Aug 20, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. Necessary Credit score: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports activities.
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Usually, when a crew goes up in opposition to a QB that has performed in a Tremendous Bowl, it means they’re in for a tough evening. As for Kirk Cousins and the Vikings in 2022 although, they barely think about it to be a problem.
After finishing a double-digit comeback (twice) in opposition to Jared Goff and the Detroit Lions, the Minnesota Vikings have moved to 2-0 when taking part in in opposition to groups that function quarterbacks who’ve appeared in Tremendous Bowls. Their first win clearly got here in Week 1 in opposition to Aaron Rodgers and the Inexperienced Bay Packers when the Vikings torched Inexperienced Bay’s protection, 23-7.
Rodgers took the Inexperienced Bay Packers to a Tremendous Bowl XLV victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, profitable 31-25. The Packers QB accomplished 24-of-39 passes for 304 yards and three TDs within the win on February sixth, 2011.
Inexperienced Bay has not been again to the Tremendous Bowl since, regardless of showing in 4 NFC championship video games.
Almost a decade later, Goff helped the Los Angeles Rams make Tremendous Bowl LIII the place the Rams misplaced to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, 13-3. Goff struggled all through the sport in opposition to a stout New England protection. He accomplished 19-of-38 passes for 229 yards, no touchdowns, and an interception.
Since this look, the Rams made their blockbuster commerce to maneuver their first general choose from the 2016 draft to the Detroit Lions. In return, Los Angeles acquired Matthew Stafford, and he helped them win Tremendous Bowl LVI over the Cincinnati Bengals, 23-20. In that sport, Stafford accomplished 26-of-40 passes for 283 yards, 3 TDs, and a pair of INTs.
Transferring by way of the remainder of the 2022 season, there’s a risk that the Vikings have both two or three extra conferences with Tremendous Bowl QBs on their schedule. In fact, they’ve their New 12 months’s Day matchup with the Inexperienced Bay Packers in Lambeau Subject.
Assuming Rodgers stays wholesome, he’ll play in that sport, and I’ve already predicted that this sport would be the deciding issue within the NFC North race.
The opposite potential matchups embody video games in opposition to Matt Ryan and the Indianapolis Colts and Joe Flacco and the New York Jets.
The Flacco matchup is murky in the intervening time because it is dependent upon Zach Wilson’s well being. He suffered a sprained PCL and a bone bruise on his knee throughout the preseason and has not appeared in a daily season sport but this season. In his stead, Flacco has been beginning for the Jets.
Assuming Wilson is wholesome for the Week 13 matchup, the Vikings will see him quite than Flacco. The sport in opposition to the Colts is available in Week 15. Hopefully Minnesota’s success in opposition to these former Tremendous Bowl QBs continues as they pursue their first journey to the Large Recreation since 1976.