Kirk Cousins likely lost for season with Achilles injury in Vikings' 24-10 win over Packers


October 30, 2023

Carlos Gonzalez, Star Tribune

Kirk Cousins was carted out of Lambeau Field in the fourth quarter of the Vikings' victory at Green Bay on Sunday.

GREEN BAY, WIS. - The first scene of "Quarterback," the Netflix series that followed three NFL passers on and off the field throughout the 2022 season, opened with Kirk Cousins reading Sports Illustrated's "Big Book of Why" to his son Turner after the Vikings' playoff loss in January.

"Why does the NFL have so many rules against hitting quarterbacks?" Cousins read in the scene. "An injury to the quarterback can sink a team's entire season."

Three months after the premiere of a series that humanized Cousins for Vikings fans by highlighting his toughness and diligence, the quarterback was in the midst of one of his finest seasons, ranking second in the NFL in touchdown passes and third in yards despite playing three games without the injured Justin Jefferson. Six days after he threw for 378 yards in a Monday night upset of the 49ers, Cousins had helped the Vikings build their largest lead at Lambeau Field since the day Brett Favre emerged from the visitor's tunnel against his old team in 2009. Cousins had completed 23 of 31 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns without a sack. As he drove the Vikings toward Lambeau's south end zone, it appeared they would head home with a three-game win streak and a decisive victory that would highlight their newfound quarterbacking advantage over their hated rival.


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