This Comes As No Surprise
Ever since both Adam Thielen and Stephon Diggs both criticized the Minnesota Vikings offense and how it was being executed, Kirk Cousins seems to have responded. The best example of that was against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 6 when a former teammate of his, Zach Brown said that Cousins was the “weakest part of the Vikings offense.” This was before the two teams would play that week. Cousins went on to throw for 333 yards and 4 touchdowns. Brown was released a couple days after. Some wondered if that was a motivational game and not a trend. Not surprising to me, Cousins had a repeat performance this last week against the Detroit Lions. Another 337 yards and 4 more touchdown passes. He leads the league in passer rating and he is on pace to have another 4,000 yard passing season. That fully guaranteed contract was given to him for a reason and he is showing you why.
Lest We Forget About Rodgers
Speaking of quarterbacks, there’s another one that we somehow forgot about. Aaron Rodgers has the Packers at 6-1 and this past week showed why he is among the top-5 quarterbacks in the game today. He threw 5 touchdown passes and ran for another one in their destruction of the Raiders. Up until last week the Packers have been winning with a strong defense and rushing attack that is keeping opponents guessing. There have also been a rash of injuries to the receiving corps, but that didn’t matter against Oakland. With this performance and the likelihood that Rodgers will continue to play at this level, he could be primed for another MVP season as long as Green Bay keeps winning.
Such A Disappointment
I’m not ready to completely write off the Los Angeles Chargers, but they are currently two games back of the last Wild Card spot at 2-5. We’re at the halfway point of the season and this is one of the most talented teams in the league and yet they are the most disappointing. Philip Rivers has had some good performances, but when the Chargers were in position to win some games late the turnover bug reared its ugly head. He’s thrown 6 interceptions and has 4 fumbles on the year. The rest of the team isn’t faring any better and this last week was proof with Melvin Gordon failing to cross the goal line late against Tennessee. He ended up fumbling on his final rush attempt. Their next two games will be a telling sign for them. If they defeat Chicago and Green Bay consecutively they should still be in the hunt for a playoff spot.