Kirk Cousins on pace to rewrite team record book

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The Vikings have had Hall of Famers Fran Tarkenton, Warren Moon and Brett Favre at quarterback. They also had Daunte Culpepper.

Yet, in his first season, Kirk Cousins is on pace to rewrite the team record book.

Cousins has completed 161 of 226 passes for 1,688 yards with 11 touchdowns. That puts him on a pace for 515 completions, 723 attempts, 5,402 yards and 35 touchdowns.

Sam Bradford holds the team completions record (395 in 2016), Moon the attempts mark (606 in 1995) and Culpepper the yardage (4,717 in 2004) and passing touchdowns (39 in 2004) records.

“Stats can give you an indication of how a player’s playing, but it does not tell the whole story,’’ Cousins said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “My focus is on what do we need to do each week to win. In the first few weeks, we felt like throwing the football, getting pass attempts so our best athletes on the outside can make plays was our best chance to move the football and to score points. That may not be the case every week, but it’s given us a chance to be explosive early in the season, and we’ll see if it can continue.’’

At the rate he is going, Cousins could challenge some NFL single-season marks. Peyton Manning owns the single-season records for yards (5,477 in 2013) and touchdowns (55 in 2013). Drew Brees has the record for completions (471 in 2016), and Matthew Stafford had the most attempts in a single-season (727 in 2012).

“I don’t really care about statistics,’’ Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. “I just want to get wins. I don’t care how we do it. Obviously, I have a philosophy, but we have to do what we have to do to win football games.’’

61 responses to “Kirk Cousins on pace to rewrite team record book

  1. This signing looks pretty good so far, despite all the critics. If only my favorite team’s kickers weren’t cruising to a dubious record of most missed FGs in a year.

  2. Small sample size, but can we put to rest the talk that the team should have kept Case Keenum? The guy what looks like it will be his career year surrounded by a very good supporting cast. Captian Kirk has a legit NFL arm and this offense is dangerous with him at the helm. Nice move Rick, worth every penny.

  3. Where are all the Case Keenum lovers at? I thought you all said he was just as good as Cousins and the Vikings were wasting money when they could just sign Keenum at a cheaper price. Well Denver doesn’t seem to thrill with Keenum now. Gotta love the online armchair GMs loud until they’re proven wrong and then not a peep.

  4. Per some of the critics (nhpats or nyneal. One of the two) Cousins is the same as Keemun and Keenum was the better signing. I don’t have the stat book in front of me to compare the two, but I don’t hear many conversations about Keenum.

  5. Cousins is everything I thought he’d be with Diggs and Thielen. Stats are cool but the lack of a running game is troubling. They need to get that cranked up to take some control and pressure off of the defense. The rushing schemes or lack there of is a direct result of Sporanos death. They need to get it figured out.

  6. If Bradford & Culpepper owns your team QB records (and a twilight Moon holds your single-season attempts because he threw a ton for an 8-8 record), then you haven’t had a very impressive history of QBs.

  7. You can put up pretty good counting stats when you are throwing 45 times a game. His average yards per attempt is actually the lowest it has been since 2013 and his td% is in line with career figures.

  8. So, a quarterback-centric singularly-focused offense is OK? Geez, I wonder which other North Division team that did it first and is mocked regularly by Viking fans Zimmer learned this strategy from?

    When you signed the farm away for a guarantee, you’d better use it until it drops.

  9. Streetyson, I agree that we have been challenged at getting consistently good qb play. That hopefully is over as we now have a management group that understands the importance of that position and will keep it in good hands as long as possible. Cousins is playing GREAT! The running game will help but I want the D to get to being a top 5 unit. A top 5 D would make us very formidable indeed.

  10. 6thsense10 says:
    October 10, 2018 at 7:40 pm
    Where are all the Case Keenum lovers at? I thought you all said he was just as good as Cousins and the Vikings were wasting money when they could just sign Keenum at a cheaper price. Well Denver doesn’t seem to thrill with Keenum now. Gotta love the online armchair GMs loud until they’re proven wrong and then not a peep
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    For one the Vikings are light years ahead of the Broncos from top to bottom organizational wise. So you can’t compare him to last season. He and the Vikings would be doing just fine if he was our QB. Case is legit.

  11. Cousins put up respectable numbers on a weak Washington team that didn’t have near the talent that he has with Minnesota. When you have Diggs, Thielen, Rudolph, Cook, and Murray as receiving threats, that’s difficult for any defense to defend.

    Once the running game gets going (and it will) and the defense gets back to their dominating selves (which they will) this team will be hard to stop. If that falls into place, they can run the table.

  12. Case was great last season. Kirk is better and that’s okay if someone doesn’t want to admit that. The Vikings may be a better organization but Denver just went to two Super Bowls so they’re pretty good. I have nothing but love for Case & Kirk both. It’s just that Kirk is the Vikings qb NOW! Skol Vikings!

  13. Stats are great, and he has looked good so far, but the fact is they are two totally bogus pass interference calls away from being 1 and 4.

  14. That defense gets back to form… and if Cook can get cooking? The Vikings are going to be a tough out.

  15. Yeah we know that the game’s changed. Or are you trying to say that Captain Kirk (whom I love if I’m honest for what he did with the contracts, can’t ever hate a man for betting on himself and winning) is better relative to his contemporaries than Fran Tarkenton was???

  16. I think some people here are making a straw man argument. I don’t think anyone was saying at the time of the signing that Keenum was better or just as good as Cousins. The point was did the difference in talent justify the difference in money? Contracts don’t exist in a vacuum. Money you spend in one place is money you can’t spend elsewhere. Maybe Keenum wouldn’t be putting the same gaudy numbers, but does anybody think their record would be worse than 2-2-1 if they had kept him?

  17. I was never displeased with the Cousins signing. However, I absolutely said I’d take Keenum at $10 mil cheaper per season because you could then sign more players. And, since the Vikings are 2-2-1, I’m not sure how we can tell anything yet. I missed the part in the article where they mentioned Cousins has more fumbles in 5 years than anybody else. Again, the jury is still out on this signing.

  18. At the rate he is going, Cousins could challenge some NFL single-season marks.

    You should mention that Cousins is not currently first in any of these categories. He could challenge those marks if guys like Goff, Luck, and Mahomes slow down a bit. It is really just a different game these days, even recent records (comparisons to Tarkenton are meaningless) are constantly under assault with every new offensive minded rule change.

  19. stellarperformance says:
    October 10, 2018 at 7:56 pm
    So, a quarterback-centric singularly-focused offense is OK? Geez, I wonder which other North Division team that did it first and is mocked regularly by Viking fans Zimmer learned this strategy from?

    When you signed the farm away for a guarantee, you’d better use it until it drops

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    3 year contract isn’t necessarily the farm there bud. Better than 6 years with an aging QB.

  20. The Keenum, Cousins argument is long over, Speilman and company decided that last spring. I really like them both but the decision was made for us and we now need to back them for our own individual teams.

    If it were up to me, I would love to see them play each other in the Super Bowl! Bronco’s Vs the Vikings. 🙂

  21. Kirk puts up terrific numbers…until that moment he needs it the most…that’s when he let’s you down…that’s why the Redskins didn’t wanna pay him elite money…

  22. If you mean being a .500 or worse team, well there are a ton of those in the Vikings’ history. Just think – they have zero championships. Zero! Even Tampa, Indy, New Orleans have won championships. All I can say is….

    Still
    Keep
    On
    Losing!!!! SKOL!!!!!

  23. Wow how the game has changed. Cousins might be a top 15 QB right now, and look at all those stats. Don’t get me wrong, I like Cousins. He’s a bottom line type guy and would be the first to tell you that stats are for losers. Imagine Fran Tarkenton playing with offensive linemen who are allowed to hold, and DB’s who aren’t allowed to make contact with WR’s after 5 yards, and D-Linemen who aren’t allowed to touch the QB. I love today’s NFL, but it’s a pretty silly conversation when you start comparing stats. I understand its Wednesday.

  24. All of these passing stats/records this year have the same feel as home runs during the steroid era of baseball. The rules have neutered defenses, especially against the pass. I mean when you have Fizpatrick throwing for more than 400 yards for the first 3 games, breaking that record, then having his jersey put into the HOF something isn’t right.

    I’m sorry but Kirk Cousins isn’t even on the same planet as Fran Tarkenton, Warren Moon and Brett Favre. Let’s get real here. Just imagine what Warren Moon would have done with that Oilers Run & Shoot offense with these rules.

  25. I think cousins is for sure proving his value and proving to be worth the contract he was given. Some of those passes he’s laying in to diggs and thielen have been nothing short of brilliant. He’s putting the ball in small windows where only his guy can make the catch. I think more than anything he’s proving to the world how good he’s been all along and how poor Washington was at putting good players around him but also how poor they were in scheming the offense to put him in a position to be successful. These guys look elite in that passing game. I truly believe part of the problem with the defense is adjusting to being a team who plays the clock control game, to being a team who puts up a lot of points. It naturally changes the pace of the game and the way the offense of the opposing has to play to keep up and I think with the lack of preseason playing time and physicality of practices these days, the defense will begin to figure out how to play with this new philosophy and how it affects them. And at times it’s going to cause them to be forced to do more sudden change because passing offenses do naturally throw more picks. The run game worries me more. It has nothing to do with the backs. It has everything to do with us being the worst in the league at yards gained before first contact. Our OL isn’t run blocking well. And I’m not putting that on spielman or anything, and I’m absolutely not one of these people mad because they think he didn’t address the OL. I personally think taking an OL in the 2nd is addressing it. Short of signing a high profile offensive lineman, I don’t think there was an opportunity to get a player that would have made the difference to this offense. Oneil will likely be useful eventually and I think Hughes was a great pick in the 1st, even more so with how much he’s had to play. I’m really disappointed with how many fans absolutely jumped ship with their early season criticism and how they think this team should’ve already had all the change over figured out. We were 2-2 last year and you saw where we ended up. Have faith. Also the death of sporano was a much bigger issue for this OL than anyone realizes.

  26. Cunningham, Moss, and Adrian Peterson have all rewrote the Viking record book over their career, while it may be a nice feather in the cap, it still isn’t a ring on their finger.

  27. If Cousins continues to put up numbers at this rate, the Vikings will finish 8-7-1. He’s passing this much because the running game is nonexistent and the defense has been terrible. Once they start holding teams to under 20 points and playing with a lead, the passing numbers will decrease and the wins will increase.

  28. Got to love the Packer fans, they are like the child bullies portrayed in old TV shows. The bully would draw a line in the dirt and dare someone to cross it. When it’s crossed they draw another line and dare you to cross that one and so on and so on……. they say Cousins was a wate of money, now they say get to the Super Bowl, what next is, win the Super Bowl, then win 13 Championships. Never ends with that fan base.

  29. streetyson says:

    October 10, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    If Bradford & Culpepper owns your team QB records (and a twilight Moon holds your single-season attempts because he threw a ton for an 8-8 record), then you haven’t had a very impressive history of QBs.
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    1. The NFL has developed into a pass 1st league over years. It stands to reason more recent players are going to hold records.

    2. Tarkenton did not play his whole career with the Vikings, but for his career had 47,003 passing yards and 342 TDS. he broke the records of johnny unitas. Total lack of recognition of history.

  30. streetyson says:
    October 10, 2018 at 7:50 pm
    If Bradford & Culpepper owns your team QB records (and a twilight Moon holds your single-season attempts because he threw a ton for an 8-8 record), then you haven’t had a very impressive history of QBs.
    ))))))))))))
    Because throwing for 4,717 yards & 39 TD’s isn’t impressive, okay. The Vikings also have a HOF QB in their team history.Just because they aren’t the very top number for the NFL doesn’t mean they aren’t impressive numbers. Know what you are talking about.

  31. chillyball says:
    October 11, 2018 at 8:50 am
    Kirk Cousin = Stats

    Case Keenum = Wins

    Vikes go 8-8

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    If this is true then why are the Broncos 2-3 with what just was a superbowl caliber defense not that long ago, and weapons on offense like Thomas, Sanders, and Lindsay?

    Truth is outside of one magical year in MN Case has a 29-27 record with 29Td’s & 27 INT’s not sure that = Wins in todays NFL.

  32. streetyson says:
    October 10, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    If Bradford & Culpepper owns your team QB records (and a twilight Moon holds your single-season attempts because he threw a ton for an 8-8 record), then you haven’t had a very impressive history of QBs.
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    I think those records seem pretty good. Only 15 quarterbacks, representing 14 franchises, have ever passed for more than 4,717 yards in a season (one of them was Kirk Cousins). Only eight quarterbacks have ever passed for more than 39 touchdowns.

  33. streetyson says:
    October 10, 2018 at 7:50 pm
    If Bradford & Culpepper owns your team QB records (and a twilight Moon holds your single-season attempts because he threw a ton for an 8-8 record), then you haven’t had a very impressive history of QBs.
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    In the entire history of the NFL, only 16 QB’s have thrown for more yards in a season than Culpepper. Only 8 have thrown more TD’s. That means that at least 24 teams in the NFL have never had a very impressive history of QB’s.

    In the entire history of the NFL, only 17 QB’s have thrown more completions than Bradford (and Bradford did that in 15 games).

    In the entire history of the NFL, only 6 QB’s have attempted more passes in a season than Moon.

    Just putting things in perspective…

  34. chillyball says:
    October 11, 2018 at 8:50 am
    Kirk Cousin = Stats

    Case Keenum = Wins
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    Just pointing out that at this point in the season last year, Case had 2 wins compared to Kirk’s 2 wins this season.

    Case did a great job coming in after Bradford knee self destructed. But in the playoffs, Case’s floating ducks became a problem against the better defenses in the NFL.

    That’s why Case is gone.

    Case has 7 INT’s so far this season. Kirk has 2.

    I believe that Kirk has a better chance of taking us deep into the playoffs than Case did. That doesn’t mean I don’t think Case is a decent QB, just that I (and the Vikings) wanted someone better.

    The cost difference between Case and Kirk is $6 mil this year. To you and I, $6 mil is a lot of money. To an NFL team that wants to win – it’s almost nothing…

  35. kapptocousins says:
    October 11, 2018 at 7:42 am
    Got to love the Packer fans, they are like the child bullies portrayed in old TV shows. The bully would draw a line in the dirt and dare someone to cross it. When it’s crossed they draw another line and dare you to cross that one and so on and so on……. they say Cousins was a wate of money, now they say get to the Super Bowl, what next is, win the Super Bowl, then win 13 Championships. Never ends with that fan base.
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    The Vikings didn’t replace Keenum with Cousins just to do “pretty good.” They had “pretty good” with Keenum. Packer fans have absolutely nothing to do with the new Viking reality of “Win it All and Win It Now.”

    If Cousins only takes them to the NFCCG and loses (or heaven forbid, not even that far,) is that a good thing? I’m guessing no.

  36. stellarperformance says:
    October 11, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    The Vikings didn’t replace Keenum with Cousins just to do “pretty good.” They had “pretty good” with Keenum. Packer fans have absolutely nothing to do with the new Viking reality of “Win it All and Win It Now.”

    If Cousins only takes them to the NFCCG and loses (or heaven forbid, not even that far,) is that a good thing? I’m guessing no.
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    Kirk Cousins numbers in the last two games vs the Packers.
    56/78 800 yds. 7 tds. 1 int.

    Super Bowl this year? We’ll see. Lots of variables. One thing for sure is he will be slapping around the Packers for the foreseeable future. Good times.

  37. Liberalsruineverything says:
    October 11, 2018 at 12:44
    Super Bowl this year? We’ll see. Lots of variables. One thing for sure is he will be slapping around the Packers for the foreseeable future. Good times.
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    Good times indeed! Those are your SuperBowls!

    Enjoy!

  38. stellarperformance says:

    Good times indeed! Those are your SuperBowls!
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    We’ve been over this before.

    The Packers in the dark days from the late 60’s though the early 90’s were so historically bad, that they started looking at the VIKINGS/pAcKer game as their Super Bowl.

    With all those heralded “World Championship” under their belt – they went 25 years without scoring a single TD in the playoffs of a full regulation season.

    How infrequent were Packer victories?

    Starting with the 1968 season:

    October 4, 1970

    December 10, 1972

    November 17, 1974

    November 11, 1979

    That’s 4 wins out of 24 games.

    That’s why the games against the Vikings were your Super Bowls…

  39. Cousin’s is having a great year and it’s pathetic how cheddar heads have to take that away with negative remarks.

    If the Vikings don’t win the Superbowl it will be for several other reason’s. Like the abysmal offensive line, and no running attack.

  40. stellarperformance says:
    October 11, 2018 at 12:54 pm
    Liberalsruineverything says:
    October 11, 2018 at 12:44
    Super Bowl this year? We’ll see. Lots of variables. One thing for sure is he will be slapping around the Packers for the foreseeable future. Good times.
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    Good times indeed! Those are your SuperBowls!

    Enjoy!
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    You need to send Bud Grant a royalty check every time you use his line cheesehead.

  41. gtodriver says:
    October 11, 2018 at 1:13 pm
    That’s why the games against the Vikings were your Super Bowls…
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    Packer SuperBowls are real SuperBowls. It only makes sense. For teams without real SuperBowl victories, those teams can only celebrate victories that mean as much to them as a real SuperBowl………i.e.; the occasional Viking victory over the Packers. Name one game that meant more to the Vikings than a victory over the Packers. That will be hard to determine, considering the Vikings own the all-time NFL record for one-and-done postseason appearances.

  42. stellarperformance says:

    October 11, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    gtodriver says:
    October 11, 2018 at 1:13 pm
    That’s why the games against the Vikings were your Super Bowls…
    ////////////////////////////////

    Packer SuperBowls are real SuperBowls. It only makes sense. For teams without real SuperBowl victories, those teams can only celebrate victories that mean as much to them as a real SuperBowl………i.e.; the occasional Viking victory over the Packers. Name one game that meant more to the Vikings than a victory over the Packers. That will be hard to determine, considering the Vikings own the all-time NFL record for one-and-done postseason appearances.
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    I’m going to go out on a limb and say any of the 20 playoff game victories is more important than ANY win against the Packers. Although the moon over lambeau game was quite entertaining….

    Only in your head is it a bad thing to make the playoffs. You must have some sort of screw loose.

    I do need to ask, do you have a job? I mean you are on here constantly day AND night.

    I’m sure you are on SSI or something of that nature. You strike me as having an inferiority complex and the only way you can feel better about yourself is to glom onto a sports team. You think being born into a fanbase makes you somehow better than others. It’s sad really. Your d=fondest memories on life are not of friends ,family or anything substantial. Its of a sports team….a SPORTS TEAM!

    You must lead a lonely life. Have another brat and a Pabst, ugh.

  43. I have a great deal of admiration for Case Keenum. Last season was the most enjoyable in recent memory, and Keenum had a lot to do with that. Now? Come on. There is no comparison in skill set verses Cousins, who in addition to displaying a very Keenum-like grit has the size, strength and intelligence that sets him apart. This was a fantastic move by the Vikings. We’re five games in and Kirk Cousins IS the best QB in the NFCN. If the Vikes can stack some division games and edge into first, the focus will intensify on Cousins. He just has to stay healthy. Captain Kirk!!

  44. billtetley53 says:
    October 11, 2018
    I do need to ask, do you have a job? I mean you are on here constantly day AND night.
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    Yes, I’m semi-retired, and I likely still pay more in income taxes than you earn. I live a high life. The Packers are just one aspect. I’m on here to defend against Packer-bashing. It’s not rocket science.

  45. stellarperformance says:
    October 12, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    Yes, I’m semi-retarded.
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    Don’t be so hard on yourself Stella. You’re at least smarter than Karl or filthy. Chin up bro.

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