4 reasons why Kirk Cousins is entering the biggest game of his career

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Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings
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He can finally shed the “can’t win the big one” label

Kirk Cousins is a very good NFL quarterback and that can’t be denied. He’s thrown for over 21,000 yards in his career with 132 touchdowns and  67 interceptions. That’s good for a career rating of 94.8.

These are very impressive numbers indeed. What isn’t so impressive is Cousins’ overall win-loss record. Cousins is 36-39-2 in his career as a starter. On the road, things are even worse as he’s 13-23-2.

A “great” quarterback leads his teams to big wins and Cousins simply has not done that. He is also extremely bad in primetime games and he is notorious for not being able to win the big one.

Cousins’ record in primetime games is a dismal 5-13. His record against opponents with a winning record is equally bad, as he’s only won four times against teams that have winning records.

This week, he and the Vikings will face the 2-1 Bears on the road and the matchup will be the featured afternoon game nationally.

Now one game isn’t going to immediately shed Cousins of his “can’t win the big one” label. It will, however, help if he can go into the hostile confines of Soldier Field and help Minnesota walk out victorious.

Cousins can’t just be a non-factor in a win either. If he plays awful, but the Vikings’ defense comes up big and wins the game, it won’t help Cousins get rid of his stigma.

He needs to play great, make good decisions with the football, and lead his team to victory. If he’s ever going to flip the script on his career record in big games, it needs to start this Sunday.