5 most disappointing Vikings of the 2019 season so far

(Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) Xavier Rhodes
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(Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins
(Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins /

Kirk Cousins – QB

It’s hard to have Kirk Cousins on this list after the way he’s played during the last two weeks. Cousins has been on fire lately and he led the Vikings to their first road win in Week 5 and then a big conference win over a good Philadelphia Eagles team on Sunday.

Maybe he’s finally working things out and getting over his inability to win in big spots or against teams with winning records. But before we label him fixed, we have to remember the poor performances he had against the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers earlier this year.

In Week 2 against the Packers, Cousins struggled. He was under a lot of pressure, but he made some poor choices with the football and he held onto the ball too long which resulted in some sacks.

Ultimately, Cousins cost Minnesota a victory over Green Bay with a horrible decision to throw the ball into the end zone while he was backpedaling. What made this decision worse was that it was on first down, and he did not need to throw it there. The play resulted in an interception that all but gave the Packers the win.

Against the Bears in Week 4, Cousins had arguably his worst game of the season. Again the offensive line did him no favors, as he was under constant duress. He did, however, have a lot of open receivers that he just wasn’t seeing. He folded in a big spot, the way he has done most of his career, and it was very frustrating to see.

Again, it appears Cousins is beginning to figure things out and hopefully his recent trend of stellar play can continue. He may be on his way to working his way off the disappointing list. But the Vikings’ two division losses were mostly on him and the team can’t have that from their expensive, franchise quarterback.