that midgame?
A I don’t even know if I’m allowed to tell you what happens underneath the tent. [laughs] It’s just protocol, and maybe you can Google it. … But I’m fine.
Q The offensive line was a big question going into the season from plenty of people. How much confidence do you have in that group after what you were able to do Monday?
A They had an opportunity to show everybody what they can do. They have to take it one game at a time and keep using those building blocks.
Q The Steelers are a new challenge and figure to be a better test than what you got from New Orleans. How do you build on the win while also respecting the need to improve each week?
A You just forget about the past. That game is over. We won, but it’s all about the next one. You refocus. We can only focus now on the Steelers and what they do. This is everybody’s job, and we love our jobs.
Q You had two touchdowns Monday. That’s a pretty nice pace. How about 32 for the season?
A [laughs] I hear that. I’m going to do my best.