5 Bold Predictions: Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers – Week 8

The Minnesota Vikings will look to capitalize off last week’s win when they take on the Green Bay Packers
Minnesota Vikings pass rusher Danielle Hunter
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1. Kirk Cousins will pick up where he left off Monday night

One of the most surprising aspects of Monday’s victory over the 49ers was the performance of Kirk Cousins. Cousins laughed in the face of his own primetime narrative, throwing for 378 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

He now gets to open a stretch of three straight games in the noon timeslot against a Packers team that could be severely shorthanded.

Darnell Savage and Eric Stokes were placed on IR earlier this week, while Jaire Alexander missed practice on Thursday with a back injury. Devontae Wyatt and De’Vondre Campbell are also unlikely to play on Sunday.

With all three levels of the Packer defense represented in that group, it could lead to mismatches all over the field for Cousins to exploit.

Cousins also has a strong history against the Packers since signing with the Vikings in 2018. In nine games, Cousins has posted a 100.9 quarterback rating with just over 262 yards per game, 18 touchdowns, and eight interceptions while completing just over 66 percent of his passes.

With a depleted defense in front of him and a strong resume backing him up, Cousins should be able to put together another big game on Sunday afternoon.