4 things to watch in the Vikings Week 2 game vs. the Packers

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins
(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins /
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(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings
(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings /

Can Cousins carve up the Packers again?

Last week, the Vikings only needed Kirk Cousins to attempt ten passes to put away the Falcons. While many have seen this as a joke that the Vikings do not trust Cousins, there’s also the fact that Minnesota was so in control of that game, they didn’t need to put the ball in the air and allow the Falcons to have an opportunity late.

In this matchup, the Vikings will need more from their highly-paid signal-caller, who happened to play some of his best football in 2018 against the Packers. In the two games against Green Bay, Cousins threw for 767 yards, seven touchdowns, and one interception.

A lot of this was due to the stellar play of his top targets Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. Although Jaire Alexander would disagree, the Vikings’ receiving duo put on a clinic against the Packers secondary and might have been a big reason general manager Brian Gutekunst decided to overhaul his safety spots over the offseason.

Even with Darnell Savage looking like a future star and Adrian Amos getting a big interception against the Bears last week, the Packers unit will be tested by the Vikings offense in Week 2. The question is whether Cousins and the rest of the air attack are up for the challenge.