Viking coach Mike Zimmer is not known as a guy who always pays tribute to his quarterback.
At halftime of the season opener in Cincinnati, Zimmer told e.g. To a network reporter that Kirk Cousins kept the ball for too long.
After Sunday’s 30-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks, Zimmer was strong in his praise of cousins.
“I think he plays excellently,” the coach said. “Not only that, he plays with great confidence. I really appreciate his leadership he has been on lately. It has been so much better. (It’s) something he wanted to work on out of season. He has done a good job with that. ”
Zimmer was not done praising Cousins.
“He’s always been very accurate,” Zimmer said. “He has been on the offensive for a while. He sees things a little more clearly. Defensively (Seahawks had) some changes in there, but he saw them really well. (On) blitz he threw to KJ Osborn (on third down) It was a unique game because he was going to be shaken and he knew it. He made a big, precise throw to KJ ”
Cousins have always been known to be accurate, but he needs time, which is something his offensive line gave him on Sunday. He was fired just once by the Seahawks while leading the Vikings on six scoring drives and keeping possessions alive with clutch throws.
As the star runs back Dalvin Cook sideline with an ankle injury last week in Arizona, Cousins stepped into this leadership role against Seattle.
“I’m trying to be the same guy,” Cousins said. “Be consistent. Always build relationships. I assert myself when it’s good to do so.”
Cousins certainly made an impact after the Seahawks’ opening drive ended with a touchdown. He responded with a 70-yard drive with seven games, highlighted by hitting all five of his passes in 62 yards, finishing with a 7-yard touchdown throw to Tyler Conklin.
“It was great to start offensively fast,” Cousins said. “A lot of players got up and did plays.”
Cousins has played well in all three games this season. Even in the losses in Cincinnati and Arizona, it was not his fault the Vikings (1-2) lost.
He drove them to a potentially game-winning field goal attempt against the Bengals as Cook fumbled the ball away.
In Arizona, he enabled the Vikings to win the game, but Greg Joseph missed his attempt at a game-winning field goal as time ran out.
In Sunday’s game, Cousins completed 30 of 38 passes for 323 yards and had touchdowns for Conklin, Adam Thielen (15 yards) and Justin Jefferson (3 yards).
During the Vikings’ three games, the Cousins averaged more than 300 yards a game with eight touchdown passes and no interceptions.
“He just has no fear,” Thielen said of cousins. “He’s not worried about anything but going out there and doing his job.”
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