Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins had himself a no good, very bad first half on Sunday.
Cousins threw three interceptions in the first 30 minutes of a 40-23 loss to the previously winless Atlanta Falcons. He added three touchdowns in the second half after the Vikings (1-5) were getting shut out 23-0. He was 24-of-36 for 343 passing yards.
It was the first win of the season for the Falcons (1-5), who fired coach Dan Quinn after the Week 5 loss. Raheem Morris took over as interim coach. Matt Ryan was 30 of 40 for 371 yards and four touchdowns.
Kirk Cousins throws 3 INTs in first half
Cousins’ bad day started on the first play of the game when he tried to hit Justin Jefferson in the middle of the field. Instead, Falcons linebacker Deion Jones read the play and got his first interception of the season.
The Falcons scored on the ensuing five-play drive with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to Julio Jones.
The Vikings went three-and-out on their next two possessions. After recovering a Falcons fumble, the offense failed to convert a fourth-and-goal on the 1-yard-line. The offense went 74 yards on eight plays but came up empty.
Cousins threw interceptions four plays into each of the next two Vikings drives. The Falcons scored 10 points off of them.
He now leads the league in picks with 10, overtaking Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz. Wentz came into Week 6 with the most at nine and didn’t throw one in a loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Vikings offense struggles early against Falcons
The three interceptions and zero touchdowns were the first for a quarterback in a half this season, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
It was an extra sour note for Cousins against a Falcons defense that had been giving up good outings to opposing quarterbacks. They came into the game giving up an average 335.8 passing yards per game.
Kirk Cousins is the first player with 0 Pass TD & 3 interceptions in a half this season.
Entering today, the Falcons had allowed the highest Total QBR (81.8) in the NFL, 15 Pass TD to just 2 Int, and had not held an opponent scoreless in the first half.
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— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 18, 2020
He signed a $66 million contract extension in March, a full year before his three-year deal was to expire. He bounced back in the second half with three touchdowns, his team already trailing 23-0 minutes into the third quarter.
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