The Eagles defense called Kirk Cousins the 'weakest part' of the Vikings offense and he made them pay
- Kirk Cousins threw for 333 yards and four touchdowns en route to a dominant 38-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
- It was a statement game for Cousins, who had been called out by his former teammate, Eagles linebacker Zach Brown, as the "weakest part" of the Vikings offense.
- Cousins had already been called out by his teammates for his slow start to the season, but over the past two weeks had the Vikings looking like contenders in a crowded NFC.
- After the game, Cousins' teammates and the Vikings' Twitter account congratulated Cousins on making the Eagles eat their words.
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Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings torched the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, cruising to a 38-20 victory in front of the home crowd.For Cousins, it was a statement game - a much-needed response to being called out by members of the Eagles defense leading up to Sunday.Advertisement
On Friday, Eagles linebacker Zach Brown, who played with Cousins in Washington, gave a harsh critique of the Vikings quarterback.
"Cousins, I think every defense is going to want that guy to throw the ball," Brown said, via ESPN's Tim McManus. "For me, that's probably the weakest part of their offense is him. Everything else is good. They've got a good running game, probably one of the best in the league. They have real good receivers. You just want them to pass the ball. You want Kirk Cousins to get it in his hands."It wasn't the first time Cousins had been called out for his play this year. After a disappointing start to the season, Cousins caught flak from his own receivers, with Adam Thielen intimating that it was Cousins who was holding the team back from success.
Cousins was hot from the start but truly hit his stride in the second quarter, seemingly realizing that his receivers could burn the Eagles defense at will.
After the Vikings defense shut down the Eagles on a fourth-down attempt from midfield, Cousins went for it all on their first play with the ball, hitting wide receiver Stefon Diggs in stride for a 51-yard touchdown that extended Minnesota's lead to 24-3.In the third quarter, Cousins connected with Diggs yet again. After the Eagles cut the Vikings lead to 24-20, Cousins found Diggs with a perfect ball thrown to the back of the end zone where only he could come down with it.Advertisement
Diggs tapped his toes down in bounds and gave the Vikings a lead that the Eagles couldn't erase.
Diggs finished with 167 receiving yards and three touchdowns - a quality day for a star that was reportedly dissatisfied with his role in the offense just a few weeks ago. After the game, Diggs gave credit to Cousins for his performance.From the Vikings' official account, the team took a shot at the Eagles, clearly pleased that Cousins made Brown and the Philadelphia defense eat its words.Advertisement
It's undeniable that through the first few weeks of the season, Cousins' inconsistent play was a problem. It's also undeniable that through the past two weeks, he's played lights out football, and has the Vikings looking like legitimate Super Bowl contenders in an NFC crowded with talent.
The Vikings have another big test coming next week when they travel to Detroit to take on the Lions. After his performance on Sunday, chances are Matt Patricia and the Lions defense don't underestimate Cousins' ability.
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