October 10, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; The Minnesota Vikings are chasing Alexander Mattison (25) and quarterback Kirk Cousins. Compulsory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA Today Sports.
The Minnesota Vikings have a few candidates for the PFF’s honor of being “the least underrated Viking.”
Harrison Smith has been the best player in defense for most of the past decade. However, some other players did steal the spotlight, for example, Edge Rasha’s Everson Griffin and linebacker Anthony Barr. They have received rave reviews not only from Vikings fans but also from non-Vikings fans and media members across the country, as can be seen when looking at the praise. Despite being ranked in the top security every year, Smith became known as the first-team All-Pro once in his career.
Another interesting player is Brian O’Neill. The second-round pick in the 2018 draft became a starter at the start of his rookie season and handled OT responsibilities to the right of the offensive line. Despite having three seasons where he has not allowed only one or a bag, he is only a one-time pro bowler. He received his first Pro Bowl honor in 2021.
While Justin Jefferson rightly drew all the attention, his opponent, Adam Thilen, is still a really good receiver in his own right. His last full season was in 2018. That same season, he climbed to the top of the 1000-yard mark for the last time.
Since then, he has played in only 38 of the possible 49 games in the regular season. However, he is very reliable on the field, especially in the red zone. Thieln has been the third of all NFL players, including 24 in touchdown catches since 2020. He only followed Tyric Hill and Davante Adams Whenever the receiver is not on the field, it is clear that Kirk’s cousin misses him. Thiellen did not play against the Steelers and the Bears last season. The Vikings won both games, but in Thilan’s absence, the Cork cousins fought in both games.
Kirk’s cousin’s name is Most Underrated Viking
From the PFF, Sam Monson has released a list of the lowest rated players in each NFL team. For the Vikings, PFF writer Kirk Cousins has been named the most underrated player. The organization’s franchise quarterback received strong criticism after playing most of the game. However, in most statistical analysis, he is playing at a high level and he deserves more praise for the level of play he provides.
“By virtually any measure, the Vikings performed better than any reasonable expectation when the cousins signed him from Washington. He was a consistent top-10 quarterback during that time and seems to be slowly improving with each passing season.“
About Sam Monson, PFF, Kirk Cousin
In fact, Kirk Cousins is playing at a high level and despite his 33 years of age, is still improving, as shown in his grades from PFF.
- 2018: 79.3
- 2019: 84.4
- 2020: 83.4
- 2021: 88.2
Kirk Cousin has played the best season of his career so far in 2021. With 4,221 passing yards, 33 touchdowns and just seven interceptions, the passer rating is 103.1. He joined Russell Wilson as the only quarterback in the league to record 100 or better passer ratings in each of the last three seasons, making him one of the league’s most consistent passers.
Unfortunate career path
“It has unfortunately tracked for him, the Vikings have moved away from the controversy as a real threat to win a Super Bowl, and so the Cousins do not get the respect he deserves for his game. He may never be one of the game’s true elite passers-by, but he’s at the very top of the next level and most of the arguments thrown at him don’t hold up very well for in-depth verification. In the past three seasons, including the playoffs, the Cousins have carried a 90.5 PFF passing grade – fifth in the league.“
Sam Monson, PFF
Misfortune is a fitting word to describe cousins’ careers. He played for a volatile franchise in Washington and joined the Minnesota Vikings in 2018, following their playoff run the previous season. However, the team has taken a step back. The roster was almost the same, but most starters did not play as well as in 2017.
In addition, Kirk Cousins had to deal with a struggling first-time play-collar, John Defilippo, who was sacked in the season and replaced by Kevin Stefansky. It was Cousins’ worst season with the Vikings.
In 2019, the Vikings, led by the Cousins, went on to remove one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl at their stadium at the Superdome in New Orleans. Adam Thiellen and game winner Kyle Rudolph had a great throw of cousins in overtime. However, in the next round, the San Francisco 49ers and the Vikings had no chance against their elite defense and running game.
In 2020 and 2021, the Vikings ’defense faced a massive emigration of talented players. The whole cornerback room, outside of Mike Hughes, has left the franchise. Pass Rasha’s Everson Griffin was released, and Daniel Hunter missed the entire season. Additionally, Anthony Barr played only two games and Michael Pierce played none. So, the defense sometimes doesn’t look like the NFL defense and ranks among the worst in the league in most divisions during that time.
Kirk Cousin certainly deserves to be called “the most underrated Viking” because his stats, PFF grades and level of play do not match the general perception of him. He has some flaws but is usually one of the best quarterbacks in the league. The Vikings have signed Gedarius Smith and Harrison Phillips to provide free agency defense in the off-season. There were also top two draft election defenders. Lewis Cine and Andrew Booth will help solidify the secondary.
In addition, the franchise has hired an offensive-minded head coach, hoping subper play calling will improve. The offensive line should also be improved. Kwesi Adofo-Mensah Free Agency signed by Chris Reed and Jesse Davis. In the draft, he spent second-round picks on offensive guard Ed Ingram.
Hopefully, the Vikings can get the best out of Kirk Cousin and his surroundings to have a successful season next season. The first opponent of the year is the Green Bay Packers. The game against rivals will be a good indicator of how well the Vikings can play in 2022.
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