4 major observations from Kirk Cousins performance vs. the Commanders

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What were the major observations from Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins’ performance at the Washington Commanders?

Sunday’s game was more emotional than most for Kirk Cousins. The quarterback led the Minnesota Vikings to his old stomping ground to take on the Washington Commanders, which is where he spent the first six years of his pro career before a high-profile switch in free agency.

Cousins has been in tremendous form for the Vikings this season. Minnesota was in red-hot form heading into Week 9 at 6-1, but they were made to work extremely hard for a seventh triumph of the campaign to tighten their grip on the NFC North.

The Green Bay Packers lost yet again, so a return to the playoffs looks almost assured for the Vikings in 2022. However, if they want to make their presence felt in the postseason, then things have to improve collectively and Cousins will obviously be a huge part of that.

With that being said, here are four major observations from the performance of Cousins at the Commanders.

Major Observation No. 1

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A hard slog for Kirk Cousins

The Commanders were not going to roll over in the face of their former quarterback. It was a long, hard slog for Cousins and the Vikings from start to finish, with a crucial interception from Harrison Smith late in the contest tipping the scales in Minnesota’s favor.

Cousins ensured this opportunity wasn’t wasted and the Vikings just held on at the death. After the signal-caller failed to get his team over the hump in many close games last season, this was another encouraging sign.