Steve Beuerlein: Minnesota Vikings Can't Win Super Bowl With Kirk Cousins

Steve Beuerlein does not believe that Cousins can get the Vikings – or any team – to "the promised land"

The DA Show
November 01, 2018 - 11:00 am

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After reaching the NFC Championship – and giving Kirk Cousins a guaranteed $84 million – the Minnesota Vikings were expected to reach, if not win, the Super Bowl.

Three games into the season, though, the Vikings are 1-1-1. Even worse, they trailed the Buffalo Bills 27-0 at home Sunday. 

The Bills, by the way, were outscored 78-23 through two weeks.

So, are the Vikings frauds? Or was Sunday just one bad day?

“I’m going to write it off as one bad day,” former NFL quarterback and current CBS Sports Network NFL analyst Steve Beuerlein said on The DA Show. “They obviously were not ready to play, and I respect Mike Zimmer for how he handled it after the fact by saying he did not do a good job of getting his team ready to play. I think the Vikings are still in the elite level of teams in the NFC, but that was a big, big wake-up call for them, to say the least.”

Cousins did not play well. He finished 40-of-55 for 296 yards, one garbage-time touchdown, one interception, and three fumbles (two lost).

Beuerlein was not surprised that Cousins came up short when his team needed him the most. 

“This is what I’ve been saying all along: I’ve never been sold on Kirk Cousins as being a guy that can get any team to the promised land,” he said. “Now, he’s made a lot of money over the years, he put up a lot of numbers – I think he’s a good quarterback. But I don’t know how consistent he’s going to play in the big games and when the team needs him to step up and make the plays to get them back into the game a la Tom Brady, a la Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees – all these people that he’s getting paid on the same level, if not more, with the guarantees and everything. He has never shown himself to be that guy.

“The way he kind of crumbled with the turnovers and not being able to get his offense even jumpstarted a little bit, that was a very big red flag to me,” Beuerlein continued. “We’re going to see how he responds moving forward.”

The Vikings play three of their next four games on the road, including games against the Rams (3-0) and Eagles (2-1) in Weeks 4 and 5, respectively. Kickoff from Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is slated for Thursday at 8:20 p.m. ET.

Will Cousins play better? Time will tell. But his performance against the Bills won’t cut it.

“Look, he’s guaranteed $84 million,” Beuerlein said. “He was brought there to lead them to the Super Bowl. He was brought there to be Tom Brady, to be Drew Brees – whatever quarterback you want to mention that’s won a Super Bowl. That’s why Kirk Cousins was brought there, and he’s being paid that kind of money – and he’s been paid that kind of money – for the last several years. He has got to be able to put this team on his back in games like that when they’re not playing well and find a way to get them into the end zone. 

“That’s what John Elway used to do,” Beuerlein continued. “He could play terrible for three-and-a-half quarters, but he’d make two throws at the end of the game, and all of a sudden they’d be winning the ball game. That’s what you’re expecting out of your franchise quarterback who you’ve committed to and you’ve got a team built around him.”