5 things to know about the Vikings and Panthers for Week 12

(Photo by Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports) Kirk Cousins
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Of all QBs that have played 15+ games in November, Cousins is the best ever

If you need to re-read that, it’s okay.

Kirk Cousins has a career passer rating of 109.5 in the month of November. With a minimum of 15 starts as the criteria, Cousins’ November passer rating is the best of all-time. The men behind him in this metric are Tony Romo (103.7), Drew Brees (103.4), Russell Wilson (103.0), and Aaron Rodgers (102.5).

That November superstardom was in full effect during Week 11. Cousins was brilliant against the Dallas Cowboys, although the Vikings lost 31-28. Cousins delivered two lead-changing touchdown passes in the fourth quarter. It just wasn’t enough for a downtrodden Vikings defense to overcome.

This weekend, Cousins will attempt to slice and dice a Panthers defense that ranks 15th in points allowed and 18th in yards allowed. Mr. November will seek more fireworks this weekend.

If the Minnesota Vikings defense that stifled Aaron Rodgers a few weeks ago trots onto the field in Week 12, Cousins should have no problem leading the Minnesota Vikings to a 5-6 record.