4 reasons why Kirk Cousins is entering the biggest game of his career
By Nik Edlund
He can begin to live up to his contract
Kirk Cousins is being paid handsomely to be the Vikings’ quarterback. He was given a three-year, $84 million deal that was completely guaranteed. It was the largest fully-guaranteed contract in NFL history and it was also one of the most lucrative at the time of the signing.
Now it has fallen down the list a bit, but it is still a ton of money that some fans and folks in the media can’t seem to get over.
The reason they can’t is that through 19 games Cousins under center, the Vikings are just 10-8-1. They are paying that much money to their quarterback so that they can be just a hair above average.
Cousins’ play has been a reason for the record. He’s thrown for a lot of yardage and touchdowns, but he can’t seem to get the wins, especially in big spots.
Minnesota is paying Cousins to elevate the team and win important games and he has fallen short of these expectations after a little more than a year.
This Sunday against the Bears, Cousins can start to really earn that money. This is a huge game for the Vikings and if they are going to win, their quarterback is going to need to play at an $84 million level.
Even with Minnesota’s improved offensive line, Cousins will likely be under intense pressure all day. He will also be facing an extremely opportunistic defense that is always looking to get a takeaway.
Cousins has shown the ability to make any NFL throw imaginable and if he can play up to his talent level, he can win this game for the Vikings and begin to make everyone see why they paid him as much as they did.