Kirk Cousins’ NFL Top 100 Ranking Is a Surprise

Monday brought an answer, and it turns out Cousins wasn't ignored. The 34-year-old landed in the 42nd spot on the illustrious list compiled by the network.

For the eighth time in his career, Cousins made it in thanks to player vote, landing between Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson (41) and Houston Texans linebacker Demario Davis (43).

It's a huge jump for Cousins, who now sits at No. 2 in the league, ahead of quarterbacks like Trevor Lawrence (No. 96, Jacksonville Jaguars) and Tua Tagovailoa (No. 82, Miami Dolphins) and even Aaron Rodgers (No. 51, New York Jets) and Lamar Jackson (No. 72, Baltimore Ravens).

The Vikings' 13-4 record last season, led by quarterback Kirk Cousins, came out of nowhere.

Last year at this time, oddsmakers had Minnesota winning 8.5 games, which is also the Vikings' official win-loss record as of July 2023. 

In 2022, however, the Vikings transformed into "situational masters," setting an NFL record with an 11-0 record in games decided by a touchdown or less.

Cousins also came close to setting an NFL record for most game-winning drives in a season, matching Matthew Stafford's total of 8. 

Despite Minnesota blowing second and fourth-quarter leads in 2020 and 2021, Cousins and the Vikings never lost a close game and consistently won barnburners in the postseason.

In an NFL Network vignette video, Cousins' teammate and reigning NFL Offensive Player of the Year Justin Jefferson stated of him, "We put the chains on him, and he got into a different character than he was before.

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