After a September that saw the Minnesota Vikings stumble out of the gate at 2-2, fans and media were already packing it in for this season and openly discussing which QB the Vikings would pick in the top 10 of next April’s draft.
Why? Because Kirk Cousins was a large part of that uneven start. In September he was 64-99 for 735 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. In the two losses, both road divisional games, Cousins was particularly bad, especially against the Chicago Bears. After that game, a 16-6 loss that wasn’t even remotely as close as the score indicates, most everyone had declared the Cousins era a failure, and were discussing what was next. Minnesota looked anemic on offense, and WR’s Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs voiced their displeasure with the offense.
One month later and things couldn’t be much better. Cousins got untracked and has torched the NFL in the month of October as the Vikings have rattled off four straight wins and now sit at 6-2. He’s gone 91-116 (that’s a 78.4% completion percentage) for 1,262 yards, 10 touchdowns, and one interception, and that went off the hands of the usually sure-handed Diggs. In that time, Cousins also joined the prestigious club of quarterbacks that have thrown for 300 yards with a passer rating of over 130 for three consecutive games.
The other members of that club are...no one. Cousins is the only player in NFL history to do that.
This is the third time Cousins has been named the NFC Player of the Month, first with the Vikings, and it’s the 10th time a Vikings player has won the award.
And make no mistake, it’s a major award.
I hope this is what Cousins receives in the mail, and how he displays it in his home once it arrives. I know I would.