The team has consecutive last-second victories and head coach Mike Zimmer seems to be off the hot seat, at least for now.
The play of Cousins has been a huge boost as well.
He faces his fair share of criticism, but one stat in particular shows how well he has done this season.
Highest-graded QB from a clean pocket:
🎯 Kirk Cousins – 94.6
Highest-graded QB when under pressure:
🎯 Kyler Murray – 84.4 pic.twitter.com/K6leufGrDH
— PFF (@PFF) October 21, 2021
When given time, Cousins is delivering the ball at an elite rate.
Showing Off His Accuracy
Cousins led the NFL in completion percentage in 2015 and is currently eighth in the NFL right now with a mark of 69.5 percent.
One thing he is also doing well is avoiding giving the ball away.
Cousins has only thrown two interceptions this season, compared to 13 touchdown tosses.
The only alarming game from the veteran this season came in Week 4 when the Vikings fell by a final of 14-7 against the Cleveland Browns.
The quarterback only threw for 203 yards and had one of his rare interceptions in the game as well.
Going up against the tough Browns defensive front is a fair excuse for having a bad day.
Yet aside from that loss, he has looked elite all year.
Trying To Make Something Happen
Cousins’ current deal ensures he will be with the Vikings through the 2022 season.
The only way that changes is via a trade.
He showed up in 2018 with big expectations after Minnesota made the 2017 NFL Championship Game with Case Keenum under center.
Only three QBs in NFL history have surpassed 30,000 passing yards and 200 touchdowns in their first 115 games played:
– Kirk Cousins
– Peyton Manning
– Dan Marino pic.twitter.com/OZM88SP3eT
— Vikings Communications (@VikingsPR) October 18, 2021
The Vikings have only made the postseason once with Cousins, exiting in the Divisional Round back in 2019.
Yet regardless of how he does the rest of the way, the Vikings are basically stuck with Cousins through next season.
This surprising stat of his great rating when given time shows he is at least doing the things he is supposed to do.
The next step is putting the team on his back and making plays to win each and every week.