The Minnesota Vikings quarterback certainly isn’t having one of his best seasons.
After the first seven games of last season, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was completing 69.8 percent of his passes, throwing for an average of 245 yards per matchup while tossing 13 touchdowns, and only three interceptions.
This year has definitely been a different story for Cousins in his third season with the Vikings. During Minnesota’s first seven games of 2020, the veteran quarterback is completing 65.6 percent of his passes, he’s averaging 234 passing yards per contest, and he has already thrown 10 interceptions to go along with his 12 touchdown passes.
The Vikings just gave Cousins a two-year extension worth $66 million and it’s a decision they’re probably wishing they didn’t make. But thanks to extending him this past offseason, Minnesota could potentially be stuck with him as their starting quarterback until 2023.
Recent ranking doesn’t place the Minnesota Vikings quarterback very high
For anyone who has watched Cousins play this season, it’s not a hard argument to make that he hasn’t been performing well. He’s had a few moments where he made some impressive throws. But overall, Cousins has been a big letdown for the Vikings this year.
Those who cover the NFL outside of Minnesota have also noticed Cousins’ decline in performance this season.
NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Dan Roche recently released his mid-year rankings for each team’s starting quarterbacks and the Vikings signal-caller didn’t even crack the top 25. Roche has Cousins currently ranked as the 27th-best passer in the NFL.
The Minnesota quarterback only ranks higher than five other signal-callers in the NFL right now including Daniel Jones, Sam Darnold, Tua Tagovailoa, Drew Lock, and Andy Dalton. This isn’t the type of company someone should be in after they just signed a lucrative contract extension.
Ranked ahead of Cousins on Roche’s list are guys like Kyle Allen, Gardner Minshew, Carson Wentz, and Josh Allen. The worst part about this is that this ranking for the Vikings quarterback isn’t that outrageous.
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Cousins has nine more games to get back on track and finish with the numbers Minnesota expected him to put up when they extended him last March.