Lunchbreak: Evaluating Cousins’ Performance Under Pressure 

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Lunchbreak: Evaluating Cousins’ Performance Under Pressure 

Post by Cliff » Mon Oct 01, 2018 11:27 am

The Vikings haven’t seen the overall results they’re looking for as a team, but quarterback Kirk Cousins is putting up strong stats in his first season in Purple.

Over four games, Cousins is 131-of-189 passing for 1,387 yards, 10 touchdowns and two interceptions with a passer rating of 103.6.

Matthew Coller of 1500ESPN.com pointed out, however, that Cousins’ first quarter of the 2018 season has been “hampered by sacks, hits, hurries and fumbles.” Coller broke down Cousins’ performance under pressure – which has been on a career-high 42.2 percent of his drop backs.

As a starter in 2015, that number was 35.9 percent; in 2016, 32 percent; and last season, Cousins was pressured on 36.6 percent of his drop backs. Coller wrote:

Especially over the last two weeks, opposing defensive linemen have found themselves in Cousins’ face. Buffalo Bills pass rusher Jerry Hughes registered 12 pressures, and Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald put up 13 on Thursday night. Consider that putting up five or six pressures would make for a very good game.

According to Coller, Cousins has “shredded blitzes to the tune of a 105.9 quarterback rating,” and teams have done the most harm with four-man rushes.

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