EAGAN, Min. – Otherwise, a non-descriptive third week meeting with an out-of-conference opponent has become a crucial test for Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Congens.
The cousins may have more to prove on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders than they have in any other match of their careers. Not only to move away from the interceptions in the end zone that sealed the Green Bay Week 2 loss, but also to show his team that he could be trusted not to make the fatal mistakes that caused the Vikings to lose.  To celebrate 100 years of professional football, Peyton Manning travels around the country to see the people and places that have turned the NFL into the NFL.
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Even cousins know what happens if he doesn't make better decisions.
"Believe me, I will not play quarterback here if I go out and play the way I did last Sunday much longer," Cousin said.
The Vikings reached the crossroads far earlier than they would have hoped with the Cousins. They are one of two NFL teams, along with the Indianapolis Colts, who average more rushing yards (1
But it could also be a reality the Vikings have to deal with if they aren't inside yet: Minnesota expected Cousins to be his franchise quarterback, but he could just be the manager of a game worth 84 million dollars.
Minnesota claims to have analyzed every cousin's throw made in the six seasons with the Washington Redskins before it was signed for a three-year, $ 84 million, fully guaranteed contract in March 2018. However, despite notable shortcomings and areas, the change in his habits may seem unrealistic, the Vikings have made their decision.
The following figures summarize the Cousins in the big games: He has a record of 5-26 against teams with winning records, a career record of 13-24-2 and a combined prime time record of 7-25. Since becoming the Vikings' starting quarterback, the Cousins have not yet made a winning streak of 18 games.
The cousins have never claimed to be more than what they are, marking their own reality as "almost .500 quarterback."
For every moment that spawned faith in the QB against the Packers, as the perfectly set style of [WillieMace45-yardcatcherbyStefanDiggsfor19yardshadsomebadthrowsandcostlyerrorsinthe21-16loss
The Vikings were aware of Cousins' struggles during the most inaccurate exit of his career since becoming a starter (14th out of 32) and seemed to find a way to soften them at Green Bay by putting the ball in his hands to Cook, who had 191 yards of shame.
Seven of eight plays on the disc that led them to the Packers' 8-yard line with just over five minutes left in the game were rushes. Minnesota turned to Cousin at the most critical moment, effectively telling him to go win the game. And the Cousins couldn't transfer, throwing interceptions in the end zone, but only to secure their first loss of the season.
Whether you agree with the gameplay or not, the coaches expected the Cousins to make a better decision than trying to fight a narrow window to Diggs with double coverage. They have the right to believe that a defender with this price tag and experience will make the right call. But they burned for the confidence they had in the Cousins at that moment.
"In the end, the result was not what we wanted, so surely when we look back, you say, 'Man, I'd like to do it there,'" offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski. "But at the same time, I'm trying to be critical of every game, from first to last, and I'm trying to learn some lessons from that game and apply them forward. To say we will always do one thing in every situation, I don't think to be fair, but again, i really tried to learn some lessons from each of these plays from sunday. "
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According to Pro Football Focus, Cousins is ranked 27th out of 27 qualified passer rating rebounds (76.5) in the 10-yard line from 2017. He completed 44.6% of his passes with the lowest yards of experience (1.6).
The brain teaser is what the Minnesota coaching staff does as the Cousins move forward. The challenge of having to plan around his French tank puts more weight on Cook and more importantly for him to stay healthy if he is to commit this crime.
But the Vikings do not believe they have reached the end of their cousin's rope yet. At least not in public.
"Kirk had an up and down game last week," coach Mike Zimmer said. "He'll be fine. We have full confidence in him. He's in a good place to play well this week and will continue to play well until the end of the year."
The reality is that Minnesota was locked in Cousins in the 2020 season, given the guarantees of his contract and non-trade clause. A roommate who ignites the flames of his defender's flaws or puts extra pressure on punishing statements during press conferences does nothing for the team. This is the hand they chose. Now deal with that.
Minnesota is a nine-point favorite over the Oakland team that last week gave up 443 yards and four touchdowns to Kansas City's . Even if the Cousins earn the much-needed profit for a retreat, the result is unlikely to lead to any revelation of it. Games beyond Week 3, including two upcoming road games against the Chicago Bears and New York Giants, followed by the Philadelphia Eagles at home, will prove whether Cousins' idea of a game manager is fact or fiction.
it becomes clear that cousins are more of an obligation than a decision, Minnesota can begin to remedy the situation in April by drafting a defender and preparing not to re-sign the cousins after 2020.
But the Vikings have learned so far. that the cousins are not I have not made enough play with the line game to prove that he can be trusted in high pressure situations. This confidence can certainly be won by a better game, but the Vikings must fully recognize its limitations and put it in situations that are much more likely to work, realizing that the team may be better off in the request cousins to do less.