Kirk Cousins Realizes His Future Rides on the Next 10 Games

Kirk Cousins Realizes His Future Rides on the Next 10 Games

As the Minnesota Vikings fell to 8-7-1 and missed the playoffs in 2018, Kirk Cousins was taking heat — not just for his myriad fumbles, bad interceptions and inability to win primetime games, but for a perceived lack of accountability. That seemed to change in 2019 when Cousins fell on the sword after a disappointing Week 2 loss at Green Bay that largely fell on his shoulders. “Believe me,” Cousins said, “I’m not going to be playing quarterback here if I play the way I did this past Sunday for much longer.” Cousins turned things around last season and played the best football of his career with 26 touchdowns and only six interceptions. He won a playoff game, and won a large chunk of the fan base over while earning a two-year extension from the Vikings. Loyalty, though, can be fickle, as Sunday’s 40-23 loss demonstrates. After a three-interception day against the winless Atlanta Falcons, equaling his 2018 total with 10 picks, Cousins was again reflecting on his mortality as the quarterback of the Vikings, who now sit at 1-5. “The reality is if the pace I’m on in terms of the interceptions, if that were to continue, I won’t finish the season,” Cousins said frankly. “That’s what the rest of the season will be about for me, is trying to protect the football as best I can. Because when you turn the ball over, it really hurts your changes to win. I know that. I just need to improve as ...
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