The month of October was a special month for Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins, and because he played so well, he was named NFC Offensive Player of the Month.
Cousins finished the month 91-of-116 (78.4%) for 1,262 yards, ten touchdowns, one interception, and a passer rating of 137.1 while leading the Vikings to a perfect 4-0 record. The Michigan State graduate’s 78.4 completion percentage led the NFL, while his ten passing touchdowns tied for the league lead. His 137.1 passer rating in October marked the second-highest passer rating in any month in NFL history (minimum 100 attempts), trailing only Peyton Manning’s 138.0 passer rating in September of 2013.
The eighth-year veteran helped the Vikings offense record 1,875 yards of total offense in four October games, the second-highest yardage total in any four-game span in franchise history (1,968 yards in Weeks 2-6 of the 2004 season).
Obviously, for Cousins to have success, everybody on the offense has to be playing well, and according to Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski, this award about the whole offense.
I think it’s a great individual honor, but I think even Kirk (Cousins) would tell you, it reflects on your teammates,” Stefanski said on Thursday. “Somebody has to catch those balls. Somebody is protecting for him. I know he would tell you that. Proud of him and I think he earned that, but that’s really as much as it is an individual honor, I think the rest of the offensive players can take pride in that achievement.”
Everybody on the offensive side of the ball should get credit for Cousins winning this award, but Cousins really stepped up his play this month, and that’s one of the reasons the Vikings are in 6-2 and playing some big-time football right now.