3 reasons why Kirk Cousins could be the NFL MVP in 2020

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins
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Could the Minnesota Vikings quarterback be the best player in the NFL next season?

After spending his first six seasons in the NFL with the Washington Redskins, Kirk Cousins decided to sign with the Minnesota Vikings in 2018 to try and help the franchise win their first-ever Super Bowl.

Two years into the Cousins experiment, the Vikings still haven’t won a Super Bowl. However, they appear to think Cousins can still be the guy to lead them to a championship.

After finishing each of his two seasons in Minnesota with at least 3,600 passing yards, 26 touchdowns, and a rating over 99, the team decided to give Cousins an extension last March. His new deal will keep him under contract with the Vikings until 2023 and the team is hoping that by then, the quarterback will lead them to a Super Bowl victory.

Now, does Cousins need to play at an MVP-level in order for Minnesota to win a championship? Of course not, but the Vikings’ chances of actually winning a Super Bowl would definitely go up if the veteran quarterback was able to have a season where he was awarded for being the best player in the league.

Recent odds have Cousins with at +4000 to win the 2020 NFL MVP trophy. Currently, there are 13 quarterbacks and two running backs who have better odds than the Minnesota signal-caller.

Just because his Cousins’ odds to win the MVP are low now, it doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be out of the conversation of possible winners. Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes certainly were not the favorites to win the award prior to their MVP seasons.

Still, the concept of Cousins actually winning the award in 2020 might still be difficult for some to take seriously. So let’s go over a few reasons why the Vikings quarterback finishing the upcoming season as the NFL MVP should be viewed as a legitimate possibility.