Kirk Cousins might be the most misunderstood quarterback in the entire NFL.
Cousins catches a lot of flak for not being “clutch” or not being able to elevate his team, when really the issue is that his team doesn’t give him the opportunity to do so.
The Minnesota Vikings have leaned on the production of Dalvin Cook. He nearly amassed 2,000 scrimmage yards and 19 touchdowns last season. While Cook is a great back, the Vikings still have Adam Thielen and the emerging Justin Jefferson on the outside that could help make Cousins one of the league's better passers.
In his rookie season, Jefferson had 1,400 yards and seven touchdowns. On the other side, Thielen had 925 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns.
With weapons like that on the outside, Minnesota could be able to fully unlock Cousins and run one of the most dangerous offenses in the NFL.
Currently, WynnBET is giving Cousins +3000 odds to win MVP, which could go up if he and the Vikings get off to a hot start. The Vikings as a whole are projected to finish second in the division with +250 odds to do so. With Green Bay uncertain about Aaron Rodgers, the Vikings could be in a position to steal the division crown away.
Even when he was in Washington, Cousins showed his ability to put up big numbers with average talent around him. Now, he has all the pieces needed to get the job done. Minnesota just has to let him.