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Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins is a solid QB but becomes 1 of the best players in the league when utilizing play action passes

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Kirk Daniel Cousins (born August 19, ) is an American footballquarterback for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Michigan State, where he was the Spartans' starter from to , and was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the fourth round of the NFL Draft. Originally drafted as a backup to fellow rookie Robert Griffin III, he would occasionally appear in games, along with a few starts, during his first three seasons with the team. In the preseason, Cousins replaced an injured Griffin and remained the team's starter from then until the season.

During his time with the Redskins, he set numerous franchise records and appeared in the Pro Bowl. After two years of being unable to agree with the Redskins on a long-term deal, signing two franchise tags in the process, he signed a three-year, fully guaranteed $84 million contract as a free agent with the Vikings in At the time, this deal made him the highest paid player on a per-year basis in NFL history.

Early life

Cousins is the son of Don Cousins, a senior pastor at Discovery Church in Orlando, Florida,[1] and Maryann Cousins. He is the second of three children. Born in Barrington, Illinois,[2] Cousins attended Holland Christian High School in Holland, Michigan, where he starred in football, baseball (as a third baseman and a pitcher), and basketball for the Maroons athletic teams. He broke his ankle in his junior year and was forced to attend camps in order to make an impression with recruiting colleges.[3] Cousins finished his high school football career with 3, passing yards, 40 touchdowns, and 18 interceptions.[4]

After high school, Cousins was set to sign with Toledo or Western Michigan, until Mark Dantonio became the head coach at Michigan State in After Dantonio failed to sign his top targets at quarterback, he offered a scholarship to Cousins, which he accepted. He also participated in Athletes in Action sports ministry. Cousins majored in kinesiology throughout his college career.[5]

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College career

Cousins was redshirted for the season.[6] In , he spent the season as the backup quarterback to Brian Hoyer. He played in five games passing for a total of yards and two touchdowns and one interception.[7][8] In , he competed for and won the starting quarterback job against teammate Keith Nichol. He led Michigan State to a 6–7 (4–4) season with 19 touchdowns, 9 interceptions and 2, passing yards in 12 games.[9] In , he led Michigan State to an 11–2 (7–1) record and a share of the Big Ten Championship.[10] In , his Michigan State Spartans went 11–3 (7–2) and played in the first ever Big Ten championship game.[11] Cousins was named Second Team All-Big Ten by the coaches, and played his final game as a Michigan State Spartan on January 2, defeating the Georgia Bulldogs in the Outback Bowl.[12] His teams posted an undefeated 4–0 record against the in-state rival Michigan Wolverines.[13] Cousins won the Lowes's Senior CLASS Award.[14]

College statistics

Professional career

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Washington Redskins

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Cousins was selected by the Washington Redskins as the seventh choice in the fourth round of the NFL Draft, making him the nd draft pick overall.[16] The pick surprised many analysts, as the Redskins had drafted Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick to be their franchise quarterback. The Redskins acquired the Griffin III pick by giving the St. Louis Rams four high-value draft picks over three years.[17] Cousins was viewed as an insurance policy in case Griffin was injured, with Redskins coach Mike Shanahan saying "You're one or two plays away from being the starterAnd if I see that value out there on the third day of the draft, I'm going to take that."[18] The Redskins drafting Griffin and Cousins in the same draft echoed the team's strategy in the NFL draft, when the team drafted Heath Shuler with the third overall pick and later drafted Gus Frerotte in the seventh round. Cousins officially signed a four-year contract with the Redskins on May 31, [19]

In the second game of the preseason against the Chicago Bears, Cousins threw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, though the Bears would go on to win 33–[20] In the fourth and final game of preseason, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cousins completed 15 of 27 passes for yards as the Redskins won 30–3. He was named the backup quarterback over incumbent starter Rex Grossman.

Cousins made his regular season debut in the third quarter of a Week 5 loss to the Atlanta Falcons after Griffin suffered a concussion. Cousins threw his first career touchdown pass on a yard pass to Santana Moss, but threw two interceptions in the last two series of the game while trying to tie the game.[21]

His second NFL appearance came in Week 14 against the Baltimore Ravens. On the final drive of the game, with the Redskins down 8, Griffin suffered a knee injury. Cousins went 2–2 and finished the drive with an yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garçon with 29 seconds remaining, to bring the Redskins within 2 points of the Ravens. On the two-point conversion, Shanahan called for a run/pass option, and Cousins scored on a quarterback draw to tie the game at In overtime, rookie cornerback Richard Crawford gave the Redskins excellent field position after a yard punt return, setting up a game-winning field goal.[22]

The following week, on December 15, , Cousins was announced as the Redskins starter for the Week 15 game against the Cleveland Browns, marking his first career start.[23] After a slow first half, Cousins rallied the offense to a point second half. Cousins finished the day of for yards with 2 touchdown passes, bringing the Washington Redskins a 38–21 win.[24][25] Later that week, Cousins was voted the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week, becoming the third Redskins rookie to receive the honor that season (after Griffin and Alfred Morris).[26] Overall in the regular season, Cousins appeared in three games with passing yards, four touchdowns, and three interceptions.[27]

The Redskins' qualified for the playoffs with a 10–6 record.[28] In the Wild Card Round, they faced the Seattle Seahawks. In the 24–14 loss, Cousins came into the game late in the fourth quarter in relief of an injured Griffin III. He finished the game 3-of for 31 yards and was unable to rally the team to victory.[29]

season

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On December 11, , Cousins was named starting quarterback for the rest of the season after Shanahan deactivated Robert Griffin III for the remainder of the season in order to protect him for the following year, with Rex Grossman as Cousins's backup.[30][31] In a Week 15 27–26 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, he finished of for yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions.[32] Cousins appeared in 5 games and recorded passing yards, 4 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions.[33]

season

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On February 2, , it was reported that Cousins had stated that he was open to a trade from the Redskins.[34]

In March, Cousins announced that he would be giving the #12 jersey to new teammate wide receiver Andre Roberts, for the price of a $12, donation to the Kirk Cousins Football Camp. Cousins then switched over to the #8 jersey, a number he wore throughout his high school and college career.[35]

During Week 2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cousins came in relief of Griffin who left the game with a dislocated ankle. Cousins finished the game with passing yards and two touchdowns in a 41–10 victory.[36] In Week 3 against the Philadelphia Eagles, Cousins started the game and threw for yards, the first game he had over passing yards. Washington still lost an ensuing slugfest to the Eagles 34–[37] In Week 4 against the New York Giants, Cousins had a poor showing, throwing for one touchdown with four interceptions and a lost fumble.[38] The Redskins were blown out 45–14 with a total of 6 turnovers.

In Week 5, against the defending Super Bowl championSeattle Seahawks, Cousins showed progress from the embarrassing loss to the Giants by throwing for two touchdowns without an interception, including a yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson. Despite the solid performance from Cousins, the Redskins lost the game by a score of 27–[39] Following a poor performance in the first half in the Week 7 game against the Tennessee Titans, he was benched at halftime in favor of backup quarterback Colt McCoy, and did not play in any more games for the remainder of the season.[40]

season

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Cousins during a Redskins game in

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On August 31, , Cousins was named the starter for the season over Robert Griffin III.[41] On October 4, Cousins led a yard game-winning drive against the Philadelphia Eagles, his first since , when he threw a touchdown pass to Pierre Garçon with under a minute left in the fourth quarter, winning the game 23–[42]

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On October 25, Cousins helped lead the Redskins to their largest comeback win in franchise history. After being down 24–0 in the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home, Cousins finished with yards and four total touchdowns, three passing and one rushing, throwing the final touchdown pass to Jordan Reed in the final seconds of the game.[43] Cousins also tied a franchise record for completions in a game with 33, tying Jason Campbell, who did the same in When heading into the locker room after the game, Cousins was caught on camera shouting "You like that?!" to reporters, which later become a catchphrase used by Cousins, his teammates, and Redskin fans throughout the rest of the season.[44] Cousins and his brother Kyle applied to trademark the catchphrase later in the season, and began to sell T-shirts with the phrase to raise money for the International Justice Mission charitable organization.[45][46][47][48]

Against the New Orleans Saints on November 15, Cousins threw for a career-high four touchdowns, as well as posting a perfect passer rating of , making him the first Redskins quarterback since to do that with at least 20 attempts.[lower-alpha 1][49][50] Against the Buffalo Bills on December 20, Cousins passed for four touchdowns, and ran for another in a Redskins victory, marking his second four touchdown passing game of the season.[51]

The following week against the Philadelphia Eagles, Cousins took an ill-advised quarterback kneel inside the Eagles' redzone with six seconds left before halftime, running out the clock and forgoing any chance of adding upon the Redskins' lead.[52] Despite that, Cousins eventually passed for four touchdowns in the game, his second consecutive four touchdown performance and third overall on the season. The performance led to the Redskins victory over the Eagles with a score of 38–24, which allowed the team to win the NFC East division title for the first time since Griffin III did it in [53][54]

Cousins finished the season posting the highest completion percentage () in home games in NFL history, with a minimum of attempts, leading the Redskins to a 6–2 record at home.[55] He also became the first Redskins quarterback since Sonny Jurgensen in to have at least four passing touchdowns in three or more games in one season.[56] Against the Dallas Cowboys on January 3, , he set the Redskins' single-season passing yardage record with 4,, passing Jay Schroeder who had 4, in [57] He also finished the season with 29 passing touchdowns, second in Redskins history behind Sonny Jurgensen who had 31 in , while posting a league-leading completion percentage of %, second in team history behind Sammy Baugh who completed % of his passes in [57]

Against the Green Bay Packers in the Wild Card Round on January 10, , Cousins completed of passes for yards and two touchdowns, and was sacked six times and lost one fumble. The Redskins lost 35–18, ending their season.[58] He was ranked 85th by his fellow players on the NFL Top Players of [59]

season

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Cousins was set to become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, but the Redskins used the non-exclusive franchise tag on him on March 1, The tag acted as a one-year, $20 million contract, which prevented other teams in the league from signing him without giving up two first round draft picks to the Redskins.[60][61]

During the Week 8 International Series game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Wembley Stadium, Cousins threw for a career-high passing yards, as the game ended in a 27–27 tie.[62] As the game ended in a tie, it also marked the first time a game held in London went into overtime. In a Week 11 game against the Green Bay Packers, Cousins threw for yards along with three touchdowns, earning him his third NFC Offensive Player of the Week award.[63] After the game, Cousins was caught on camera asking Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan "How you like me now?", which many in the media believed Cousins was addressing concerns about his potentially lucrative long-term contract with the team next season.[64] In a Thanksgiving Day loss against the Dallas Cowboys, Cousins completed 41 of 53 passes for yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions, putting him second on the list of most passing yards in a Thanksgiving Day game in NFL history.[65] For his accomplishments in the month of November, Cousins won the NFC Offensive Player Of The Month award, his second time winning the award.[66][67] In Week 16 on Christmas Eve, against the Chicago Bears, Cousins had a career-high two rushing touchdowns in the 41–21 victory.[68] Despite missing the playoffs, Cousins lead the team to a winning record of 8–7–1, and finished the season with a career-high 4, passing yards, which was third in the NFL behind Drew Brees and Matt Ryan, breaking various personal and team records he had set the previous year.[69][70] Cousins' 67% completion percentage ranked No. 7 and his % deep ball completion percentage ranked No. 5 among NFL quarterbacks in [71]

Due to his performance in the season, Cousins was named to his first Pro Bowl, replacing Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who could not take in the part in the game because of the Falcons appearance in Super Bowl LI.[72] At the game, Cousins played throughout most of the second half, and notably forced a fumble on Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib after chasing him down the field after throwing an interception late in the fourth quarter.[73] Cousins was also ranked 70th by his peers on the NFL Top Players of [74]

season

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Again set to become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, Cousins and the team attempted to work out a long-term deal before the start of free agency, but could only come to an agreement on the exclusive franchise tag on February 28, , becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to be franchise tagged in consecutive years.[75] In a Week 3 victory over the Oakland Raiders on NBC Sunday Night Football, Cousins went for for a season-high yards and three touchdowns, earning him his fourth NFC Offensive Player of the Week award of his career.[76][77] In Week 10, against the Minnesota Vikings, Cousins tied his single-game career-high with two rushing touchdowns in the 38–30 defeat.[78] Overall, in the season, Cousins and Redskins finished with a 7–9 record and missed the playoffs.[79] He finished the season of for 4, yards, 27 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions.[80] The season marked his third consecutive season of passing for at least 4, yards. In addition to his passing totals, he rushed 49 times for yards and four rushing touchdowns. He was ranked 94th by his peers on the NFL Top Players of [81]

Minnesota Vikings

season

Template:Rellink On March 15, , Cousins signed with the Minnesota Vikings on a fully guaranteed three-year contract worth $84 million.[82] This is the first fully guaranteed, and as of signing, the highest paying contract in NFL history.[83]

In his Vikings debut in the season opener against the San Francisco 49ers, he passed for yards and two touchdowns in the 24–16 victory.[84] During Week 2 against the Green Bay Packers, Cousins finished with passing yards, four touchdowns, and an interception as the game ended in a 29–29 tie.[85] In Week 4, in a narrow 38–31 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday Night Football, he had passing yards and three passing touchdowns.[86] Despite the strong statistical start to the season for Cousins, inconsistency within the offense and coaching staff would end up impacting the Vikings' season. With the Vikings at 6–6–1 going into Week 14 against the Seattle Seahawks, the Vikings were still in the playoff hunt. However, a 21–7 loss on Monday Night Football resulted in the firing of Cousins's offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.[87] The Vikings won their next two games against the Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions with Cousins passing for five touchdowns and one interception combined.[88][89] In the regular season finale against the Chicago Bears, the Vikings controlled their own destiny to make the playoffs with a win. However, the Vikings fell 24–10 with Cousins passing for yards and a touchdown.[90] Cousins finished his first season with the Vikings with 4, passing yards, 30 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.[91]

NFL career statistics

Regular season

Year Team Games Passing Rushing Sacked Fumbles
GGSCompAttPctYdsAvgTDIntRtgAttYdsAvgTDSackYdsFumLost
WAS31334843322032710
WAS538147414053232
WAS651,109720087022
WAS16164,2911264852693
WAS16164,2512349642393
WAS16164,271349441135
MIN16164,30104414097
Total78731,2,20,65141,4622

Postseason

Year Team Games Passing Rushing Sacked Fumbles
GGSCompAttPctYdsAvgTDIntRtgAttYdsAvgTDSackYdsFumLost
WAS1031031001000010
WAS1129461022165930
Total2156321032165940

NFL records

Redskins franchise records

  • Most yard passing games in one season (6)
  • Most yard passing games in career (24) [92]
  • Most pass completions in a regular season () [93]
  • Most consecutive passes without an interception at home ()
  • Most yard passing games in career (3) [94]
  • Most 4,yard passing seasons (3) [95]
  • Most consecutive 4,yard passing seasons (3)[96]

Personal life

Cousins married Julie Hampton on June 28, , in Atlanta, Georgia.[97] Cousins is a Christian.[98] During his time with the Redskins, Cousins earned the nickname "Captain Kirk" from the media for his presence as a leader, referencing a character from Star Trek.[99] Cousins also appeared in several commercials with Easterns Motors, a local D.C. used car dealership, with former Redskin teammates Josh Norman and Ryan Kerrigan.[][][]

Notes

  1. ↑Don Cousins. Discovery Church. Archived from the original on January 14, Retrieved on November 21,
  2. ↑Kirk Cousins, QB for the Washington Redskins. Archived from the original on November 19, Retrieved on November 25,
  3. ↑Rookie on the Field, Veteran in the Faith. Cbn.com. Archived from the original on September 10, Retrieved on August 19,
  4. ↑Staples, Andy (October 21, ). Michigan State's Kirk Cousins beat odds to become face of Big Ten. Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on March 20, Retrieved on October 14,
  5. ↑"Big Ten Medal of Honor: Kirk Cousins, Michigan State Football", Big Ten Conference. (en) Archived from the original on March 15, &#;
  6. ↑Schlabach, Mark. Schlabach: Cousins relishes underdog role. Archived from the original on November 7,
  7. ↑ Michigan State Spartans Stats (in en). Archived from the original on November 7,
  8. ↑Kirk Cousins Game Log (in en). Archived from the original on November 7,
  9. ↑Kirk Cousins Game Log (in en). Archived from the original on November 7,
  10. ↑Kirk Cousins Game Log (in en). Archived from the original on November 7,
  11. ↑Kirk Cousins Game Log (in en). Archived from the original on November 7,
  12. ↑Outback Bowl – Michigan State vs Georgia Box Score, January 2, (in en). Archived from the original on November 7,
  13. ↑"Complete All-Big Ten football teams", November 29, Retrieved on November 30, &#;
  14. ↑ Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Football Winner – Kirk Cousins. YouTube (January 5, ). Archived from the original on April 28, Retrieved on August 19,
  15. ↑NFL Combine Profile. Nfl.com. Archived from the original on June 22, Retrieved on August 19,
  16. ↑Rosenthal, Gregg. "Kirk Cousins: Washington Redskins' future backup QB", nfl.com, April 28, Archived from the original on December 15, &#;
  17. ↑NFL Draft Washington Redskins make surprise move drafting Michigan State QB Kirk CousinsTemplate:Webarchive
  18. ↑– USATODAY.com.
  19. ↑Tinsman, Brian (May 31, ). Redskins Sign Fourth-Round Pick Cousins. Redskins.com. Archived from the original on June 2, Retrieved on May 31,
  20. ↑Offensive line takes step in right direction. Chicagobears.com. Archived from the original on January 3, Retrieved on August 19,
  21. ↑Tinsman, Brian. "Cousins: 'I Tried To Do Too Much'", Redskins.com, October 7, Retrieved on October 7, Archived from the original on October 9, &#;
  22. ↑Tinsman, Brian (December 10, ). Monday Morning Stats Pack: Redskins-Ravens. Redskins.com. Archived from the original on December 12, Retrieved on December 10,
  23. ↑Hanzus, Dan (December 15, ). RG3 will not start for Washington Redskins on Sunday. National Football League. Archived from the original on December 17, Retrieved on December 15,
  24. ↑Withers, Tom (December 16, ). Cousins leads Redskins over Browns 38– Yahoo.com. Archived from the original on December 19, Retrieved on December 17,
  25. ↑Tinsman, Brian (December 17, ). Victory Monday Stats Pack: Redskins-Browns. Redskins. Archived from the original on December 19, Retrieved on December 19,
  26. ↑Tinsman, Brian (December 21, ). Cousins, Redskins Sweep Weekly Awards. Redskins.com. Archived from the original on December 30, Retrieved on December 24,
  27. ↑Kirk Cousins Game Log (in en). Archived from the original on July 1,
  28. ↑ NFL Standings & Team Stats (in en). Archived from the original on March 31,
  29. ↑Wild Card – Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redskins – January 6th, (in en). Archived from the original on August 2,
  30. ↑Keirn, John. "Redskins to start Kirk Cousins", December 11, Retrieved on December 11, Archived from the original on December 11, &#;
  31. ↑Farrar, Doug. "Kirk Cousins to start for Redskins; RGIII will be deactivated for rest of the season", December 11, Retrieved on December 11, Archived from the original on December 11, &#;
  32. ↑Washington Redskins at Atlanta Falcons – December 15th, (in en). Archived from the original on January 4,
  33. ↑Kirk Cousins Game Log (in en). Archived from the original on June 29,
  34. ↑Wilkening, Mike. Report: Kirk Cousins "open" to trade from Washington.. Archived from the original on February 19, Retrieved on February 2,
  35. ↑Walker, Andrew. Kirk Cousins Switches Back To Trusty No. 8. The Redskin Blog. Archived from the original on April 19, Retrieved on April 17,
  36. ↑Jacksonville Jaguars at Washington Redskins – September 14th, (in en). Archived from the original on August 28,
  37. ↑Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles – September 21st, (in en). Archived from the original on January 4,
  38. ↑Jones, Mike. "Kirk Cousins has five turnovers, Eli Manning has five TDs, and Giants top Redskins, 45–14", WashingtonPost.com, September 26, Retrieved on June 20, Archived from the original on June 21, &#;
  39. ↑Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redskins – October 6th, (in en). Archived from the original on November 10,
  40. ↑Redskins bench Kirk Cousins in second half Week 7. fantasynews.cbssports.com (October 19, ). Archived from the original on October 21, Retrieved on October 21,
  41. ↑Kirk Cousins named Redskins' starting QB for season. ESPN (August 31, ). Archived from the original on September 1, Retrieved on August 31,
  42. ↑Kirk Cousins leads Redskins on yard game-winning drive to beat Eagles, 23– Washington Post. Archived from the original on October 4, Retrieved on October 5,
  43. ↑Kirk Cousins quiets critics as Redskins complete best comeback in team history. ESPN. Archived from the original on October 26, Retrieved on October 25,
  44. ↑How Kirk Cousins' 'You like that?!' became a Washington rallying cry. ESPN. Archived from the original on January 9, Retrieved on January 9,
  45. ↑Kirk Cousins is serenaded with ‘You Like That’ love at FedEx Field. Washington Post. Archived from the original on December 25, Retrieved on December 25,
  46. ↑Chris Baker brings back ‘You like that’ after Kirk Cousins’s big game. Washington Post. Archived from the original on December 25, Retrieved on December 25,
  47. ↑Kirk Cousins is hawking ‘YOU LIKE THAT’ T-shirts for charity. Washington Post. Archived from the original on December 25, Retrieved on December 25,
  48. ↑Kirk Cousins and his brother have applied to trademark ‘You Like That’. Washington Post. Archived from the original on December 24, Retrieved on December 25,
  49. ↑Kirk Cousins Delivers All-Time-Best Performance. Redskins.com. Archived from the original on November 17, Retrieved on November 15,
  50. ↑Kirk Cousins throws career-high 4 TDs as Redskins rout Saints. ESPN. Archived from the original on November 16,
  51. ↑Cousins’s five TDs lead Redskins past Bills, 35–25, and fans certainly like that. Washington Post. Archived from the original on December 21, Retrieved on December 21,
  52. ↑Kirk Cousins costs Redskins shot at points by taking knee. USA Today. Archived from the original on December 27, Retrieved on December 27,
  53. ↑Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles – December 26th, (in en). Archived from the original on July 5,
  54. ↑Redskins clinch NFC East with win over Eagles. Archived from the original on December 27, Retrieved on December 27,
  55. ↑One stat puts Cousins ahead of Brady, Manning, Brees, others. Archived from the original on December 23, Retrieved on December 22,
  56. ↑Kirk Cousins to Jordan Reed connection is among best ones going now. Washington Post. Archived from the original on December 27, Retrieved on December 27,
  57. Kirk Cousins sets Redskins single-season yardage record. Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved on January 3,
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  59. ↑'Top Players of ': No. 85 Kirk Cousins. Archived from the original on May 12,
  60. ↑Hanzus, Dan. Washington Redskins franchise tag Kirk Cousins.
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  66. ↑Redskins Quarterback Kirk Cousins Named NFC Offensive Player Of The Month. Archived from the original on December 2, Retrieved on December 1,
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  87. ↑John DeFilippo fired as Vikings' offensive coordinator after only 13 games (in en).
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Kirk Cousins Highlights (Week 16) - NFL

Kirk Cousins throws 3 TDs, leads Vikings past Lions

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) and teammates react after Cousins' touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Jan. 3, , in Detroit.

DETROIT — Kirk Cousins threw for yards and three touchdowns, lifting the Minnesota Vikings to a win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday in a matchup of teams finishing disappointing seasons.

The Vikings () failed for the fourth time in a decade to make two straight trips to the playoffs. They won five of six midway through the season to return to the postseason race, but dashed hopes by losing three straight before closing with a win at Detroit.

The Lions () lost their last four games eight of 10 after going into November with a record under former coach Matt Patricia.

Detroit's defense broke franchise records by allowing points and 6, yards, breaking marks set by its winless team in and ranking among the worst in NFL history.

In a matchup without postseason implications, the Vikings and Lions combined to play a closely contested game with a lot of highlights and lowlights.

Alexander Mattison ran for 16 yards to convert a fourth-and-1 from the Lions 25 with left, allowing the Vikings to run out the clock to seal the win. The second-year running back ran for 95 yards and a third-quarter touchdown and turned a short pass on fourth down into a yard score in the first quarter.

Mattison filled in for running back Dalvin Cook, who missed the game following the death of his father.

Cousins, of Holland, was 28 of 40 and didn't throw an interception, finishing with his highest total of yards passing since Sept. 27,

Justin Jefferson had nine receptions for yards, breaking the NFL rookie record for yards receiving set by Anquan Boldin in

Detroit's Matthew Stafford — playing with ankle, rib and thumb injuries — was 20 of 31 for yards with three touchdowns. In possibly his last game with the Lions, he threw an interception that led to Dan Bailey's field goal that put the Vikings ahead in the third quarter.

Marvin Jones had eight receptions for yards and two touchdowns for the the Lions.

INJURY REPORT

Vikings: Four injured starters on defense were inactive: cornerback Cameron Dantzler (hamstring), defensive ends Jalyn Holmes (groin) and defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo (chest) along with linebacker Eric Kendricks (calf).

Lions: OT Halapoulivaati Vaitai and OG Jonah Jackson left the game with concussions. DT Nick Williams had an ankle injury during the game. WR Kenny Golladay was inactive and was limited to just five games because of a hip injury after leading the NFL in receiving touchdowns last season.

UP NEXT

The Vikings will pick in the top half of the first round for the first time since , when they picked cornerback Trae Waynes at 11th overall. They have significant needs on the defensive line and to a lesser extent the offensive line.

The Lions have been looking for a new general manager and evaluating potential coaching candidates since firing Bob Quinn and Patricia in November. The searches should kick up a notch now that the regular season is over.

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford scrambles during the second half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Jan. 3, , in Detroit.

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Vikings' Kirk Cousins Regrets Not Watching Himself on Tape Earlier in His Career

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NFL quarterbacks watch a lot of film. But Kirk Cousins apparently focused early in his career on watching film of his opponents rather than self-evaluating.

The Minnesota Vikings veteran told reporters he watched the entirety of his career for the first time this offseason:

Cousins was a fourth-round draft pick of the Washington Football Team in and spent his first three seasons backing up Robert Griffin III. But the latter's injury issues and declining play opened the door for Cousins to seize the starting job, and a strong campaign (4, passing yards, 29 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, league-high completion percentage) ensured he didn't give it back.

Washington cut Griffin after the season, and Cousins held down the starting gig for the next two years before signing with the Vikings in free agency, earning a three-year, $84 million deal that at the time made him the highest-compensated player in NFL history.

He signed a two-year, $66 million extension in , which will keep him under contract through the season.

Cousins had a strong statistical campaign last year, throwing for 4, yards and 35 touchdowns with 13 interceptions while completing percent of his passes. But the Vikings went just , missed the playoffs for the second time in his three years as the starter and inquired about trading up to the No. 8 pick, reportedly to select Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields.

It's unlikely the Vikings would have wanted to give up the assets necessary to get a player such as Fields if they planned to keep him on the sideline for long, putting Cousins' future with the team in doubt.

Minnesota drafted Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond in the third round.

Mond will be Cousins' backup—the Vikings also have quarterbacks Jake Browning and Nate Stanley—and one piece of advice the veteran will likely impart upon his young teammate will be to watch film of himself, early and often.

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Kirk Cousins 2015/16 Highlights

Kirk Cousins

American football player

Kirk Daniel Cousins (born August 19, ) is an American footballquarterback for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Michigan State and was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the fourth round of the NFL Draft as a backup to fellow rookie Robert Griffin III. Cousins occasionally appeared in games during his first three seasons before replacing Griffin following an injury in , where he remained the team's starter until With the Washington Redskins, Cousins set numerous franchise records and was named to the Pro Bowl.

After two years of signing franchise tags and being unable to agree with the team on a long-term deal, Cousins signed a fully guaranteed three-year US$84 million contract with the Vikings as a free agent in He ranks third all-time in completion percentage with at least 1, pass attempts,[1] and is sixth in the NFL's all-time regular season career passer rating.

Early life[edit]

Cousins is the son of Don Cousins, a senior pastor at Discovery Church in Orlando, Florida,[2] and Maryann Cousins. He is the second of three children. Born in Barrington, Illinois,[3] Cousins attended Holland Christian High School in Holland, Michigan, where he starred in football, baseball (as a third baseman and a pitcher), and basketball for the Maroons athletic teams. He broke his ankle in his junior year and was forced to attend camps in order to make an impression with recruiting colleges.[4] Cousins finished his high school football career with 3, passing yards, 40 touchdowns, and 18 interceptions.[5]

After high school, Cousins was set to sign with Toledo or Western Michigan, until Mark Dantonio became the head coach at Michigan State in After Dantonio failed to sign his top targets at quarterback, he offered a scholarship to Cousins, which he accepted. He also participated in the Athletes in Actionsports ministry.[citation needed]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40Commit date
Kirk Cousins
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Holland, MI Holland Christian HS6&#;ft 3&#;in (&#;m) &#;lb (93&#;kg) Jan 19, &#;
Recruiting star ratings:Scout:2/5 stars&#;&#;&#;Rivals:3/5 stars&#;&#;&#;Sports:&#;N/A
Overall recruiting rankings:Scout: – (QB) &#;&#;Rivals: – (QB), 27 (MI)
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a point scale.

Sources:

College career[edit]

Cousins was redshirted for the season.[6] In , he spent the season as the backup quarterback to Brian Hoyer. He played in five games passing for a total of yards and two touchdowns and one interception.[7][8] In , he competed for and won the starting quarterback job against teammate Keith Nichol. He led Michigan State to a 6–7 (4–4) season with 19 touchdowns, 9 interceptions and 2, passing yards in 12 games.[9] In , he led Michigan State to an 11–2 (7–1) record and a share of the Big Ten Championship.[10]

In , the Spartans went 11–3 (7–2) and played in the first-ever Big Ten championship game.[11] Cousins was named Second Team All-Big Ten by the coaches, and played his final game as a Michigan State Spartan on January 2, , defeating the Georgia Bulldogs in the Outback Bowl.[12] His teams posted an undefeated 4–0 record against the in-state rival Michigan Wolverines.[13] Cousins won the Lowes's Senior CLASS Award.[14] Cousins majored in kinesiology.[15]

College statistics[edit]

Season GP Passing
CompAttPctYdsTDInt
5324321
132,199
132,2010
143,2510
Career451,9,6630

Professional career[edit]

Cousins was selected by the Washington Redskins as the seventh choice in the fourth round of the NFL Draft, making him the nd draft pick overall.[18] The pick surprised many analysts, as the Redskins had drafted Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick to be their franchise quarterback. The Redskins acquired the Griffin III pick by giving the St. Louis Rams four high-value draft picks over three years.[19] Cousins was viewed as an insurance policy in case Griffin was injured, with Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan saying "You're one or two plays away from being the starterAnd if I see that value out there on the third day of the draft, I'm going to take that."[20] The Washington Redskins drafting Griffin and Cousins in the same draft echoed the team's strategy in the NFL draft, when the team drafted Heath Shuler with the third overall pick and later drafted Gus Frerotte in the seventh round.[21]

Washington Redskins[edit]

season: Rookie year[edit]

See also: Washington Redskins season

On May 31, , Cousins signed a four-year contract with the Washington Redskins.[22]

In the second game of the preseason against the Chicago Bears, Cousins threw three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, though the Redskins would go on to lose 33–[23] In the fourth and final game of preseason, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cousins completed 15 of 27 passes for yards as the Redskins won 30–3. He was named the backup quarterback over incumbent starter Rex Grossman.

Cousins made his NFL debut in the third quarter of a Week 5 loss to the Atlanta Falcons after Griffin suffered a concussion. Cousins threw his first NFL touchdown pass on a yard pass to Santana Moss but threw two interceptions in the last two series of the game while trying to tie the game.[24]

Cousins' second NFL appearance came in Week 14 against the Baltimore Ravens. On the final drive of the game, with the Redskins down 8, Griffin suffered a knee injury. Cousins went 2–2 and finished the drive with an yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garçon with 29 seconds remaining, to bring the Redskins within 2 points of the Ravens. On the two-point conversion, Shanahan called for a run/pass option, and Cousins scored on a quarterback draw to tie the game at The Redskins would win in overtime 31–[25]

The following week, on December 15, , Cousins was announced as the Redskins starter for the Week 15 game against the Cleveland Browns, marking his first NFL start.[26] After a slow first half, Cousins rallied the offense to a point second half. Cousins finished the day of for yards with 2 touchdown passes, bringing the Redskins a 38–21 win.[27][28] Later that week, Cousins was voted the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week, becoming the third Redskins rookie to receive the honor that season (after Griffin and Alfred Morris).[29]

Cousins finished his rookie year with passing yards, four touchdowns, and three interceptions in three games and one start.[30]

The Washington Redskins finished atop the NFC East with a 10–6 record.[31] In the Wild Card Round, they faced the Seattle Seahawks. In the 24–14 loss, Cousins came into the game late in the fourth quarter in relief of an injured Griffin. He finished the game 3-of for 31 yards and was unable to rally the team to victory.[32]

season[edit]

See also: Washington Redskins season

On December 11, , Cousins was named starting quarterback for the rest of the year after Shanahan deactivated Robert Griffin III for the remainder of the season in order to protect him for the following year, with Rex Grossman as Cousins's backup.[33][34] In Week 15, in a narrow 27–26 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, he finished of for yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions.[35]

Cousins finished his second professional season with passing yards, four touchdowns, and seven interceptions in five games and three starts.[36]

season[edit]

See also: Washington Redskins season

On February 2, , it was reported that Cousins had stated that he was open to a trade from the Redskins.[37]

In March, Cousins announced that he would be giving the #12 jersey to incoming new wide receiver Andre Roberts for the price of a $12, donation to the Kirk Cousins Football Camp. Cousins then switched over to the #8 jersey, a number he wore throughout his high school and college career.[38]

During Week 2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cousins came in relief of Griffin who left the game with a dislocated ankle. Cousins finished the game with passing yards and two touchdowns in a 41–10 victory.[39] In the next game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Cousins threw for yards, the first game he had over passing yards. Washington still lost an ensuing slugfest to the Eagles 34–[40] The following week against the New York Giants, Cousins had a poor showing, throwing for a touchdown with four interceptions and a lost fumble.[41] The Redskins were blown out 45–14 with a total of 6 turnovers.

In Week 5, against the defending Super Bowl championSeattle Seahawks, Cousins showed progress from the embarrassing loss to the Giants by throwing for two touchdowns without an interception, including a yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson. Despite the solid performance from Cousins, the Redskins lost by a score of 27–[42] Following a poor performance in the first half in the Week 7 game against the Tennessee Titans, he was benched at halftime in favor of backup quarterback Colt McCoy, and did not play in any more games for the remainder of the season.[43]

season[edit]

See also: Washington Redskins season

On August 31, , Cousins was named the starter for the season over Robert Griffin III.[44] On October 4, Cousins led a yard game-winning drive against the Philadelphia Eagles, his first since , when he threw a touchdown pass to Pierre Garçon with under a minute left in the fourth quarter, winning the game 23–[45]

Cousins after the comeback victory against the Buccaneers in

On October 25, Cousins helped lead the Redskins to their largest comeback win in franchise history. After being down 24–0 in the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home, Cousins finished with yards and four total touchdowns, three passing and one rushing, throwing the final touchdown pass to Jordan Reed in the final seconds of the game.[46] Cousins also tied a franchise record for completions in a game with 33, tying Jason Campbell who did the same in When heading into the locker room after the game, Cousins was caught on camera shouting "you like that?!" to reporters, which later become a catchphrase used by Cousins, his teammates, and Redskins fans throughout the rest of the season.[47] Cousins and his brother Kyle applied to trademark the catchphrase later in the season and began to sell T-shirts with the phrase to raise money for the International Justice Mission charitable organization.[48][49][50][51]

Against the New Orleans Saints on November 15, Cousins threw for a career-high four touchdowns, as well as posting a perfect passer rating of , making him the first Redskins quarterback since to do that with at least 20 attempts.[a][52][53] Against the Buffalo Bills on December 20, Cousins passed for four touchdowns, and ran for another in a Redskins victory, marking his second four-touchdown passing game of the season.[54]

The following week against the Philadelphia Eagles, Cousins took an ill-advised quarterback kneel inside the Eagles' redzone with six seconds left before halftime, running out the clock and forgoing any chance of adding upon Washington's lead.[55] Despite that, Cousins eventually passed for four touchdowns in the game, his second consecutive four-touchdown performance and third overall on the season. The performance led to the Redskin's victory over the Eagles with a score of 38–24, which allowed the team to win the NFC East division title for the first time since Griffin III did it in [56][57]

Cousins finished the season posting the highest completion percentage () in home games in NFL history, with a minimum of attempts, leading the Redskins to a 6–2 record at home.[58] He also became the first Redskins quarterback since Sonny Jurgensen in to have at least four passing touchdowns in three or more games in one season.[59] Against the Dallas Cowboys on January 3, , he set the Redskin's single-season passing yardage record with 4,, passing Jay Schroeder who had 4, in [60] He also finished the season with 29 passing touchdowns, second in Redskins history behind Jurgensen who had 31 in , while posting a league-leading completion percentage of %, second in team history behind Sammy Baugh who completed % of his passes in [60]

Against the Green Bay Packers in the Wild Card Round on January 10, , Cousins completed of passes for yards and two touchdowns, and was sacked six times and lost one fumble. The Washington Redskins lost 35–18, ending their season.[61] He was ranked 85th by his fellow players on the NFL Top Players of [62]

season[edit]

See also: Washington Redskins season

Cousins was set to become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, but the Redskins used the non-exclusive franchise tag on him on March 1, The tag acted as a one-year, $20 million contract, which prevented other teams in the league from signing him without giving up two first round draft picks to the Redskins.[63][64]

During the Week 8 International Series game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Wembley Stadium in London, Cousins threw for a career-high passing yards, as the game ended in a 27–27 tie.[65] As the game ended in a tie, it also marked the first time a game held in London went into overtime. Three weeks later against the Green Bay Packers, Cousins threw for yards along with three touchdowns in a victory, earning him his third NFC Offensive Player of the Week award.[66] After the game, Cousins was caught on camera asking Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan "How you like me now?", which many in the media believed Cousins was addressing concerns about his potentially lucrative long-term contract with the team next season.[67] In a Thanksgiving Day road loss against the Dallas Cowboys, Cousins completed 41 of 53 passes for yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions, putting him second on the list of most passing yards in a Thanksgiving Day game in NFL history.[68] For his accomplishments in the month of November, Cousins won the NFC Offensive Player Of The Month award, his second time winning the award.[69][70] In Week 16, on Christmas Eve, against the Chicago Bears, Cousins had a career-high two rushing touchdowns in the 41–21 road victory.[71]

Despite missing the playoffs, Cousins lead the team to a winning record of 8–7–1, and finished the season with a career-high 4, passing yards, which was third in the NFL behind Drew Brees and Matt Ryan, breaking various personal and team records he had set the previous year.[72][73] Cousins' 67% completion percentage ranked No. 7 and his % deep-ball completion percentage ranked No. 5 among NFL quarterbacks in [74]

Due to his performance in the season, Cousins was named to his first Pro Bowl, replacing Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who could not take part in the game due to the Falcons' appearance in Super Bowl LI.[75] During the game, Cousins played throughout most of the second half, and notably forced a fumble on Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib after chasing him down the field after throwing an interception late in the fourth quarter.[76] Cousins was also ranked 70th by his peers on the NFL Top Players of [77]

season[edit]

See also: Washington Redskins season

Again set to become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, Cousins and the team attempted to work out a long-term deal before the start of free agency, but could only come to an agreement on the exclusive franchise tag on February 28, , becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to be franchise-tagged in consecutive years.[78]

During a Week 3 victory over the Oakland Raiders on NBC Sunday Night Football, Cousins went for for a season-high yards and three touchdowns, earning him his fourth NFC Offensive Player of the Week award of his career.[79][80] During Week 10 against the Minnesota Vikings, Cousins tied his single-game career-high with two rushing touchdowns in the 38–30 defeat.[81] The Redskins finished the season with a 7–9 record and missed the playoffs.[82] Cousins finished the season of for 4, yards, 27 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions.[83] The season marked his third consecutive season of passing for at least 4, yards. In addition to his passing totals, he rushed 49 times for yards and four rushing touchdowns. Cousins was ranked 94th by his peers on the NFL Top Players of [84]

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

On March 15, , Cousins signed with the Minnesota Vikings on a fully guaranteed three-year contract worth $84 million.[85] This is the first fully guaranteed and, as of signing, highest paying contract in NFL history.[86]

season[edit]

See also: Minnesota Vikings season

In his Vikings debut in the season opener against the San Francisco 49ers, Cousins passed for yards and two touchdowns in the 24–16 victory.[87] In the next game against the Green Bay Packers, he finished with passing yards, four touchdowns, and an interception as the game ended in a 29–29 tie.[88] Two weeks later against the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday Night Football, Cousins threw for yards and three touchdowns in the road loss.[89] Despite Cousins's strong statistical start to the season, inconsistency within the offense and coaching staff ended up impacting the Vikings' season. With the Vikings at 6–5–1 going into Week 14 against the Seattle Seahawks, the Vikings were still in the playoff hunt, but a 21–7 road loss on Monday Night Football resulted in the firing of offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.[90] The Vikings won their next two games, against the Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions, with Cousins passing for five touchdowns and an interception combined.[91][92] In the regular-season finale against the Chicago Bears, the Vikings would have made the playoffs with a win, but they fell 24–10, with Cousins passing for yards and a touchdown.[93]

Cousins finished his first Vikings season with 4, passing yards, 30 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.[94]

season[edit]

See also: Minnesota Vikings season

During the season-opener against the Atlanta Falcons, Cousins completed 8 of 10 passes for 98 yards and a touchdown in the 28–12 win.[95] In the next game against the Green Bay Packers, he completed 14 passes for yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in the 21–16 road loss.[96] The following week against the Oakland Raiders, Cousins completed 15 passes for yards, including a yard touchdown pass, in the 34–14 win.[97] In Week 4, against the Chicago Bears, he had two fumbles and no passing touchdowns but still passed 27 times for yards in the 16–6 road loss.[98] In the next game, against the New York Giants, Cousins completed 22 passes for yards and two touchdowns in the 28–10 road victory.[99] The following week against the Philadelphia Eagles, he threw for yards, four touchdowns, and an interception in the 38–20 win.[] During Week 7 against the Detroit Lions, Cousins passed for yards and four touchdowns in the 42–30 road victory.[]

During Week 11 against the Denver Broncos, Cousins threw for yards and three touchdowns as the Vikings overcame a point first half deficit and won 27–[] Two weeks later against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football, he threw for yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in the 37–30 road loss, extending Cousins' record on Mondays to an 0–8 record.[] In Week 16, against the Packers once again on Monday Night Football, Cousins threw for yards, a touchdown, and an interception in the 23–10 loss.[] The Packers clinched the NFC North division title with the win. It also extended Cousins' record on Monday Night Football to 0–9.[] With the Vikings' playoff position set, Cousins did not participate in the regular season finale.[] He finished the season with 3, passing yards, 26 passing touchdowns, and six interceptions.[]

In the NFC Wild Card game against the New Orleans Saints, Cousins threw for yards and the game winning touchdown to tight end Kyle Rudolph in overtime during the 26–20 road victory.[] In the Divisional Round against the San Francisco 49ers, Cousins threw for yards, a touchdown, and an interception in the 27–10 road loss.[]

season[edit]

See also: Minnesota Vikings season

On March 18, , Cousins signed a two-year, $66 million contract extension with the Vikings.[]

During Week 2 against the Indianapolis Colts, Cousins threw for yards and three interceptions during the 28–11 road loss. He finished the game with a total quarterback rating of , the third-lowest mark in Vikings franchise history.[] In the next game, against the Tennessee Titans, Cousins had a much better outing, throwing for yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions during the narrow 31–30 loss. [] The following week against the Houston Texans, Cousins threw for yards and a touchdown during the 31–23 road victory. This was the Vikings' first win of the season.[] Two weeks later against the Atlanta Falcons, Cousins threw for yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions during the 40–23 loss. He threw all three interceptions in the first half of the game.[] Three weeks later against the Detroit Lions, he threw for yards and three touchdowns on only 13 completions during the 34–20 win. [] In the next game against the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football, Cousins threw for yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in the 19–13 road victory. This was his first ever Monday Night Football win after previously going 0–9 in his career.[] During Week 11 against the Dallas Cowboys, Cousins threw for yards and three touchdowns during the 31–28 loss.[] In the next game against the Carolina Panthers, he threw for yards and three touchdowns in the 28–27 comeback win. This was Cousins' fourth straight game with a passer rating over [] He was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance.[] The following week against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cousins threw for yards, three touchdowns, and an interception in the 27–24 overtime victory.[] Three weeks later against the New Orleans Saints on Christmas Day, he threw for yards and three touchdowns during the 33–52 road loss, eliminating the Vikings from postseason contention.[] In the regular-season finale against the Lions, Cousins threw for yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another during the 37–35 road victory.[] He was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance.[]

Cousins finished the season with 4, passing yards, 35 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions.[]

season[edit]

Cousins started the season with passing yards and two touchdowns in a 27–24 overtime loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.[]

NFL career statistics[edit]

Legend
Led the league
BoldCareer high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team Games Passing Rushing Sacks Fumbles
GPGSRecordCompAttPctYdsAvgTDIntRateAttYdsAvgTDSckSckYFumLost
WAS311−0334843322032710
WAS530−38147414053232
WAS651−41,109720087022
WAS16169−74,2911264852693
WAS16168−7−14,2512349642393
WAS16167−94,271349441135
MIN16168−7−14,30104414097
MIN151510−53,2663163128103
MIN16167−94,35133213995
MIN552−31,102641096220
Total53−54−22,3,29,86161,6730

Postseason[edit]

Year Team Games Passing Rushing Sacks Fumbles
GPGSRecordCompAttPctYdsAvgTDIntRateAttYdsAvgTDSckSckYFumLost
WAS100−031031001000010
WAS110−129461022165930
MIN221−14060212−1085600
Total431−272315111440

Career records[edit]

Vikings franchise records[edit]

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  • Most yard passing games in a season: 6
  • Most yard passing games in career: 24 []
  • Most pass completions in a regular season: []
  • Most consecutive passes without an interception at home:
  • Most yard passing games in career: 3 []
  • Most 4,yard passing seasons: 3 []
  • Most consecutive 4,yard passing seasons: 3[]

Personal life[edit]

Cousins is a practicing Evangelical Christian. He married Julie Hampton on June 28, , in Atlanta, Georgia.[] As of , Cousins and his wife have two sons, Cooper and Turner.[] During his time with the Redskins, Cousins earned the nickname "Captain Kirk" from the media for his presence as a leader, referencing the Star Trek character.[] He also appeared in several commercials with Easterns Motors, a D.C. used car dealership, with former Washington teammates Josh Norman and Ryan Kerrigan.

He has been one of the NFL's most prominent players concerning his choice to avoid getting one of the vaccines that combat COVID, which resulted in him being listed in the NFL's Reserve/COVID list. As a result he missed four training camp practices in the preseason.[]

Cousins is a cousin of current Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Jake Cousins.[]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^Robert Griffin III posted a perfect passer rating against the Philadelphia Eagles in , but with only 15 attempts

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Kirk Cousins timeline: From Michigan State to Washington to Minnesota. Here are the highlights.

Sept. 5, After appearing in five games as a redshirt freshman Kirk Cousins opens his sophomore year against Montana State splitting time with Keith Nichol. Cousins starts in the season-opener and completes 17 passes for yards and three touchdowns in a romp.

Sept 26, Cousins makes his fourth consecutive start but the Spartans lose their third straight game, this one to Wisconsin at Camp Randall in the Big Ten opener. Cousins throws for yards and two TDs but a costly interception led to a Badgers score. Nichol threw two picks but also a yard score during one of his series. “We’re gonna have to check ourselves a little bit,” Cousins said.

Oct. 3, Michigan State defeats No. 22 Michigan in overtime, but Cousins is hobbled by an ankle injury and does not play most of the fourth quarter or overtime.

Jan 3, Cousins caps his first full season as starter with an interception on the opening drive and another at the end to seal a loss to Texas Tech in the Alamo Bowl.

Oct. 23, With Nichol now a full-time wide receiver, Cousins leads Michigan State to an start with a top 10 national ranking after a comeback victory at Northwestern.

Jan. 1, After leading the Spartans to a co-Big Ten championship Cousins is bruised and battered by Alabama’s defensive front and knocked out of the game in the third quarter of a blowout in the Capital One Bowl.

Dec. 3, In the first ever Big Ten Championship Game, Cousins (22 passes for yards and 3 TDs) and the No. 11 Spartans lose to No. 15 Wisconsin.

Jan. 2, Cousins closes his college career in wild fashion, leading a play, yard drive to tie the Outback Bowl late then beating Georgia in three overtimes. Cousins finished the game 27 of 50 for yards and a touchdown, becoming Michigan State’s all-time leading passer with 9, yards. He also set records for completions (), passing TDs (66) and wins by a starting QB (27).

April 28, The Redskins select Cousins with the seventh pick of the fourth round (nd overall) of the NFL draft. “I was shocked,” Cousins said, noting he did not meet at length with Washington, which selected Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III No. 2 overall. He was the eighth of 11 quarterbacks drafted behind Andrew Luck, Griffin, Ryan Tennehill, Brandon Weeden, Brock Osweiler, Russell Wilson and Nick Foles.

Oct. 7, Cousins makes his NFL debut, completing five passes for yards a touchdown and two INTs in a loss to Atlanta.

Dec. 16, A week after coming off the bench and rallying the Redskins for an overtime win, Cousins makes his first NFL start and defeats Cleveland He finished 26 of 37 for yards and a pair of TDs filling in for in injured Griffin. “This isn’t my first rodeo. I did play a lot of football in the Big Ten,” Cousins said afterward.

Aug. 31, Cousins is named starter over Griffin.

Oct. 25, Seven games into his first full-time season at starter for the Redskins, Cousins orchestrated the largest comeback in franchise history. Down in the second quarter Cousins ran for an 8-yard TD then threw three second-half touchdowns including the go-ahead 6-yard strike with 24 seconds left for a victory. Cousins hadn’t thrown more than one touchdown in a game all season and memorably screamed “YOU LIKE THAT?!?” to a DC-based reporter.

Jan. 1, Cousins finishes his first season as starter in style. Three of his 12 completions against Dallas go for touchdowns in a win over the Cowboys in the season finale. In the three games to cap the season, Cousins completed 65 of 89 passes for yards, 11 touchdowns and no interceptions.

Jan. 10, The Green Bay Packers sack Cousins six times and force a fumble in their NFC Wild Card victory.

March 1, The Redskins place a franchise tag on Cousins – a one-year, $20 million contract.

Oct. 30, Cousins throws for a career-high yards and two touchdowns in a tie with the Bengals at Wembley Stadium in London. Cousins would finish the season with career highs in attempts () completions () and yards (4,)

Feb. 28, The Redskins place a franchise tag on Cousins, the first time a quarterback is tagged in consecutive seasons.

Nov. 12, Cousins completes 26 of 45 passes for yards and a touchdown and rushes for two more scores in a home loss to the Vikings.

Dec. 31, The Redskins limp to the finish line, losing to the disappointing three-win Giants. Cousins throws for just yards, three interceptions and no touchdowns for a passer rating but the yardage is enough to chalk up his third consecutive 4,yard passing season.

Jan. The Chiefs agree to trade Alex Smith to Washington for a third-round pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller.

Wednesday: Cousins, his wife Julie Hampton and son Cooper travel to Minneapolis to meet with the Vikings.

Thursday: Cousins is signed to a mega-deal that makes him the Vikings’ new franchise quarterback.

 

 

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