When the Minnesota Vikings gave Kirk Cousins a $84-million contract in 2018, the organization surely hoped the move would get them over the top and into the Super Bowl. At the time of the signing, Minnesota was coming off a loss in the 2017 NFC Championship game, and added what looked to be the best quarterback available in the 2018 offseason.
However, things haven't exactly gone smoothly for Minnesota since the signing. The Vikings fired their offensive coordinator midseason last year before eventually missing the playoffs with just a 8-7-1 record.
Cousins has proven to be a good quarterback with solid stats, but when you take a deeper look at his career record against more competitive opponents, there's a troubling a pattern.
Kirk Cousins Record Against Teams With Winning Records
After the Vikings fell to the Chicago Bears,16-6, in this past Sunday's Week 4 matchup, Cousins is now just 5-27 as starter in games against teams with winning records over his seven-year NFL career.
That loss left him 0-2 against such competition through four weeks this season, while Cousins and Minnesota went just 1-6 against teams above .500 in 2018.
If this sort of trend continues through the end of this year, Minnesota could be in some serious trouble. As the Vikings' remaining 2019 NFL regular-season schedule sits now, Cousins and Minnesota are staring at seven more opponents currently above .500.
To make matters worse, the Vikings appear to be caught in the most competitive division in the NFL through Week 4, as 2-2 Minnesota is the only member of the NFC North not currently above .500.
Unfortunately for the Vikings, that also means four of those seven upcoming above-.500 challengers are also divisional opponents.
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