Kirk Cousins Weekly Report Card: Week 4 vs. the Texans

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Passer Rating and QBR

Kirk Cousins dimed his way to a passer rating of 127.1. He was efficient and made the offense around him much better. This game was his best of 2020 — a spot where the Vikings desperately yearned for an upper-echelon output. Request granted.

Behind Aaron Rodgers and rookie Justin Herbert, Cousins’ passer rating was the third-best in all of the NFL in Week 4. Hence, it would be quite awkward to lambast this performance in any way, shape, or form. The QBR was zesty, too. Cousins registered a 68.4 QBR — also his best of 2020.

A QBR improvement was gravely in order. Even with this decent day, Cousins ranks as the NFL’s seventh-worst signal-caller in terms of QBR this season.

Quarterbacks such as Carson Wentz and Sam Darnold are lesser in this metric, but Cousins will need a good October stretch of games to bring his usually respectable QBR back to par.

Grade: A-