Minnesota Vikings: Studs and duds vs. Lions in Week 7

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Stud: Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins has put together three straight impressive performances to anchor Minnesota’s offense, and that in return has helped lead the Vikings to three wins in a row to improve to 5-2 in the 2019 campaign.

In the win on Sunday against Detroit, Cousins finished with a total of 337 yards passing and four touchdowns through the air. While not throwing an interception in the game, Cousins converted on 24 of his 34 pass attempts and averaged 9.9 yards per completion to grab a quarterback rating of 141.4.

After a rough start to the regular season while trying to figure things out on the offensive end of the game, Cousins and the Vikings are rolling and the quarterback once again had a standout performance to lead Minnesota to a third win in a row on the road in Week 7.

Dud: Giving up the big plays

The final dud in a game where not much went wrong for the Minnesota Vikings in the win was the Vikings’ ability to give up the big play to Detroit. Throughout the course of the game, Minnesota looked strong for a majority en route to its third straight victory through seven weeks of action, but it still needs to focus on not giving up the big plays to oppositions.

Notably, the Vikings allowed Lions wide receivers such as Marvin Jones Jr. and Danny Amendola to have some lengthy receptions that gave Detroit life when it looked like Minnesota had the game in hand.

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The Vikings were able to hold the Lions running game in check for the most part and didn’t allow them to break out for a large run in the win, but giving up the big plays is something to look at to correct ahead of Week 8 for Minnesota.