Harrison Smith: Kirk Cousins makes plays to win and that’s all that matters

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Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins got to revisit one of his most memorable NFL moments after Sunday’s win in Washington.

Cousins was playing for Washington in 2015 when he shouted “You like that!” after a comeback win and he authored another one on Sunday. The Vikings were down 17-7 in the fourth quarter, but they scored the final 13 points of the game and Cousins reprised his famous line when accepting a game ball from head coach Kevin O’Connell in the team’s locker room.

The overall performance — 22-of-40 for 265 yards and two touchdowns — wasn’t Cousins’ best of the season, but safety Harrison Smith focused on the way things ended when he summed up the quarterback’s outing after the game.

“I don’t think anybody can really carry a team nowadays,” Smith said, via Tramel Raggs of the Washington Post. “If you don’t have a good team around you, you’re not going to win and you’re not going to last. He makes plays to win, and that’s all that matters.”

Sunday’s win was the sixth in a row for the Vikings and Cousins has been central to that run of success, so it’s no surprise that his teammates are believers in what the quarterback can do on the football field.

14 responses to “Harrison Smith: Kirk Cousins makes plays to win and that’s all that matters

  1. The peanut gallery will have something to say about primetime games as they watch the Vikes enter the one-and-done rounds in a few short months. Kirk is winning. There is no argument against it. Are we going all the way? Odds would say no. But man, this is why I’m a football fan, and frustratingly (historically), a Vikings fan. Of course, this can all come crashing down, but this fan base is prepared for that. But we’re riding with Kirk and Our Kevinly Father right now. Skol.

  2. Yeah as long as there are no stakes and it’s not in prime time, then he’s fine.

  3. Just win Minnesota a damn championship. I do not care how you do it, just do it. We’ve suffered long enough. I’m loving this 7-1 record but I know better than to get my hopes up at this point.

  4. If you don’t have a good team around you, you’re not going to win and you’re not going to last.”

    Are ya sure? ‘Cuz some people say you can win for years and years and years with just one guy.

    They say you can utterly own a division for all those years with just one guy.

    They say you can pretty much live in the playoffs for all those years with just one guy.

    They even say you can win a Super Bowl with just one guy.

    And when that one guy is done, all ya need do is plug in a different “one guy” and keep that train a rollin’.

    At least that’s what some people say.

  5. As soon as the Packers are mathematically eliminated, I’ll be pulling for the Vikings. They are NFCN and a very good, well-balanced team. They have not been able to capitalize on other vacuums the Packers created because there have been too few and the Vikings weren’t good enough when they happened. This is different, I think. If they don’t take advantage of this situation, the fall from grace will feel worse than normal.

  6. Vs the bad teams he will play like a franchise QB. Vs above average teams he plays like Kirk Cousins.

  7. Fans of the green and gold and losing their freaking minds as the ViKings keep winning.

    I’ve got a fever, and the only cure is more W’s.

  8. Most Vikings fans had zero expectations this year, which is why the moods in MN and WI are so significantly different. In turn, I think most Vikings fans now have the attitude to just enjoy the ride while it lasts, as long as it lasts. I suspect the next two weeks and the playoffs will bring a dose of reality, but what the heck, this has been fun. Not gonna let the lazy dopes with the “Cousins can’t win the big/prime time games” chants bug me one single bit.

  9. BuckyBadger says:
    November 7, 2022 at 8:20 am
    Vs the bad teams he will play like a franchise QB. Vs above average teams he plays like Kirk Cousins.

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    He played well enough against the Lions to win the game. The same can’t be said for his counterpart across the river. Are the Lions above average?

  10. BuckyBadger says:
    November 7, 2022 at 8:20 am
    Vs the bad teams he will play like a franchise QB. Vs above average teams he plays like Kirk Cousins.
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    Your QB plays awful against bad, average and good teams. And comes with a high cap number.

  11. @steller, Nice comment. Thanks.

    The Vikings have learned how to win the 1 score games….. Don’t miss the kick in the game that counts.

  12. Kirk manages to get scores/wins even as the interior of his o-line is still, well, challenged…which has killed Vikings QBs for a decade, now. The fact that Kirk manages the production he does is pretty amazing. Like Harry says, it takes a team…and what a team we’d have if Ingram and Bradbury could consistently play at the levels of Darrisaw and O’Neil.

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