The Chicago Bears enter Week 11 riding high atop the division standings, and led by a talented quarterback poised for another breakout performance.
Once upon a time, Kirk Cousins, who grew up a Bears fan, probably dreamed about being that quarterback leading the Bears to glory. Instead, he’ll be on the opposite sideline trying to pull the second-place Vikings back into the division lead. Cousins re-visited his childhood memories growing up a Bears fan with Christ Tomasson of TwinCities.com, where he would discuss the special game that’s on deck for him and his teammates.
For the record, this isn’t Cousins’ first rodeo. Cousins started in Washington wins against the Bears in 2015 and 2016. The numbers have been pretty impressive, too. Cousins has completed 70 percent of his passes, thrown for 570 yards, two touchdowns, one interception, and a passer rating of 104.2. No wonder he relishes the opportunity to play at Soldier Field.
This season, Cousins is sporting a career-best 71.3 percent completion rate and 102.2 passer rating through nine games in Minnesota. His 259 completions lead the league and he is on pace for a 4,773-yard, 30-touchdown campaign. Not bad for the big-ticket free agent signing of the offseason.
Indeed, the Bears defense will have their plate full with the way Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have been performing this season.
- 78 receptions (1st)
- 947 yards (4th)
- 75.73 catch% (11th)
- 58 receptions (8th)
- 587 yards (24th)
- 68.24 catch% (46th)
Not to mention tight-end Kyle Rudolph, who’s been no slouch, himself.
Honestly, I didn’t think much of Cousins signing with the Vikings. Because while he put up some eye-opening numbers in Washington, he often led disappointing teams and made soul-crushing mistakes in crunch time. But he’s been good this year, and you know what? Good for him. I like to see Bears fans succeed, with the very notable exception being when they play the Bears or get in their way. So here’s hoping Kirk Cousins the worst this Sunday.
It’s the Bears season, Mr. Cousins, don’t you want to see them win?