Kirk Cousins’ 2019 Resolution:
Step up in the clutch
The 2018 season got off to a great start for Cousins, as he put up big numbers and led the Vikings to some key wins throughout the year. The Minnesota quarterback had an electric game against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 4 where he threw for 422 yards and three touchdowns.
As he leaves his 2018 season behind, Cousins’ stats (4,298 yards, 30 touchdowns, 10 interceptions) look the part of a franchise quarterback. But his performance in big games down the stretch did not.
Too many times, Cousins looked tentative to throw downfield and as the Vikings needed big wins against New England, Seattle and Chicago late in the season, he combined to throw for just 541 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions.
Cousins’ contract has overtaken the Joe Mauer deal as the most discussed salary in the state of Minnesota. If the Vikings quarterback can not step up when this team needs him the most in the future, he won’t live up to the high expectations that have been placed on him.