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Mike Zimmer wants Kirk Cousins to keep being aggressive, go ‘for the jugular’

11/23/2021 3:51:19 PM
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Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has been more aggressive throwing downfield in the past two games, and head coach Mike Zimmer wants it to remain that way, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports.

Cousins said after Sunday’s 34-31 win over Green Bay at U.S. Bank Stadium that he made “a half-dozen throws there that were too aggressive.” There were two throws initially ruled interceptions by Packers safety Darnell Savage, but one was nullified by a roughing-the-passer call and one late in the game was ruled an incompletion following a replay. And there was a deep ball to Adam Thielen that the receiver broke up to prevent an interception.

“I want (Cousins) to keep doing it like he’s doing it,’’ Zimmer said Monday. “He can’t second-guess himself. If he throws an interception, that’s life. But you keep going for the jugular. It’s going to open up a lot of other areas in the running game. It’s going to open up other players.”

Cousins completed 24 of 35 passes for 341 yards with three touchdowns Sunday, his average yards per attempt being a season-high 11.5. The week before, he completed 25 of 37 passes for 294 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-20 win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

Zimmer also is thinking aggressively about the final seven games of the season. The Vikings are 5-5 entering Sunday’s game at San Francisco.

“I mean, 6-5 isn’t our goal,’’ he said. “We don’t want to be 6-5, we want to be 12-5 if we can. It’s important that if we get another win, then we can hopefully stack a few together.’’

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