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Chargers: Quarterback grades as Kirk Cousins outduels Justin Herbert

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Kirk Cousins
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Kirk Cousins: B+

Kirk Cousins was pretty good in this game. Now, to be fair, he was helped out a lot by his receiving corps absolutely tearing apart the Chargers' secondary but Cousins still made the throws when he needed to make them, especially late in the game.

The real story here is that the Chargers were down two starters in the secondary and it showed. The Vikings really exploited Tevaughn Campbell, Chris Harris and Alohi Gilman in the passing game and that allowed Justin Jefferson and co. to make Cousins' life easier.

He still made some tough throws, though. He rifled in a touchdown pass Tyler Conklin for his first passing touchdown of the game and then threw a perfect float to Conklin with pressure in his face for the second touchdown.

Overall, Cousins completed 25 of 37 passes for 294 yards with that pair of touchdowns. He had one turnover, which was on a forced fumble in the first quarter, and did not make many mistakes after that.

He was not perfect and he made a potentially huge mistake late in the second quarter by throwing the ball away for an incompletion instead of taking a sack that allowed the Chargers to keep a second timeout for their last drive. However, the Bolts were unable to make Cousins and the Vikings pay.

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Cousins did enough to guide his team to a win and he definitely got more help than Justin Herbert did, but at the end of the day, he also played better than Herbert.