Kirk Cousins will leave a peculiar legacy with the Minnesota Vikings

Cousins is in his sixth season with the Vikings. He is more talented than most people think, but he is not the kind of player Minnesota would always remember. The Vikings are over Kirk Cousins, and quarterbacks are judged on how well their teams do. They have only won one postseason game with Cousins.

Cousins’ chance to make history with the Vikings is likely his last this season, and it is fading quickly. After three close losses to open the year, the Vikings were 0-3; however, they stunned the Carolina Panthers and had a chance to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs at home on Sunday. That wasn’t good enough.

The Chiefs defeated the Vikings 27-20. They had a chance in the final frame. Cousins helped the Vikings even though Justin Jefferson was sidelined due to injury. They might have tied the game if Alexander Mattison hadn’t botched a screen pass with a few seconds left. That drive ended with a turnover on downs. The Vikings’ final drive ended when the clock ran out. Top rated sportsbooks had the Chiefs favored by 4 points. 

Not Cousins, who will be a free agent after this season, was the problem. With 284 yards and two touchdowns, he played well. His performance, though, was unable to make the difference in what would have been a resounding triumph. That is how his time with the Vikings can be summed up.

Stats for Kirk Cousins’s career

Vikings are unsuccessful

According to historical precedent, the Vikings’ current record of 1-4 is not favorable for an NFL team. Even if the season hasn’t concluded yet, it already feels like there isn’t much time left.

The game on Sunday didn’t start well. On their first play, Josh Oliver intercepted a 15-yard pass meant for the Vikings. The Chiefs went on a little drive after recovering and scored a touchdown.

It takes a lot of points to keep up with Patrick Mahomes, which the Vikings were unable to do. Although Minnesota did lead 13-10 at the end of the second quarter, it didn’t last long. After the Chiefs tied the score shortly before halftime and essentially controlled the third quarter, the Vikings trailed 27-13 in the fourth quarter.

Cousins made an effort to get the Vikings interested again. As they were only down seven points late in the fourth quarter, they had a few chances to put together a drive to secure the victory.

The first drive ended in a turnover on downs after a pass interference flag was hoisted in the end zone on fourth down. The Vikings made one final desperate attempt in the closing seconds, but they had run out of timeouts and still had a ways to go. On the final play of the game, the Vikings had a shot from 38 yards away. Cousins’ pass was incomplete. He was laid off.

What’s next for Cousins?

The campaign may see the departure of cousins. He will be 36 years old next season, but there will still be a market for a quarterback who has played in four Pro Bowls is accessible to several teams. 

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