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Author: Jon Kuzma
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The Minnesota Vikings found themselves in a tough situation when Sam Bradford went down last season. Even though Case Keenum stepped into the starting line up and had a tremendous amount of success. It’s still hard for a team to fulfill their goals when their starting quarterback is sidelined for a long period of time with an injury. Mike Zimmer believes those problems are in the past though and now Kirk Cousins will be the focal point of this offense. In fact Cousins has thrown for over 12,000 yards and 75 touchdowns in his last three seasons alone. Sam Bradford hasn’t even come close to matching that output over any three years he was a starter. So there’s definitely a huge quarterback advantage for Minnesota this time around and that should yield some big returns in the passing game. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs should see a nice spike in their production as well. There’s just going to be more opportunity to make plays and that has to have those Minnesota wide outs excited for what the future hold? Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray will also force some of the defenses they face to commit to stopping the run. By blitzing to fill those running lanes that will leave the secondary in unfavorable circumstances and we know Cousins is good enough to take advantage of man coverage. The situation as a whole is just perfect for the Former Redskins QB and that’s why Cousins picked the Vikings over any other squad. This organization needs to win a super Bowl within the next couple of seasons because that’s their window to make something happen. The other franchises will evolve extremely fast and eventually someone will surpass this team as a contender. Which is exactly why Mike Zimmer stated that if he doesn’t get the quarterback decision right this offseason he’ll likely be fired. The margin for error is so small in the National Football League but it seems like this ball club got it right with Cousins.
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The Vikings like what they see out of Kirk Cousins and now team is on the rise.