Kirk Cousins "Can Do Better"

Can He, Though?

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Kirk Cousins completes a pass. Photo courtesy Minnesota Vikings

Head Coach Mike Zimmer said about Kirk Cousins‘ miserable performance against the Green Bay Packers: “He can do better.”

Maybe not, as these stats dug up by The Athletic‘s Chad Graff would appear to indicate:

The first: The Vikings averaged more yards per rush (7.24) than they averaged per pass attempt (7.18) [against Green Bay].

The other is most astounding with the context of the last 10 years. In that time, teams are 112-13 when they gain more than 7 yards per play and keep their opposition under 5 yards per play. On Sunday, the Vikings did that. And they still lost. Most concerning about that: Cousins was the quarterback in three of those 13 losses.

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And then there’s this from Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus: Kirk Cousins has the fourth highest percentage of uncatchable passes in the league so far this year. On only 42 attempts.