Analyst says ‘you can win a Super Bowl with Kirk Cousins’

(Photo by Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports) Kirk Cousins
(Photo by Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports) Kirk Cousins /

NBC Sports’ Chris Simms believes Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is capable of being a part of a Super Bowl-winning team.

Last season, only two quarterbacks, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, threw more touchdown passes than Minnesota Vikings signal-caller Kirk Cousins from Week 7 to Week 17.

Cousins got off to a terrible start in 2020. Luckily, however, he was able to get things back on track, and he put together a really impressive performance during the second half of the season.

During Cousins‘ final 10 games of the 2020 campaign, he completed 69.2 percent of his passes, averaged almost 280 passing yards per matchup, threw 24 touchdowns, and was only picked off three times.

Is Kirk Cousins good enough to help the Minnesota Vikings win a Super Bowl?

NBC Sports’ Chris Simms is currently in the middle of revealing his top-40 quarterbacks in the NFL right now. He’s been revealing his list in chunks, and recently, Cousins was a part of the latest group of players to show up on Simms’ rankings.

For the Vikings signal-caller, Simms decided to put him at No. 16 on his list, behind guys like Matt Ryan, Derek Carr, and Baker Mayfield.

Despite the Minnesota quarterback not being given a very favorable ranking by the NBC Sports analyst, Simms still had this to say about Cousins.

"“Kirk Cousins, he’s a good fit for [the Vikings]. You can win a Super Bowl with Kirk Cousins. You can. But it has to be the right formula around him.”"

Simms then went on to say that if he had to make a guess right now, he believes Cousins will still be the starting quarterback for the Vikings in 2022.

His analysis of the Minnesota passer isn’t wrong. Cousins has a ton of talent, but it’s not at a level that’s comparable to some of his peers like Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, or even Tom Brady.

Since he became the Vikings’ head coach in 2014, Mike Zimmer’s strategy has been to win games with a talented defense and a solid rushing attack. So Minnesota doesn’t need Cousins to put the team on his back and carry them to a Super Bowl.

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Teams have won championships in the past by following a similar philosophy to Zimmer’s. Could the Vikings be the next franchise to get the most out of this strategy?