Solid debut for Kirk Cousins

AP

The Vikings didn’t pay quarterback Kirk Cousins $28 million per year for solid preseason performances. They nevertheless got one on Saturday night.

Cousins, in only one drive in his debut with the team, led the Vikings on an eight-play, 75-yard touchdown drive. The former Washington quarterback completed four of four passes for 42 yards and a touchdown.

Three of the completions went to receiver Stefon Diggs, for six yards, 28 yards, and a one-yard score on third and goal.

Running back Latavius Murray, starting in place of Dalvin Cook (who won’t play), added 43 rushing yards on the opening drive, including runs of 20 and 21 yards.

89 responses to “Solid debut for Kirk Cousins

  1. You like that!?

    great oline play from the backups starting… but, nothing matters in preseason game 1, only an idiot would read too far into it.

  2. I know it’s pre-season, but you couldn’t ask for a better start for Cousins and the offense. That pass to Diggs before the TD was a thing of beauty!

  3. While only preseason I thought two plays really illustrated why the Vikings felt they had to pay extra money at the QB position. In the each teams first drive we saw Case float a pass on 3 and 8, which we saw a lot on any pass that needed to travel more than 5-10 yards down field last year. Then you have cousins on 2 & 3 thread the needle down the sideline to diggs. We are a long way from games that matter, but that is the reason you go get a QB with the roster you have in MN.

  4. Every QB looks good in the preseason against vanilla coverages.

    The modern NFL QB is graded more on reading a play prior to the snap; in the preseason this is especially easy because DCs aren’t running their best plays/formations.

    I don’t say this as a Packer fan bashing the MM fan base either. Hundley continues to look impressive in the preseason but was piss poor filling in for Rodgers last year.

  5. And? He’s gonna choke in a big game late in the season. Congratd Vikings you played yourself. To think we gave up on an incredible QB like Robert Griffin for this walking choke artist.

  6. Of course it was a solid debut…The guy throws for 4,000 yards a season and doesn’t get hurt. He’s going to have a great year, as long as he doesn’t make the ill-timed INT, as he sometimes does…..

  7. World Class opening drive…running, throwing, catching, blocking…get used to seeing it by the World Class Viking organization….

  8. I can’t wait for all the Vikings fans to start posting they are going to win the Super Bowl this year. Cousins looks like he’s going to be a good pickup for them but I’ll reserve my judgment until the games start counting.

  9. cobrala2 says:
    August 11, 2018 at 9:42 pm
    Championship.
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    Division Championship

  10. Bring on the trolls, wait Cousins looks good… I have had many debates among my fellow Vikings fans that Diggs will outperform Thielan, because they rather sign Barr. I just say, please find a way to keep both!

  11. Solid? Yes, I’m splitting hairs, but solid would be 3-6 for 35 yards and the team settles for a FG. It was a small sample size obviously, but 4-4 with a TD pass is perfect.

  12. Vikes more ready to play this one. We know it doesn’t count, but they all matter. Minnesota has assembled a lot of talent and the coaching is solid. A good QB should be able to shred a vanilla defense, and Cousins did. Great catches by Diggs. Tough defense, good kicks! What’s not to like?

  13. Alan Light says:
    August 11, 2018 at 9:50 pm
    World Class opening drive…running, throwing, catching, blocking…get used to seeing it by the World Class Viking organization….
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    World class organizations are at the top of their field consistently and for a sustained period. The Vikings haven’t achieved that yet.

    However, if world-class now means first quarter success in the first preseason game, there are several world-class teams in the NFL right now.

  14. hbudgess says:
    August 11, 2018 at 10:07 pm
    Why are all you packers fans bashing the Vikings even watching? Your team won yesterday..
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    You sure told them. What are football fans doing watching the game of another team that they don’t root for. Who ever heard of such a thing?

  15. Why are all you packers fans bashing the Vikings even watching? Your team won yesterday..
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    Literally no packer fans bashing bud…

  16. You cannot put too much into preseason results either way. But, he showed very nice touch on a couple of the passes, which was nice to see. The defense also looked pretty solid early.

  17. I’m still waiting for Packer fans to call out their peers for jokes about sporano’s death. After the huge deal they made about jokes about a broken collarbone, they sure are quiet with their rebukes now…

  18. minneanderthals says:
    August 11, 2018 at 10:36 pm
    I’m bashing all the Vikings fans claiming a super bowl after one drive.

    Lol

    Ridiculous

    ****

    What’s more rediculous is your lack of sense of humor.

  19. Huge Skins fan here… Cousins is a very solid QB that I believe will just get better. Vikes got a very good QB. Congrats and #HTTR

  20. I’ve watched Cousins evolve through the years from when he was throwing interceptions left and right, to when he got his first start, to when he started putting up big passing stats and the one thing about him is he’s not always been underrated and unappreciated. By the redskins team front office, by some fans, by pundits on tv. It was always yea he puts up stats BUT, yea but… its his offensive line, it’s his receiving talent, it’s the system, he’s not a franchise QB.

    However he was able to play last season and perform at a high level with probably one of the worst receiving Corp in the NFL. It was nothing short of astounding. An argument could be made that last year’s best receiving threat on the Redskins was running back Chris Thompson yet Cousins still threw for over 4,000 yards. No receiver on the team had more than 800 yards. From an offensive skills perspective this is the best team Cousins has ever played on. I think he’s due for a huge season.

  21. Too bad Cousins is probably the third best QB in the NFC Central.

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    Even if he is what’s that matter?

  22. frank booth says:
    August 11, 2018 at 10:17 pm
    hbudgess says:
    August 11, 2018 at 10:07 pm
    Why are all you packers fans bashing the Vikings even watching? Your team won yesterday..
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    You sure told them. What are football fans doing watching the game of another team that they don’t root for. Who ever heard of such a thing?

    __________

    Those fans of “another” team are coming across as quite anxious.

  23. Going to be hard choices when it comes to RB cuts. I hope whoever they decide to cut they trade out of the division because any of them would be an upgrade for the packers.

    Imagine if the Packers had Cooks, how scary would that be, but they passed on him. Thank you.

  24. “I’m still waiting for Packer fans to call out their peers for jokes about sporano’s death. ”

    You must be purposefully skipping those, because I’ve called out filthymcnasty3 several times and so have others.

  25. Vikings will be a formidable foe for the Packers this year to win the division. Sounds like they are hitting on all cylinders in their first preseason game, sans Cook. Week 2 of the regular season should be a slugfest….hope everyone has a healthy roster.

  26. Vikings will be a formidable foe for the Packers this year to win the division. Sounds like they are hitting on all cylinders in their first preseason game, sans Cook. Week 2 of the regular season should be a slugfest….hope everyone has a healthy roster.

  27. eerbratscheese says:
    August 11, 2018 at 10:36 pm
    Dang, if Cousins keeps that up, he’ll be like 650 for 650 with about 160 TD passes and no INTs for the regular season. Who can compete with that?
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    Maybe he could keep up with that great Hundley performance the other night? You remember. That’s what the Gumby’s were gushing about.

  28. Let’s not get too excited over 1 series against a Broncos D minus Vonn Miller. Capt. Kirk had some strong throws. Hope this performance translates to success this season and beyond. As far as Case Keenum. That floater up the right sideline was him in a nutshell. Same pass that was picked off 2 drives in a row vs Redskins, vs the Saints, vs the Eagles. As soon as the pocket collapses he gets flustered and that’s his go to throw. One good thing from that though Broncos fans is that if the pocket doesn’t collapse and he can set that wounded duck turns into the Minneapolis Miracle.

  29. stellarperformance says:
    August 12, 2018 at 9:31 am
    Ah, the preseason, when even Kirk Cousins can look like he does not suck

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    Yes, no one sucks in the preseason except for Keenum.

  30. When your team looks good, it’s a sign of things to come. When a team you dislike looks good, it’s just the preseason, right? I hate the Vikings and that stupid SKOL crap, still don’t think they’ll get past the packers for the division BUT to say they didn’t look good and that wasn’t the start they were hoping for is crazy. How good is debatable because we won’t start to know that until the bullets are live. Can’t wait!

  31. 38-7. Until the Vikes win the bowl, that’s the only stat that matters.

  32. I will have more sympathy for MN fans if they can just answer one simple question..
    Who has won more big bowls and Super Bowls
    over the last 25 years Badgers and Packers or Gophers and Vikings? If you can’t sipmly answer that’s why we can’t stand MN fans..

  33. Pre-season — no biggie. However, the best part of this string is the Skins fan who said “good riddens” to Cousins. Must have been educated in WI.

  34. Liberalsruineverything says:
    August 12, 2018 at 11:15 am
    stellarperformance says:
    August 12, 2018 at 9:31 am
    Ah, the preseason, when even Brent Puntley can look like he does not suck.
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    Fixed it for ya Stella.
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    It was already borrowed from a Viking troll. You’ve made it redundant. Your specialty.

  35. stellarperformance says:
    August 12, 2018 at 11:55 am
    Liberalsruineverything says:
    August 12, 2018 at 11:15 am
    stellarperformance says:
    August 12, 2018 at 9:31 am
    Ah, the preseason, when even Brent Puntley can look like he does not suck.
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    Fixed it for ya Stella.
    ///////////////////////////////////////////////

    It was already borrowed from a Viking troll. You’ve made it redundant. Your specialty.
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    You calling anybody redundant is like Erin Rodgers calling somebody sensitive.

  36. Liberalsruineverything says:
    August 12, 2018 at 12:39 pm
    You calling anybody redundant is like Erin Rodgers calling somebody sensitive.
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    Who?

  37. Even you are smart enough to know he’s talking about Sharon Rodgers, the hardware Hank of the NFL, Smella!

  38. stellarperformance says:
    August 12, 2018 at 9:31 am
    Ah, the preseason, when even Kirk Cousins can look like he does not suck.

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    Aren’t you the same guy who cries about “fight-pickers” whenever anyone makes a negative comment on a green bay post?? I am not a big believer in Cousins, but I believe when people made similar comments about Hundley the other night you went into complaining about “fight-pickers” as well. Not surprising at all, just kind of funny.

  39. zapzap12 says:
    August 12, 2018 at 11:11 am
    I will have more sympathy for MN fans if they can just answer one simple question..
    Who has won more big bowls and Super Bowls
    over the last 25 years Badgers and Packers or Gophers and Vikings? If you can’t sipmly answer that’s why we can’t stand MN fans

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    Easy to pick and choose years. Here you go, the packers have won more championships than the Vikings and the Gophers have won 7 National Championships to zero for the Badgers.

  40. Sad thing is that I went to read how Bridgewater was being received in NY with the trade rumors and his good performance Friday. Of course the post was littered with trolls who are still hating on the kid when he has taken a meaningful snap for the Vikings since January 2016 (the mop up duty in the blowout against Cincy was not meaningful). Made me remember what sucks about this site, very few insightful comments, mostly just idiots trolling and yes every fanbase is littered with them. However the idiot who makes jokes about Korey Stringer, Tony Sparano, etc. should just go play in traffic for a while.

  41. What is the obsession with Packers fans or anyone else comparing Kirk Cousins pre-season false equivalency successes to those of Brett Hundley? I saw a similar post on another board and I am trying to figure out why this comparison keeps being floated? Hundley is the BACKUP qb who was forced into action last year due to Rodgers injury. Kirk is a proven starter (like it or not) in the league. I get it, it’s the preseason and stats and numbers are meaningless, but quit forecasting your backup QB’s struggles in the regular season to a proven commodity.

  42. flviking says:
    August 12, 2018 at 1:12 pm
    zapzap12 says:
    August 12, 2018 at 11:11 am
    I will have more sympathy for MN fans if they can just answer one simple question..
    Who has won more big bowls and Super Bowls
    over the last 25 years Badgers and Packers or Gophers and Vikings? If you can’t sipmly answer that’s why we can’t stand MN fans

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    Easy to pick and choose years. Here you go, the packers have won more championships than the Vikings and the Gophers have won 7 National Championships to zero for the Badgers. I knew you couldn’t answer the question…u can go way back but the Packers are 13 time NFL Champs so we win the football battle…plus currently the Badgers have won 12 or 13 straight against the Gophers..its been great..

  43. No…really…

    We have Vikings fans asking about flights to the Super Bowl after one preseason drive.

    That might be the funniest thing I’ve ever seen on these boards.

    Ever.

  44. Three of the last 4 years your NFC North Champions – the Minnesota Vikings! Pack won’t sniff another Super Bowl for a long time. Too bad all their eggs are in one basket. That basket turns 36 in less than 4 months. Hahahahahahaha.

  45. thegreenandcold says:
    August 11, 2018 at 9:42 pm
    Every QB looks good in the preseason against vanilla coverages.
    The modern NFL QB is graded more on reading a play prior to the snap; in the preseason this is especially easy because DCs aren’t running their best plays/formations.
    I don’t say this as a Packer fan bashing the MM fan base either. Hundley continues to look impressive in the preseason but was piss poor filling in for Rodgers last year.

    You mean like how Case Keenum looked?

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