Week 11 of the NFL season saw a major development in the NFC East thanks to an unfortunate injury, while a QB in Baltimore found success in his first start. The Steelers, Texans and Saints continue to win, while the Bucs and Jags continue to lose. Whether it was some units, full teams or individual players, there were plenty of disappointments during Week 11. Let’s take a look at the 15 biggest disappointments of the week.
Kirk Cousins, QB, Vikings
The Vikings brought in Kirk Cousins and paid him $84 million to help elevate the offense. The performance he gave on Sunday night was anything but that. Cousins was under pressure — primarily from Khalil Mack — for most of the game and was unable to get much going. The offense was shut out in the first half. When they had a chance to score before the half, Cousins threw an interception. Given a short field after an interception in the third, Cousins could only turn that into three points. He got not help from the non-existent running game, as Dalvin Cook repeatedly ran into defenders and even lost a fumble. But it wasn’t until the final minutes of the game that Cousins was finally able to start moving the ball down the field.
New Orleans Saints defensive end Cam Jordan thinks there are a lot of quarterbacks in the NFL stealing money, and he joked that Kirk Cousins is one of them.
Jordan was asked on Thursday whether Cousins is the best businessman in the NFL. That led him to joke about him stealing so much money.
Reporter: Is Kirk Cousins the best businessman in the NFL?
Saints DE Cam Jordan: “I’d say so. I mean, no. There’s other quarterbacks that are stealing almost as much.”
— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) October 25, 2018
Here’s the video clip:
— Brett Martel (@brettmartel) October 25, 2018
Jordan then clarified on Twitter that Cousins earned his pay, while other quarterbacks who aren’t as good seem overpaid because the market value for that position is so high.
Same happens throughout all positions… probably leagues: Nfl, Nba, Nhl, Mlb… Kirk earned his… some are given Mkt value not so much as to what they’ve earned just stating the obvious.
— cameron jordan (@camjordan94) October 25, 2018
Cousins signed a 3-year, $84 million deal with the Vikings, with all of the money being guaranteed — something nearly unprecedented for an NFL contract. He has thrown for 2,162 yards, 14 touchdowns and 3 interceptions this season and is on his way to the best season of his career. Cousins’ Vikings will face Jordan’s Saints on Sunday night.
As for the talk about Cousins as a businessman, the guy has been known to file for some great trademarks.
Kirk Cousins has only been with the Minnesota Vikings for five regular season games, but it seems obvious that the star quarterback has quickly emerged as the unquestioned leader of the team.
Prior to Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, Cousins gave a fiery speech to his teammates. He wasn’t just talking to offensive players, either, as he urged Minnesota’s defense to “suffocate” rookie quarterback Josh Rosen.
"When I shoot, I score. When you shoot, I score."
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) October 14, 2018
If that doesn’t make you want to run through a brick wall, nothing will. We’ve seen NFL quarterbacks get ruthlessly mocked for pregame speeches in the past, but we doubt anyone is going to taunt Cousins over that.
The first five weeks of NFL action have produced a whole lot of standout players and performances. Some are expected — there’s nothing particularly surprising about Drew Brees going off anymore, as much as we can all appreciate it. But others have come out of the blue. Foremost among them? A second-year quarterback in Kansas City who is unexpectedly at the helm of what may be the NFL’s best team.
So who are these standout offensive players who are getting it done so far? Here’s a look at ten players who are putting up big numbers and having a huge impact for their teams.
10. Calvin Ridley, WR, Falcons
Ridley’s total yardage isn’t extremely impressive at just 302 yards through five games, but he’s very quickly become a Matt Ryan red-zone favorite. The rookie out of Alabama has already caught six touchdowns this season, good enough to lead the NFL and probably deeply annoy Julio Jones fantasy owners. He’s on pace for outstanding production, and while he’ll probably slow down a bit, there’s no ignoring what he’s been able to do thus far.
Members of the Buffalo Bills trolled Kirk Cousins after a stunning win in Minnesota on Sunday.
The Bills entered Week 3 0-2 and looked like one of the worst teams in the league. But they looked anything but that as they smashed the Vikings 27-6.
Cousins went 40/55 for 296 yards, a touchdown and an interception, with the touchdown only coming late in the fourth quarter to avoid a shutout.
According to Bills reporter Mike Rodak, Buffalo players were heard yelling, “you like that!?!” in the locker room after the win.
Can hear players yelling “You like that!?!” from Bills locker room as they return from field. Can’t imagine who that is referencing.
— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) September 23, 2018
Here’s a video showing one example of it:
After the Bills beat Kirk Cousins and the Vikings, Tre White used a familiar phrase…pic.twitter.com/YNSMx2LkaO
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) September 23, 2018
That line is a reference to what Cousins yelled at a reporter after a huge comeback win over the Bucs in 2015. It has become Cousins’ signature line, to the point that he’s tried to trademark something similar with the Vikings.
Kirk Cousins unintentionally coined a catch phrase two seasons ago when he called out a reporter after putting up one of his better performances, and he’s still looking to capitalize on its popularity.
A filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office shows that Cousins is looking to trademark the phrase “You Vike That!” for use on hats, t-shirts and other items. The phrase is a Minnesota Vikings-style play on words stemming from the time Cousins shouted “you like that?!” after he led Washington to a major comeback victory over Tampa Bay in 2015.
Cousins calling out his naysayers was a moment that has spilled over into other professional sports leagues, so it makes sense that he wants to capitalize on it as much as possible.
A very popular argument among NFL fans has to do with the quarterbacks: who are the best? Which team’s quarterback is superior? Whom would you trust to win one game if you had to?
We have no expectation that this list will settle any such arguments, but it’s still fun to debate. Which quarterbacks are the best? Who means the most to their team? Here are the top 15 signal-callers in the NFL.
15) Jared Goff, Rams
A breakout 2017 has ensured that Goff is regarded as one of the NFL’s rising young stars at the quarterback position. He threw for 3,804 yards and 28 touchdowns to just seven interceptions in his 15 games, a massive improvement from a promising but uneven rookie season. Expectations are higher than ever for his third NFL year, where he’ll guide an offense that will be expected to contend for a Super Bowl.