Kirk Cousins: Prime time win “step in the right direction”

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The numbers were stark, and not in Kirk Cousins‘ favor.

Heading into last night’s game against the Cowboys, he was 6-13 in prime time games, and 1-7 in those games against winning teams.

So leading his team to a 28-24 win over the Cowboys allowed him the chance to change the top line, though some issues remain.

I think I’ve played well in prime time,’’ Cousins said, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “Have we won them all? No. But to get this one was a great step in the right direction. Hopefully, we can get a few more here. We need to get a few more before the season ends.’’

“Well” might be relative, but he was fine last night.

Cousins was 23-of-32 for 220 yards and two touchdowns, though as the game went on it became more about their ground game. It’s a winning formula, as long as you didn’t spend $84 million on a quarterback you’re trying to minimize. On what would be the game-winning touchdown drive, he threw just two passes among their 13 plays, though he did convert the two-point conversion with a pass to Kyle Rudolph.

“It was just a total team win,’’ Cousins said. “We ran the football well, we didn’t have any turnovers, we had decent red-zone success, decent third-down success. Obviously, the defense came up big at the end .”

Of course, if Cousins keeps the wins in the team context, that means the losses go there too, which might keep some of the focus off his own role in them.

9 responses to “Kirk Cousins: Prime time win “step in the right direction”

  1. Phenomenon win boys and it’s even tighter when you beat the refs too!!! But overall the cowboys ain’t nothing to get excited about stay humble boys keep plowing forward

  2. “It’s a winning formula, as long as you didn’t spend $84 million on a quarterback you’re trying to minimize.”

    The Vikings are trying to minimize Cousins? How about the Vikings didn’t pass because running was working. I guess the Vikings were trying to minimize Cousins when he was offensive player of the month in October as well. His contract isn’t even that large anymore compared to other QB’s who have signed since then, and will be signing in the near future. I don’t understand this cheap shot.

  3. If you can win in Dallas, you can do the same in Seattle! If it takes running that pig skin on every down, then, do it! Keep that ship heading in the right direction!

  4. Wow. Does this guy ever stop talking about himself? First win on the road in prime time since 2015 and he’s bragging about how awesome he is?!

    Congrats…you needed the refs to win again. Brava.

  5. Cousins was right when he told Michele Tafoya that Kirk Cousins didn’t win, the Vikings won. If they had lost the game, it would have been because of the poor cornerback play, not because of anything Cousins did wrong. I think in previous prime time games, he’s played well in some of them and poorly in others, just like in noon games. You’re usually playing good teams in prime time, so you need a good team effort to win. That’s more of a factor in the poor prime time record than specifically what the quarterback is doing.

  6. So, he considers a 7-13 record “playing well in prime time”? I guess that’s a pretty high standard for the Lavenders.

  7. Gantt wrote:

    It’s a winning formula, as long as you didn’t spend $84 million on a quarterback you’re trying to minimize.

    Perhaps another way to look at Cousins play against Dallas is to pick up on Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer, who said “when you run like that, it just breaks your will”.

    Cousins is very clear on how he articulates Team Play, and the wins and losses that go with it. I get the “friction point” for the article, but C’mon, Man!

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