4 Bold Predictions: Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears – Week 17

(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Stefon Diggs
(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Stefon Diggs /
2 of 5
(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins
(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins /

Cousins comes up big

Throughout his career and during most of the current season, a lot has been said about Kirk Cousins’ inability to come up with big-time performances during very important games.

Cousins is a smart dude and he is likely aware of everything that has been said about him by all of the talking-heads in the sports media world this year. But with an interim offensive coordinator in Kevin Stefanski now calling plays to his quarterback’s strengths, Cousins should be able to prove most of his doubters wrong on Sunday against the Bears.

Minnesota’s switch at offensive coordinator has seemed to really benefit their starting quarterback. During the last two weeks with Stefanski calling the plays, Cousins has completed 71.4 percent of his passes for 468 yards, five touchdowns, and one interception.

The Vikings’ quarterback has succeeded in the team’s last two games thanks to more play-calls having him start under center and the rushing attack being more of a focal point of the game plan.

Chicago’s defense is a little more banged up than the first time these two times met earlier this season and Cousins will take advantage of that. Expect the Minnesota quarterback to finish Sunday’s matchup having thrown for at least 250 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions.