Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousin will begin his fifth tour for the team in 2022, the team’s longest-running QB1 since Daunte Culpepper in the early 2000s.
With the Cousins, the Vikings split 33-29-1 (.531), an irresistible win-loss because the Cousins are generally one of the top 10 highest paid players in the NFL.
That record, however, was achieved with former head coach Mike Zimmer, who envisioned defense-first operations for eight seasons in Minnesota. Zimmer and his boss, Rick Spielman, were fired after a disappointing 8-9 season in 2021, and Kevin O’Connell was hired to lead Zimmer’s post-life.
Perhaps with O’Connell’s aggressive-minded captain, the Vikings’ offense will reach its peak. However, this is a working theory, since the cousins are armed with weapons like Justin Jefferson, Dalvin Cook, Adam Thilen, Arv Smith Jr., KJ Osborne – and O’Connell’s brain.
And according to NFL analysts, the rise of a cousin to superstardom is not entirely out of the question From the Kyle brand NFL Network. Brandt and his co-hosts have selected “Dark Horse” MVP candidates for 2022, and According to Brandt, he imagined a scene where cousins appeared as contenders for the prestigious trophy..
Surprisingly, all of the theories listed by NFL Network Quarterback is a non-quarterback who hasn’t won an award since the Vikings in 2012 – Adrian Peterson a decade ago for promoting his other world.
However, sportsbooks for winning MVP awards are not more than cousins - or the top four men. Per VegasInsider.comCousin is the 18th-potential player to win the 2022 NFL MVP award with a +5000 maniline, a similar setback to Trey Lance (who has never started a regular season game) and the aforementioned Jones of New England.
The number of cousins in the past is certainly consistent with the brand’s assumptions. Last season, he wrote a 33-touchdown to 7-interception ratio, the same statline Brett Favre Vikings almost-story book produced in the 2009 season. Without a play-off appearance or a win, however, Cousin’s 2021 figures have floated down the aisle as meaningless.
Moreover, Cousins will need at least-average pass protection from his offensive line this season if he wants to implement the brand’s theory. In Cousin’s Vikings career, the best offensive-line team assigned to him is 27th in the league via pass-blocking. And that’s the code for the sixth-inferior.
Pass protection will be mandatory if the Cousins want a separate prize and the Vikings reach the post-season for the first time in three years. Grateful for the cousins, new general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah drafted Jesse Davis (MIA), Chris Reid (IND), Austin Schultman (DEN), and Ed Ingram (LSU) to cure chronic OL disease.
If pass protection isn’t terrible, cousins will really have a chance to puncture the MVP award.
A Vikings quarterback once won MVP hardware – Fran Tarkenton 47 years ago (1975).
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to her daily YouTube channel, VikesNow. She Hosts a podcast With Bryant McKinney, which airs every Wednesday Raun Sai And Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking Fandom dates back to 1996. Listed Criminal Pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos’ and The Doors (Band).