Minnesota Vikings Midseason Review: Grading the offense

(Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs
(Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs /
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 4: Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings drops back to hand the ball off in the third quarter of the game against the Detroit Lions at U.S. Bank Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins /

Evaluating Kirk Cousins’ Performance:

For whatever reason, there’s a large chunk of the Vikings fan base that believes Kirk Cousins hasn’t done what was promised when he signed his three-year, $84 million contract last March. On that note, this author will have some of what they’re having.

Cousins has unveiled an extra gear to Minnesota’s passing offense this season and it has direct ties to the rise of Adam Thielen as one of the top receivers in the game. The Vikings quarterback has also been efficient (71.3 completion percentage), he has thrown for 17 touchdowns (eighth-most in the league), just five interceptions, and he has the ninth-best QB rating in the NFL (102.2).

All of which has been done for a team that has had its issues at the quarterback position.

Of course, there are things that can be nitpicked with Cousins’ performance, such as his league-leading eight fumbles and his tendency to have a bad game every once in a while. However, he’s doing his job at the moment and with a career 24:7 touchdown to interception ratio in November and a 27:15 touchdown to interception ratio in December, it’s possible he could earn his money down the stretch.

Cousins Midseason Grade: B+