Kirk Cousins, now a seasoned quarterback, can relate to the main character’s “case of the Mondays” in the cult classic “Office Space,” which was released when he was just 10 years old. At that time, the film probably didn’t have much significance for him, but the feeling resonates with him now.
Before Monday night’s game against the 49ers, Cousins had a career record of 12-21 in prime-time matchups, with a particularly challenging 2-10 record on “Monday Night Football.” However, he managed to alter that narrative with his performance against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday. Cousins completed 35 of 45 passes for 378 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception, earning a rating of 107.2. Remarkably, he wasn’t sacked despite dropping back 45 times.
After this game, his prime-time records improved to 3-10 on “Monday Night Football” and 13-21 overall. In his career, Cousins’ 378 passing yards marked the fourth-highest total against a team coached by Kyle Shanahan.
In his time with the Minnesota Vikings, Cousins has posted an 8-10 record in prime-time games, an improvement from his 5-11 record in such games during his tenure in Washington. He’s been particularly effective in home prime-time games in Minnesota, boasting a 6-3 record, and holds a 9-8 overall record in prime-time games played at home throughout his career.
Cousins, who is now 35 years old, has been putting up impressive numbers this season despite the Vikings’ 3-4 start. He has a completion rate of 68.9% with 16 touchdowns and five interceptions, resulting in a rating of 101.8.
The “prime-time narrative” may always be associated with Cousins, but he managed to break that streak in a single game with his outstanding performance.