Halfway by means of the second quarter on Sunday, quarterback Kirk Cousins appeared on the jumbotron and located he had simply entered the Vikings’ document ebook.
Cousins accomplished his first 17 passes in Minnesota’s 29-22 win over the Chicago Bears at US Financial institution Stadium. Add within the two passes he accomplished on the finish of an Oct. 2 sport in opposition to the New Orleans Saints, and that gave him 19 in a row.
That broke the multi-game and single-game staff information for consecutive completions, which had each been held by Tommy Kramer. He accomplished 16 consecutive passes on November 11, 1979 at Inexperienced Bay.
“I noticed that graphic when it got here up as a result of I used to be sitting watching the sport with 70,000 different individuals within the stadium once I was on the bench,” Cousins mentioned. “I felt like we had solely thrown about eight passes at me after they mentioned that. You simply play. You are probably not serious about that.
Kramer signed autographs within the US Financial institution Stadium car parking zone earlier than Sunday’s sport after which appeared at Chanticlear Pizza in Coon Rapids. When it got here out on tv that Cousins had damaged his document, Kramer mentioned he did not even know he had the mark. He did keep in mind finishing a bunch of passes in a row in that 1979 sport in opposition to the Packers, however he hadn’t been capable of keep in mind the precise quantity earlier than.
Vikings vast receiver Adam Thielen additionally noticed on the jumbotron that Cousins had damaged the document. He known as it “fairly cool”.
Cousins accomplished 32 of 41 passes for 296 yards with a landing and an interception. His solely actually dangerous move of the sport got here on an interception thrown early within the fourth quarter to Kindle Vildor when Cousins mentioned he’d had success with that play earlier than “as a substitute of simply working the play within the void.”
Cousins’ landing shot got here on a 1-yard shuttle move to vast receiver Jalen Reagor halfway by means of the second quarter, giving the Vikings (4-1) a 21-3 lead. That was the final move earlier than Cousins’ completion streak ended on the next drive.
“Any person instructed me at halftime. I had no thought (concerning the document),” Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell mentioned. “I felt that I used to be taking part in very properly and that the ball was popping out. Very decisive and actually profiting from the plan that we put collectively.”
Greater than the document itself, Cousins mentioned what he likes most about finishing that many passes in a row is that he generates proportion. For Sunday’s sport, he accomplished 78 p.c of his passes, elevating his season proportion to 66.2.
“You actually wish to satisfaction your self on being a man with a excessive completion proportion, inside purpose,” Cousins mentioned. “I believe generally it may be a stat that you may misuse, however I believe completion proportion tends to mirror good selections.”
For some time Sunday, it appeared like Cousins would not be the one Vikings participant to set a staff document. Vast receiver Justin Jefferson had 10 receptions for 138 yards within the first half and appeared poised to problem Sammy White’s 1976 document of 210 receiving yards in a sport.
Jefferson slowed down within the second half, however completed with 12 receptions for a career-high 154 yards. And Thielen was impressed watching each Cousins and Jefferson.
“These guys are elite soccer gamers and clearly an enormous purpose why we’re the place we’re proper now within the season,” he mentioned.