4 major observations from Kirk Cousins performance at Eagles in Week 2

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Things could have been worse for Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins looked like a rabbit in the headlights just one week removed from a composed, stylish performance to open the campaign. Being down 17 points at the break put the game in his hands, which allowed the Eagles to bring multiple pressure schemes and also provide the secondary with enough momentum to lock down a talented wide receiver core.

The Vikings should use this as a solid measuring stick. Philadelphia look primed to take the NFC East and make the postseason, so things could have been much worse for Cousins looking at the overall picture.

Three interceptions might have been six had the Eagles taken advantage of more turnover opportunities. There was a real hesitancy to Cousins in the pocket in front of a stout Eagles defensive front seven, who caused some rash decision-making made worse by some outstanding coverage from the likes of Darius Slay.

Getting out of the contest with three turnovers was a positive looking at the film, in all honesty. It’s also worth remembering that Cousins also fumbled before it was eventually recovered.

It was a bad night. One that tempers expectations after many across the national media propelled the Vikings into a top-five team after their Week 1 triumph over the Green Bay Packers.