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All the Minnesota Vikings need to do is beat the Chicago Bears this weekend and they're in the playoffs. It hasn't been pretty at times this year, but they control their own destiny going into Week 17, which is all you can ask for. 


A win would probably give the Vikings the No. 6 seed and a rematch with the Chicago Bears in the first round unless the Seahawks lost to Arizona.  However, while all these scenarios are well and good, the Vikings do have to still win the game and with Kirk Cousins at quarterback that is no guarantee. 

A 1-7-1 record against winning teams in your last nine starts is the type of stuff that gets people fired, not an $84-million contract. Also, if you're wondering if this is just a bad stretch in Cousins' career, no, he has some of the worst stats ever when it comes to winning games against good teams. 

The Bears are a winning team and Cousins needs to beat them to get his team in the playoffs. Unfortunately, he's only beaten four of those in his entire NFL career. The good thing is this game is at home and won't be in primetime, so those numbers can be taken out of the equation. 

​​What gets Cousins paid are his stats, and he's had some solid ones in these games. Overall this year, Cousins is completing 70.7 percent of his passes for 4,166 yard and 29 touchdowns. He even has a quarterback rating of 100.9. He's a respectable quarterback on paper, but when it comes to getting victories against the NFL's elite, he seems to be cursed. 


So if you're a Vikings fan you have a right to be nervous on Sunday, if you're an Eagles fan this is great news and if you're a bettor, stay away from Kirk Cousins in this game.  


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