Patriots head coach Bill Belichick praises Vikings QB Kirk Cousins
In his first year with the Minnesota Vikings, Pro Bowl quarterback Kirk Cousins has made a major impact on the franchise, helping guide them back into the playoff picture for the second straight season.
Ahead of their primetime Week 13 matchup against the New England Patriots, head coach Bill Belichick had some major praise for what Cousins has accomplished this year in Minnesota. (h/t Tyler Sullivan of 247 Sports)
“I think he’s had a pretty good year,” Bill Belichick said of Cousins’ play during his press conference on Friday. “He’s had a really productive year in all areas – high completion percentage, efficient. He gets the ball to – I mean, look, there are some guys that are really targeted because they’re really good players, but he gets the ball to all of his receivers. He gets the ball to his backs. He used the tight ends. Obviously, [Kyle] Rudolph more than [Tyler] Conklin and [David] Morgan, who’s been hurt, but they’ve certainly used him. He’s used all of his receivers. I mean, [Chad] Beebe’s been productive. Those guys – he’s done a good job of that and I think certainly he’s gotten the ball out and made quick decisions. That’s offensive line, that’s certainly the timing of the passing game helps the offensive line. We know that. He does a good job there. He’s had a good year.”
Cousins has helped guide the Vikings’ offense with his arm that has seen him put together a productive campaign. He is currently fifth with 3,289 passing yards, ninth with 22 touchdowns, third with a 71.1 percent completion rate, and ninth with a 101.9 passer rating. He is currently holding career highs in completion percentage and passer rating, while is on pace for a career-high 32 touchdown passes.
The 30-year-old has been a huge asset for the Vikings’ offense that he has helped them form one of the league’s most formidable passing attacks with star wide receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs.
Cousins has been the driving force to their passing game, as he has helped keep them in the playoff picture despite their struggles on the ground.
Although there is still a hill to climb in the NFC North division race, Minnesota is potentially in the position to make a run at a division title with Cousins playing a major factor in that hunt. That said, he and the Vikings are in a strong spot to make a strong push that will start against the Patriots this week.