Kirk Cousins harshly critiques brutal play in loss to Packers
Kirk Cousins acknowledged his brutal play in the Minnesota Vikings’ Week 2 loss to the Green Bay Packers by conceding another woeful performance like that could have serious consequences.
Cousins’ questionable decision-making and uneven play on Sunday doomed the Vikings’ attempt at staging a monumental comeback against their division rivals. After Aaron Rodgers staked the Packers to an early 21-0 lead, the Vikings’ vaunted defense held the Packers offense in check the rest of the way.
With the Vikings driving in the fourth quarter trailing by only five points, Cousins threw an inexplicable interception — his second of that nature in the game — in the end zone. The Vikings went on to lose by a score of 21-16.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Cousins admitted his gaffe in the red zone was inexcusable, as relayed by the Star Tribune’s Mark Craig.
Cousins on that last pick: “The next time I’m in that situation, the ball’s going in the stands.”— Mark Craig (@markcraignfl) September 18, 2019
Cousins went on to say Wednesday that if he puts up another performance like Sunday, one in which he also lost a fumble to go along with the two picks — not to mention going only 14 of 32 for 230 yards — there’s going to be trouble.
Cousins: “If I play like I did Sunday, I won’t be playing quarterback around here for much longer. And I understand that.”— Mark Craig (@markcraignfl) September 18, 2019
The Vikings of course would find it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to move on from Cousins regardless of how he plays. After all, the team remains on the hook for $29.5 million in guaranteed salary in 2020 after giving Cousins a three-year $84 million contract ahead of the 2018 season.
So, despite Cousins claiming that he won’t be playing quarterback with the Vikings much longer if he continues to play poorly, the Vikings have no choice but to hope the veteran turns things around, and quickly.
Thankfully for Cousins and the Vikings, the Oakland Raiders are heading to Minneapolis in Week 3, so there’s a decent chance the beleaguered quarterback can get things trending back in the right direction.