6 takeaways from the Vikings Week 5 win over the Giants

(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins
(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins /
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(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins
(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins /

Cousins is still a good quarterback

After his first four games, no one was taking a risk by saying that Kirk Cousins hasn’t been playing his best football this season. After throwing for 10 touchdowns and more than 1,300 yards in the Vikings’ first four matchups of 2018, Cousins had only 735 passing yards and three touchdowns through the first four weeks this year.

On Sunday against the Giants though, the Minnesota quarterback’s performance resembled something the team saw from him during the early part of last season. During the Vikings’ win over New York, Cousins completed 81 percent of his passes for 306 yards and two touchdowns.

It’s been quite a while since the veteran quarterback put up impressive numbers. Sunday’s passing yardage total was the most Cousins threw for in a single game since Week 12 of last season when he ended with 342 yards against the Green Bay Packers.

Some were probably starting to wonder if the Minnesota signal-caller was ever going to have a game with 300 passing yards this year with Kevin Stefanski running the offense. However, Sunday proved that Cousins’ arm is still going to be an important part of the Vikings’ offense this year.