3 reasons why Kirk Cousins deserves to be in the MVP race

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(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins
(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins /

His numbers so far

Throughout his career as a starting NFL quarterback, Kirk Cousins has always been able to put up impressive numbers each season.

Prior to 2019, Cousins had finished each of his previous four years with at least 4,000 passing yards and 25 touchdowns. Current Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is the only other passer in the league to also accomplish this feat during the last four seasons.

This year, Cousins is on pace to finish with more than 4,000 passing yards and 25 touchdowns once again. If he actually does end up doing it again, he will be one of just 11 quarterbacks in NFL history to have at least five seasons with at least 4,000 passing yards and 25 touchdowns.

Some of the other passers to accomplish this in their career include Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Brett Favre, Dan Marino, Aaron Rodgers, and Drew Brees. These guys are pretty good, right?

So far this season, Cousins has thrown for 2,756 yards, which is the sixth-most in the league and more than two other potential MVP candidates, Russell Wilson and Lamar Jackson. Cousins also currently ranks second in the NFL with 21 touchdowns passes (two more than Jackson) and a 114.8 passer rating (one-tenth lower than Wilson’s).

In addition to these numbers, the Vikings quarterback is completing 70.6 percent of his passes (more accurate than Wilson and Jackson) and he’s only thrown a total of three interceptions (two less than Jackson).

Jackson and Wilson have both led their teams to eight wins so far this year, just like Cousins. With all of these similarities between the three players, the Minnesota quarterback is equally as deserving as the other two to be in the current MVP race.