Kirk Cousins in prime time: Separating fact from fiction with Vikings QB’s stats in big games

Is Kirk Cousins a prime-time player?  

Opinions vary on the veteran Vikings quarterback, who will have another chance to prove it on “Sunday Night Football” against the Seahawks.  

The Vikings are 1-3 – and Cousins’ monster contract that runs through the 2022 season will be a topic of conversation.  

So will his track record in prime time. The results for Cousins are mixed when it comes to prime-time games between his stints in Washington and Minnesota – another layer to the conversation that revolves Cousins.  

Sporting News looks inside the track record heading into Sunday’s game against the Seahawks to find out what is true and false.

Kirk Cousins vs. winning teams  

Cousins is 7-31 as a starter against teams with a winning record in his NFL career. That includes a 3-8 record against winning teams since coming to the Vikings in 2018.  

The Vikings are 19-15-1 with Cousins since signing him to an $84 million contract in 2018. Minnesota signed Cousins to a two-year extension in March.  

A 1-3 start this season has some questioning that decision.  

Kirk Cousins on ‘Sunday Night Football’

Cousins has made six starts on “Sunday Night Football,” not counting a Thanksgiving start against the Giants on Nov. 23, 2017.  

Those six starts have come with mixed results. Cousins is 4-2 in those starts, with a 2-1 record in Washington and a 2-1 record with Minnesota.  

Cousins has a 73.2 completion percentage with 15 TDs and three interceptions in those games. Cousins also has won his last two starts on “Sunday Night Football” with the Vikings.  

Kirk Cousins on ‘Monday Night Football’

“Monday Night Football” is a different story. Cousins is 0-9 on MNF. He had an 0-6 record with Washington, and that losing trend continued with Minnesota.  

Cousins’ last appearance on “Monday Night Football” was a 23-10 loss to Green Bay on Dec. 23, 2019. Cousins’ completion percentage drops to 64.1 all time in “Monday Night Football” games. He has 11 TDs and six interceptions in those games.  

Cousins will get his next MNF chance on Nov. 16 at Chicago.  

Kirk Cousins vs. Seattle  

Cousins replaced an injured Robert Griffin III in a playoff loss against Seattle on Jan. 13, 2016.  

Cousins had made four starts against the Seahawks since, and he has a 1-3 record in those starts. Still, the numbers aren’t bad. Cousins averages 253.5 passing yards with five TDs and one interception.  

Two of those losses to Seattle were on Monday Night Football. Minnesota lost 21-7 to the Seahawks on Dec. 10, 2018 and 37-30 on Dec. 2, 2019.  

Kirk Cousins in the playoffs  

Cousins is 1-2 in the playoffs as a starter, and that includes a 1-1 record with the Vikings. He picked up his first playoff victory against the New Orleans Saints in the NFC wild card round last season.  

Cousins averages 193.5 yards passing with three touchdowns and one interception in those starts.  

Kirk Cousins in 2020  

The Vikings are off to a 1-3 start, and they trail the NFC North rival Packers by three games. Green Bay beat Minnesota 43-34 in Week 1, and the Vikings lost to the Colts and Titans the next two weeks before knocking off the Texans in Week 4.  

Cousins averages 220.8 passing yards per game with six TDs and six interceptions this season, and it doesn’t get easier against Russell Wilson, who leads the NFL with 16 TD passes through four games.  

This is a chance for Cousins to quiet the critics in prime time, but it won’t be easy as a heavy underdog.  

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