A primetime loss that included two interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, certainly brought national scrutiny back on Kirk Cousins.
The Vikings quarterback is use to seeing his play scrutinized and said he doesn't pay attention to what's been said outside of the team's facilities. Cousins is one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league, which adds to the spotlight on Minnesota's new signal caller, but he said it was no different in Washington when he was on a rookie contract.
“For me, to answer that, I’d have to like be reading it and knowing about it," Cousins said on Wednesday. "I really don’t know what’s being said or what’s being scrutinized. I honestly can’t tell you. I know that as an NFL quarterback who’s playing, you’re going to get scrutinized. I was making league minimum my fourth year in Washington, and I was pretty scrutinized that year, too. So I think it goes without saying that when you’re an NFL quarterback, you’re going to be judged and evaluated inside the building and outside the building, and you understand that’s what you signed up for, and that’s certainly part of the job.”
Cousins has 11 turnovers this season. He has seven interceptions, four of which have come in the past three games. He's also tied for the league lead with four fumbles lost. Heading into another primetime game, and another divisional game with Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers on the other side, will again put the attention on Cousins' performance.
Cousins had his best game of the season when the Vikings and Packers played in Week 2. Cousins threw for season-highs of 425 yards and four touchdowns, and orchestrated a fourth-quarter comeback to force overtime in the eventual 29-all tie.