Kirk Cousins Says He Experienced ‘Some of the Best Moments With the Lord’ During Vikings’ Struggles Earlier This Season

FILE PHOTO: Dec 8, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) celebrates after the game against Detroit Lions at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Following a 10-6 regular season in 2019, and an overtime playoff win over New Orleans before a playoff loss to San Francisco, the Minnesota Vikings had high hopes of building on that success in 2020. Then they started the season 1-5.

After a crushing 40-23 defeat to previously-winless Atlanta in Week 6, the Vikings entered their bye week. And coming out of their week off, they would face all three of their NFC North divisional opponents. The season was certainly not going how Minnesota had hoped.

And it was weighing on the leader of the Vikings, quarterback Kirk Cousins. So he turned to the Lord.

“So many of us [NFL players], we still face daily stresses, we fail time and again on the field, off the field. The tough start to our season was a great reminder of that,” Cousins said Wednesday on the Sports Spectrum Football Special. “But I also know that when we went to that bye week after starting 1-5, I had some of the best moments with the Lord during my quiet time that week than I have had in a long time.

“And a large part of it was because we were struggling so much in what I do professionally. I think that drove me closer to the Lord. Not that I wanted to start 1-5, but at the same time, God can use that to bring me closer to Him and develop things in me that otherwise might not get developed.”

Things for the Vikings immediately took a turn for the better after the bye. They knocked off Green Bay in Week 8, then Detroit and then Chicago. They fell to Dallas in Week 11, but bounced back to defeat Carolina and Jacksonville to bring their record to 6-6 with four games remaining. Minnesota now sits in seventh place in the NFC, which would give them the final playoff berth (this is the first year the NFL will have seven playoff teams in the AFC and NFC).

And Cousins has been a big reason for the team’s turnaround. In the first six games, he threw 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. In the six games since the bye, he’s tossed 15 touchdowns with just two picks.

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SOURCE: Christian Post; Sports Spectrum, Jon Ackerman