4 silver linings from the Vikings 0-2 start to the 2021 season

(Photo by Michael Chow via Imagn Content Services) Nick Vigil
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Cousins is dialed in

The Vikings are 0-2 this season, but it isn’t because of the play of their quarterback. Kirk Cousins has done a hell of a job through two games and he has given his team every opportunity to win, even with immense pressure on his shoulders and thick hips.

Statistically, Cousins is off to a great start. He threw for 351 yards against the Bengals in Week 1 with a couple of touchdown passes. He threw for 244 more yards against the Cardinals with another three touchdown tosses. That’s two games where he’s put up very nice numbers.

Cousins has also come through in clutch situations, driving his team down the field to set up first, the game-tying field goal in Week 1, and then doing the same in overtime until Dalvin Cook fumbled. He did the same against Arizona, eloquently moving his team into field goal position until Greg Joseph shanked the kick to the right.

Cousins isn’t the Vikings’ problem right now. The guy is locked in and making great decisions with the ball and also getting it out very quickly. He’s even picked up yardage on the ground and has scampered away from pressure numerous times.

If Cousins continues to play to this level, Minnesota will have a great shot to get their first win of the season against the Seahawks this Sunday.