The Vikings made a bold move in the offseason, swapping a trio of starting-caliber quarterbacks for former Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins and his three-year, $84 million deal.
So far, Cousins is earning every penny.
Sure, the Vikings have won only two of five games. Yes, the defense isn’t the dominant unit it has been in the past. Obviously, the running game is nearly non-existent.
As the Vikings returned on Sunday to the site of their NFC title-game loss to the Eagles, Cousins fueled the upset win over the defending Super Bowl champions, completing 30 of 37 passes for 301 yards and a touchdown.
The 30-completion effort made Cousins the first quarterback in league history to complete at least 30 passes in four straight games.
Cousins, who completed 35 passes in Week 2, 40 passes in Week 3 and 36 passes in Week 4, is the first player in NFL history to complete at least 30 passes in four consecutive games.
For the year, Cousins has completed 161 of 226 passes (71.2 percent) for 1,688 yards (7.5 per attempt). He has 11 touchdowns and two interceptions, and a passer rating of 109.6. He’s on pace to throw for 5,401 yards for the season.