4 major takeaways from Kirk Cousins performance vs. Lions in Week 3

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What were some major takeaways from the performance of Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins against the Detroit Lions in Week 3?

After a dismal outing at the Philadelphia Eagles, the onus was on quarterback Kirk Cousins to put things right at the earliest possible opportunity in Week 3. While the Detroit Lions posed a threat, especially across their defensive front, this represented a solid opportunity for the Minnesota Vikings to re-establish themselves within the division and get back to winning ways.

Cousins has the tools to lead Minnesota back to the postseason in 2022. But just how far the team can go will be dependent on the former Michigan State standout being more efficient and ridding himself of the costly errors that blighted the signal-caller on Monday Night Football.

It was dramatic and nail-biting, as is often the case. But Cousins and the Vikings eventually got it done to get themselves back on track in the face of a spirited effort from Dan Campbell’s men.

With this in mind, here are four major takeaways from the performance of Cousins in Week 3 versus the Lions.

Major Takeaway No. 1

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Kirk Cousins got better protection

A quarterback is only as good as the offensive line in front of him more often than not. Thankfully for Cousins and the Vikings, the protection in Week 3 was much improved, allowing the signal-caller to go through his reads and play efficient football.

The Lions are no laughing stock anymore. Although first-round selection Aidan Hutchinson was dealing with an injury, Minnesota’s offensive line can take great heart from the way they applied themselves, conceding just one sack for a 10-yard loss.

Cousins will be hoping this continues long into the season. Something that will give the team’s playoff chances a significant shot in the arm.