The Minnesota Vikings had themselves a great first game of the 2019 NFL season, securing a 28-12 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. The game saw the Vikings build a big lead over the Falcons, led by an exceptional running game and a ferocious defense that hounded Matt Ryan. For as much as the Vikings scored, though, quarterback Kirk Cousins only threw the ball 10 times, which isn’t something he’s mad about at all.
Speaking after the game (via Pro Football Talk), Cousins discussed the game, and was asked how he felt about throwing the ball just 10 times. To him, it wasn’t a big deal as long as the team won.
“Throwing 10 times is really unique. Probably haven’t had a game with that few attempts since Pop Warner,” Cousins said. “I think I threw 10 times or more in most high school games, too. It’s what the game called for. I have no problem with being conservative. As long as we win the football game, that’s all that matters to me. We found a way to get the win, so the approach was a great approach.”
Cousins finished the game 8-of-10 for just 98 yards and a touchdown, but also secured a rushing touchdown as well. The Vikings chose to stick with running backs Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison instead of throwing often, and it paid off.
Now, the team will head to Green Bay to play their first division game of the year, against a Packers team who is also coming off of a victory.
It’s likely that the Vikings will try and stick with their rushing attack, but don’t be too surprised if Cousins also gets in some more passes.