Kirk Cousins was a bit off center on Sunday.
While the quarterback was 20-of-32 passing for 238 yards, two touchdowns and a pick, it was what happened with the game on the line that was something of a microcosm of Cousins’ career.
Late in the Vikings’ Week 12 game with the 49ers, Minnesota was scrambling to get lined up while on the San Francisco 3-yard line, and Cousins had the best frame of the blooper reel: The quarterback lined up under his right guard to take the snap (which isn’t how that works) and the Vikings were forced to call a timeout with the play clock expiring.
Following the game, Cousins explained the gaffe:
“We just didn’t get lined up properly and the play clock was winding down,” Cousins said post-game. “I was just moving, trying to get everybody settled up and just got under the wrong guy.”
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On the ensuing play, Cousins and the Vikings would fail to convert the fourth down, with the quarterback tossing the ball out of the end zone.
Minnesota would get the ball back for one last ditch effort at tying the game, but wouldn’t be able to convert a fourth-and-8 to keep the drive alive. Instead, the Vikings fell to 5-6 on the season, but remain in the playoff hunt for the time being.
Here’s hoping Cousins doesn’t take a knee instead of spiking the ball, or something weird in that stretch.