3 biggest Vikings scapegoats from the loss to the Cowboys in Week 11

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Kirk Cousins – QB

The Vikings’ offensive line needs to apologize to Kirk Cousins for their outing against Dallas. Cousins was pressured on a whopping 63 percent of his dropbacks against the Cowboys, an almost unheard-of percentage.

This terrible protection of Cousins led to the Minnesota quarterback getting sacked seven times against Dallas, a career-high for the veteran signal-caller.

Cousins was left out to dry by his offensive line and by his head coach, as Kevin O’Connell didn’t make any adjustments to try and save the quarterback from taking a beating.

It’s hard to blame Cousins in this loss when he is fighting for his life on every play he drops back, no matter how easy it is to use him as an excuse for a loss.

The Vikings have a quick turnaround for their next game as they face off against another stout defense in the New England Patriots on Thursday night. So let’s hope that Minnesota’s offense makes some changes and protects their quarterback.