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Kirk Cousins' 2019 Numbers Are Surprisingly Similar to Patrick Mahomes MVP Season

Dan Israeli
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The Minnesota Vikings are 6-2 on the season, following their Thursday Night Football victory over the Washington Redskins (19-9) to kick off Week 8 of the NFL season. While he didn't contribute any touchdowns in the win, quarterback Kirk Cousins has played great football as of late, throwing 10 touchdowns to one pick in the past four weeks, good for a 137.1 passer rating.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network used Cousin's 2019 start as a measuring stick against Patrick Mahomes' 2018 MVP season. Through eight weeks, both QBs have had similar numbers as far as touchdown-to-interception ratio and passer rating, while Cousins has better stats when it comes to completion percentage and yards per attempt.

Of course, those numbers don't tell the whole story. Due to his low passing volume, especially in the first four weeks, Cousin's 1,997 passing yards and 13 passing touchdowns through eight weeks trail Mahomes' marks, who totaled 2,526 yards and 26 TDs through the first half of 2018.

Cousin's slow statistical start is a big reason for him being only 11th in MVP odds at 4400, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, even behind his own teammate in running back Dalvin Cook (+2300). Still, Cousins is coming off a prolific month of October, and could talk himself into the MVP conversation if his passing stats continue to tick up, while the Vikings continue to win games in a crowded NFC.

Cousins was without star wide receiver Adam Thielen against the Redskins, but still totaled 285 yards on 23-26 passing, albeit with no touchdowns. Thielen is expected to return in Week 9, for a matchup with none other than (potentially) Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.


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