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When the Minnesota Vikings gave Kirk Cousins a $90-million contract this past offseason, it was to get them over the final hurdle and into the Super Bowl. This was a team that came one game away from the Super Bowl last season and they added the best quarterback in the free-agent market.
However, things haven't exactly gone smoothly since the signing. The Vikings are 6-6-1, just fired their offensive coordinator and are at risk of missing out on the playoffs entirely.
Cousins has proven to be a good quarterback with solid stats, but if we take a deeper look at his career record, in specific situations, there's some frightening stuff here.
Cousins has won exactly four games against winning teams. Four! He's 0-5 against winning teams this season with the Vikings. It's almost impossible to be that consistently bad against good teams, but Cousins has found a way to do it. The other stats don't do him any favors either as he's 5-13 in prime-time games and 12-23-2 on the road.
So while Cousins continues to be defined as a good quarterback, there are specifics to it -- when at home, in a day game, against a bad team. In any other scenario he struggles, and while that might not be what's at the core of the Vikings' problems in 2018, it certainly isn't helping them either.
This Sunday will be a true test as the Vikings take on an over-.500 Miami Dolphins team in Minnesota, coming off the Miami Miracle against the Patriots in Week 14. So Cousins is playing at home, during the day, against a team with a winning record. Something has got to give here in Week 15.
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