4 observations from Kirk Cousins’ dismal performance vs. the Cowboys

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What were some main observations from a disappointing display from Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins in Week 8?

Sunday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys was a real chance for Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings to make a statement. The Super Bowl hopefuls were without star quarterback Dak Prescott due to a calf injury, but Mike Zimmer’s men fell well short of expectations en route to another hugely disappointing loss.

Cousins has been sensational more often than not in 2021. However, his production dipped significantly at just the wrong time and it now leaves Minnesota’s aspirations for the remainder of the season hanging in the balance.

There is still time for the Vikings to turn things around. Although questionable coaching and the loss of stud pass-rusher Danielle Hunter for the season with a torn pec aren’t going to help matters.

As for Cousins, he needs to take a good look in the mirror after arguably his worst performance of the campaign. Here are four main observations from the signal-caller in Week 8.

Observation No. 1

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Cousins looked intimidated

This was as disjointed as it gets for the most part. Something that was incredibly surprising considering the Vikings had extra time to prepare for the game coming off their bye week.

Dallas’ reputation on defense is growing after an incredible start to the campaign. Although he would never admit it, Cousins seemed intimidated by the task awaiting him and was less convincing in his decision-making than he’s been all season.

When a quarterback like Cousins cannot get into a rhythm, the knock-on effect is substantial. And the Cowboys smelled it a mile away.