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

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Minnesota Vikings
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Overall Grade

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman didn’t back up the Brinks truck (twice) for Kirk Cousins to be a prolific, carry-team-on-his-back type of quarterback, contrary to popular belief.

The Minnesota signal-caller was acquired (and later extended) to bring just the right amount of quarterback oomph to complement a style of football that runs the football and plays abrasive defense. All Mike Zimmer typically asks for is a quarterback to make a handful of big plays and for him to protect the football.

In Week 4, that’s exactly what Cousins did, undeniably. He only had one touchdown pass — a laser to Adam Thielen — because another rich man, Dalvin Cook, took care of the rest.

Rarely will Cousins be put in a spot where he must single-handedly resurrect the Vikings from the dead. He can do it, though. Check out last year’s showdown in Minneapolis with the Denver Broncos.

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Against the Texans, Cousins was resourceful and error-free. Welcome to Mike Zimmer Football.

Grade: A-