Kirk Cousins: Offense was “all over the map” on Sunday

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The Vikings offense scuffled during the first half of Sunday’s game against the Jets, but quarterback Kirk Cousins said that a strong wind at MetLife Stadium wasn’t the reason why things didn’t click.

While Cousins did say playing indoors is “a positive in general” during his postgame press conference, but said it was “a good defense with a good scheme” that threw him off and not the breeze. Cousins and the Vikings scored 10 points before the half, but kept getting chances in the second half thanks to the defense forcing turnovers and made good on enough of them to get a 37-17 win.

“[It was] all over the map,” Cousins said. “There were a lot of positives. Any time you score 37 points on the road, you’re doing something right. There were certainly a lot of places that weren’t good enough. When you have special teams giving you good field position and you have a defense giving you the ball back, it probably makes it look better than it really was. That’s complimentary football. That’s team football and we’re so grateful for our defense and special teams with the way they played today because it gave us the opportunities to go back out there and score points.”

Cousins was 25-of-40 for 241 yards and two touchdowns, which is less than the Vikings will be looking for on a weekly basis but a line they’ll take when it comes without turnovers on a day when their defense had four of them.

28 responses to “Kirk Cousins: Offense was “all over the map” on Sunday

  1. Everyone on this team seems to say all the right things. Compare and contrast to a dumpster fire like the Giants.

  2. When you have special teams giving you good field position and you have a defense giving you the ball back, it probably makes it look better than it really was

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    He shouldn’t have said probably. And what was up with his fumble spike?

  3. The Vikings have straightened some things out. They also still have things to work on. I like it better when everyone isn’t telling them how great they are. They get more focused on the little things.

  4. Need to be flying on all cylinders next Sunday night for the rematch.
    Could be a track meet at the Bank.

  5. . That’s team football and we’re so grateful for our defense and special teams with the way they played today because it gave us the opportunities to go back out there and score points.
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    So refreshing to hear a QB say that, to notice other aspects of this team game.

  6. We will take a win on the road anyway we can get it. Also first time Vikings beat the Jets on the road ever!

    SKOL!

  7. This team has come along way in terms of playing on the road. It used to be which 3 roads games will the other team give us. To now under Zimmer where we have a chance in almost every game.

  8. It’s so mind-numbing to hear yet another pedestrian quarterback say any apple-polishing comment that comes to mind just to please the sheep.

  9. stellarperformance says:
    October 21, 2018 at 8:49 pm
    It’s so mind-numbing to hear yet another pedestrian quarterback say any apple-polishing comment that comes to mind just to please the sheep.

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    Easy tiger, just R E L A X

  10. stellarperformance says:
    October 21, 2018 at 8:49 pm
    It’s so mind-numbing to hear yet another pedestrian quarterback say any apple-polishing comment that comes to mind just to please the sheep
    ****

    You’re right. He should throw the coaches, play calling and teammates under the bus.

  11. sphincterorleaveher says:
    October 21, 2018 at 8:59 pm
    … just R E L A X.
    Lol, good to see you Tomb…

  12. Outpost31 says:
    October 21, 2018 at 8:57 pm
    Yes, you knocked the snot out of another rookie QB.
    Please don’t hurt yourselves patting each other on the back over it.
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    Good teams do that, wins are hard to get in the NFL. VETERAN TEAMS ARE SUPPOSED TO MOP UP!Disgruntled Packers fan I take it.

  13. The Jets have played surprisingly tough this season. That’s a good win for the Vikings.

  14. In all seriousness.. the Jets just aren’t that good. 8-8 isn’t going to do much for their playoff hopes.

  15. It was a frustrating game to watch, especially in the first half. It seems like whenever the Vikings score a touchdown on their first drive, they usually aren’t able to score much more for a while after that even if they’re moving the ball. Doesn’t matter who the quarterback, offensive coordinator, or head coach is. There are a lot of games where you think they should have scored a lot more points than they actually got, either by missed field goals, failing to take advantage of good field position, or settling for field goals instead of touchdowns. With the kind of offense they have this year, we need to score more points, and it will have to happen next week because the Saints are going to score a lot.

  16. I would like to be the first Vikings fan to apologize for being in first place in the division. I’m pretty sure that’s what the Packer fans are looking for. Now, good luck on the hardest 5 weeks of your schedule that is upcoming.

  17. stellarperformance says:
    October 21, 2018 at 8:49 pm
    It’s so mind-numbing to hear yet another pedestrian quarterback say any apple-polishing comment that comes to mind just to please the sheep.

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    Then why do you pay attention to it?

  18. If you want to improve your offense, stop throwing passes to Diggs behind the line of scrimmage. They did that like 8 times yesterday and every time it was a disaster. They treated him like a gadget player rather than one of the best route runners in the NFL. Get him downfield and stop with the screen passes.

  19. I would like to see the vikings offense put together 4 solid quarters of football. We have seen pieces and parts. Hopefully this is the week. Beating the Saints 3 times in a row will be a tough task. US Bank needs to be loud all day. Whoever wins is in the drivers seat for the second seed IMO

  20. toddc612 says:
    October 22, 2018 at 10:05 am
    In all seriousness.. the Jets just aren’t that good. 8-8 isn’t going to do much for their playoff hopes.

    No the jets aren’t that good, but it was a road game with difficult weather. Not to mention 8-8 teams are the ones that give good teams trouble. They’re good enough to upset a few people but not good enough for a playoff spot. Not to mention a pretty good rookie qb who can be a headache for defenses because of the style of football he plays. These are the games you have to win to be a great team. Having the attitude you have is exactly what causes teams to overlook average teams like the jets and costs them wins and a lot of times a chance at home field advantage. Oh also, this is the NFL. Even the bad teams have great players and can absolutely beat anyone any time.

  21. Am I the only one who noticed both teams were clearly completely changing their offensive strategy quarter by quarter based on whether the wind was at their back or in their face? It seemed clear to me that in the 1st quarter we looked to score through the air, but in the second we were running the ball for fear of the way the wind was affecting the ball? I’m not being critical or complaining, but am I the only person who noticed we were playing just to get to the game time where we going to be able have the wind behind us to throw the ball? The 4th quarter maybe not so much because of how the defense turned the ball over

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