Kirk Cousins doubters were cracking their knuckles and flexing their vocal cords Sunday willing to lambaste the QB at some level of a pass first half of because the Minnesota Vikings dug a 20-0 gap in opposition to the Denver Broncos.
Then the QB zipped the lips of those chuckling cynics with a flawless 2nd-half of comeback, leading to the 27-23 victory.
“(Cousins) performed unbelievable, potentially the very best game he’s performed since he’s been right here,” coach Mike Zimmer beamed Monday, by technique of the team’s unswerving website online.
After throwing for 58 yards and an 86.8 passer rating with a fumble within the first two quarters, Cousins dive-bombed the Denver defense. The QB generated 261 yards with three touchdowns, zero turnovers and a 153.5 2nd-half of passer rating.
Cousins is within the course of a profession-very best urge. He hasn’t thrown an INT in 163 pass attempts, the longest drag within the NFL. Since Week 5, he’s thrown 18 TDs to proper one INT (first among 33 qualified passers) whereas averaging 288.7 yards per game and a 126.5 passer rating, tops within the league. Over that span, the Vikings devour long gone 6-1. Oh, and Cousins has performed this mostly sans his favourite receiver, Adam Thielen.
The stretch has mostly silenced the doubters. Cousins has won on the motorway in top time. He’s won video games at residence he’s presupposed to come to a decision on. And he’s brought his team serve from a blowout to victory.
The narratives about Cousins’ failures are being suffocated by each and every passing game.
“I own no longer anguish too noteworthy about the story,” Zimmer acknowledged. “I own no longer care what they get or mumble. I proper prefer him to contain taking half within the scheme he’s.”
There will light be hurdles to climb, doubters to silence, and stumbling blocks along the scheme because the Vikings sit down poised to row within the playoffs.
For now, Cousins has earned reward and taken an unlimited step toward proving the Vikings proper for handing him that massive contract.
“You guys have to present him extra credit,” Stefon Diggs acknowledged after the game, by technique of the Pioneer Press. “You are arduous on him when he’s no longer taking half in nicely and he’s doing every little thing that he can. He helped us fetch serve in it to come to a decision on the game.
“I suspect he deserves a pat on the serve. As a quarterback, our quarterback, he led us (Sunday), and he leads us each and every game. He takes half in thoroughly.”