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Can Kirk Cousins step up down the stretch?

Just like any professional athlete with a massive contract, Kirk Cousins has been placed under a microscope this season.

On paper, his first half (2,685 yards, 17 touchdowns, five interceptions, 71.3 percent completion rate) has been a major success. But on film he has had moments where his decision making hasn’t been the greatest.

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With the Vikings making a push toward the playoffs, that spotlight is going to become brighter on Cousins. The good news is that the quarterback has been terrific in his career during the month of November tossing a 24:7 touchdown to interception ratio to go with 3,689 yards and a 105.9 QB rating.

The bad news? Cousins numbers drop to a 88.8 QB rating with 27 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in the month of December. To make matters worse, the quarterback’s teams have a 16-15 record during those two months.

Minnesota will need November Cousins to help put some distance in the NFC North, but if they want to make a push toward the Super Bowl, Cousins will have to exorcise some of his previous demons and perform well in December.