Minnesota Vikings Best and Worst: Week 5 vs. New York Giants

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 06: Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings drops back to pass with pressure from Dexter Lawrence #97 of the New York Giants during the first half of their game at MetLife Stadium on October 06, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
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The best thing

Today’s game makes everything a lot easier. There has been a ton of drama surrounding the Vikings over the last week or so, with most of it being centered around the play of quarterback Kirk Cousins as of late.

While this game won’t silence critics, it will go a long way in restoring hope that the passing game can be a valuable weapon for Minnesota. In this game, Cousins completed a very efficient 22 of his 27 pass attempts for 306 yards and two touchdowns.

Even more, Cousins was able to connect with quite a few of his receivers, including Stefon Diggs. With rumblings of Diggs being unhappy with his current situation, a game where the quarterback connected with him on three passes and the team won should help to relax that tension a bit.

The Giants were extremely hampered by injuries at linebacker and the Vikings were able to use short passes and screens to gain significant yards after the pass while keeping the offensive line’s responsibilities to a minimum. It was a recipe for success for Kirk Cousins.