4 takeaways from the play of Kirk Cousins at the Cardinals in Week 2

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Cousins spread the wealth

One cannot accuse Kirk Cousins of not getting everyone in the passing game involved in Week 2. His 22 successful completions went to six different players throughout the game, which is something the Vikings are going to need moving forward in pursuit of turning their season around.

Much was made about Minnesota not pursuing a true No. 3 receiver in free agency. As it turns out, they already had one on the roster in K.J. Osborn, who is turning a standout offseason into outstanding production on the field.

Not only did Osborn and Cousins connect on their first-quarter touchdown, but the signal-caller clearly trusts the wideout enough to get him the football in crucial situations and move the chains effectively.

Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson led the way with six receptions apiece. Osborn collected five for a team-high 91 receiving yards, with Dalvin Cook and Tyler Conklin also securing two catches apiece.

The result didn’t go Minnesota’s way, obviously. But if Cousins can continue distributing the football in this fashion over the remaining 15 games, the Vikings might be able to turn things around in a similar manner to what they achieved in 2020 after their bye week.