Fall 2021 SS Magazine

Kirk Cousins leads Vikings to win over the Eagles with his best game of the season

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins had his best game of the season in his team’s 38-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Cousins went 22-of-29 for a season-high 333 yards while matching his career-best with four touchdown passes.

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The victory moved the Vikings to 4-2 for the season and within half a game of the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North.

Through the ups and downs of life as an NFL quarterback, Cousins is staying grounded in his relationship with Christ.

“The ultimate foundation of my life is to be a fully devoted follower of Jesus,” he said on the Sports Spectrum Podcast last year. “And that means so much more than just checking a box and saying you’re a Christian.”

Cousins is in the second year of the three-year, $84 million deal with the Vikings. He set a franchise record with 425 completed passes and ranked second in the NFL in completion percentage at 70.1 percent last season.

One of the ways Cousins handles the pressure and responsibilities that come with being a quarterback is by keeping everything in perspective.

“God is so much bigger than pleasing a boss or pleasing a teacher or winning a group of friends,” Cousins said. “God is so much bigger than that. He can lead you to the right people. He can create the right environment, the right situation, the right college opportunity. You don’t have to bend over to the ways of the world. You can work and strive to please the Lord and then He will make things work out for you in turn.”

Cousins and the Vikings face the Lions at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.

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