4 major observations from Kirk Cousins performance vs. the Commanders

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Kirk Cousins got the job done

As stated previously, this was far from a virtuoso performance from Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings. But as has been the case for the most part in 2022, they got the job done by any means necessary.

Harrison Smith’s interception late on gave Cousins a slight window of opportunity. Something he was able to capitalize on versus a Washington Commanders defense that was in no mood to give an inch.

Cousins maximized his primary playmakers when it mattered most. His final stat line was solid if not spectacular, but the only thing that matters is another win in the column and increasing their NFC North advantage for good measure.

This is a far cry from the Minnesota teams that failed down the stretch in 2021. There is more conviction within this group under new head coach Kevin O’Connell and Cousins looks completely assured in pressurized situations, which is also against the grain of how the signal-caller’s been perceived throughout his career.

The statistics have always been there where Cousins is concerned. If he adds the clutch gene to his production and sustains what we’re currently witnessing, then something special could be happening in the Twin Cities.