Kirk Cousins – QB
Kirk Cousins has been great this season. The guy’s done just about everything he can to get the team to win games, including plenty of clutch drives late in contests.
He doesn’t have the wins to go along with his statistics, and that is mostly because his defense has been failing him late in games. That defense almost blew the lead again, but this time Cousins contributed to that collapse plenty.
Cousins was just off the majority of the night. He overshot Justin Jefferson a couple of times when he was wide open and he was inaccurate on some slants across the middle.
His timing was off with K.J. Osborn and he forced some throws into tight windows. He was ineffective for the majority of the second half, and he and his offensive coordinator couldn’t seem to counter the Steelers’ defensive adjustments.
Cousins also threw two costly interceptions that gave Pittsburgh excellent field position and set them up for some quick scores that improbably got them back into the game. Cousins had routinely been throwing for over 300 plus yards a game but had just 216 on the night.
Luckily for the Vikings, their run game was rolling and Cousins didn’t need to throw a ton to get the win. He will need to be much sharper in the final four games if Minnesota is going to somehow sneak into the playoff picture.