The Minnesota Vikings quarterback didn’t throw the ball around as much as he did in 2018, but he still had a number of very impressive passes last season.
Despite throwing for his lowest amount of yards in a single season since 2014, Kirk Cousins’ 2019 campaign with the Minnesota Vikings was arguably the best performance of his career.
His numbers might have not ended up as high as he would have liked, but Cousins was a very efficient passer last season. In addition to completing 69.1 percent of his throws, his touchdown percentage (5.9) was the highest it’s ever been since he became a full-time starter in 2015 and his interception percentage (1.4) was the lowest of his entire NFL career.
Cousins’ numbers really only saw a dip last year because the Vikings had a balanced offensive attack. He had never attempted fewer than 540 passes in a season since 2015 and last year he finished with less than 450 attempts (444).
Despite having fewer opportunities than he’s had to chuck the ball around in the recent past, Cousins still made a ton of impressive throws in 2019. What are the passes that should be regarded as his best from last season?
Touchdown to Diggs in Week 2
With the Green Bay Packers up 21-10 over the Vikings in the third quarter, Cousins dropped back to pass near midfield with the offense facing a 3rd and 13. Thanks to Minnesota’s offensive line actually giving him plenty of time, the veteran quarterback tossed a beautiful 45-yard pass right into the hands of Stefon Diggs for a touchdown.
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) September 15, 2019
4th and 5 to Treadwell in Week 6
Up 38-20 late over the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter and looking to close out the game, the Vikings went for it on 4th and 5 inside their opponent’s 30-yard line.
Cousins took the snap and rolled out to his left and as he was backing away from oncoming pressure, it appeared as though he might be throwing the ball out of bounds. However, the quarterback was actually aiming for receiver Laquon Treadwell, who proceeded to make the toe-tapping catch and helped seal the win for Minnesota.
Jump pass to Rudolph in Week 10
Early in their Sunday night matchup with the Dallas Cowboys, the Vikings were facing a 2nd and Goal from their opponent’s one-yard line.
Instead of pounding the ball in the end zone with a Dalvin Cook run, Minnesota decided to run a play-action pass that ended with Cousins rolling to his left and jumping in the air as he threw the ball in the back of the end zone where Kyle Rudolph and only Kyle Rudolph could come down with the one-handed snag and score.
— PFF (@PFF) November 11, 2019
Overtime throws in playoff win over Saints
With the pressure on Cousins to come out with his first postseason win ever, the quarterback saved his best for last during the Vikings’ wild-card matchup with the New Orleans Saints.
Minnesota got the ball first in the overtime period and that was all they needed. Cousins didn’t waste much time as he chucked a beautiful deep pass to Adam Thielen for a 43-yard gain that put the Vikings on the Saints two-yard line.
The play that set up the win.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 5, 2020
Cousins then sealed the win two plays later with a tremendous toss into the back corner of the end zone to Rudolph. And no, Rudolph did not push off, sorry Saints fans.