Kirk Cousins' record against every NFL team

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March 30th, 2021

*This article has since been updated to reflect Cousins' record against each NFL team as of Dec. 20, 2021.

Kirk Cousins isn't considered a top-tier quarterback by most, but the Minnesota Vikings signal caller has carved out a respectable career during his 10-year tenure in the NFL.

The former fourth-round pick out of Michigan State initially got his start in Washington, as the backup to Robert Griffin III. 

After the dual-threat quarterback from Baylor suffered a number of injuries, Cousins was elevated to starter and set numerous franchise records in Washington.

In 2018, Cousins joined the Vikings on a fully guaranteed, three-year, $84 million contract. In 2019, he guided Minnesota to a Wild Card win, and helped Justin Jefferson set the NFL rookie receiving yards record the following season.

Let's break down Cousins' career further, as we examine his regular-season and postseason records against every NFL team.

Cousins vs. the Atlanta Falcons

In Cousins' rookie season with Washington, he saw his first NFL game action in the third quarter of a Week 5 contest with Atlanta.

After Griffin suffered a concussion, Cousins stepped in and threw for 111 yards, plus his first touchdown pass, on a 77-yard strike to Santana Moss. On the down side, Cousins threw two interceptions in his last two series of the game, which ended in a 24-17 loss.

Cousins vs. the Baltimore Ravens

In Week 14 of the 2012 season, Cousins again replaced an injured Griffin on the final drive of the game, as Washington trailed by eight.

Cousins completed both of his passes and ended the drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garçon with 29 seconds left. The rookie then completed a two-point conversion on a quarterback draw to tie the game, 28-28.

Washington won in overtime, 31–28.

Cousins vs. the Chicago Bears

Cousins is 4-4 lifetime against Chicago.

Cousins collected two victories against the Bears while he played in Washington, then lost three straight against Chicago with Minnesota.

As a Viking, he earned his first win over the Bears in a 2020 matchup on Monday Night Football. That victory was Cousins' first win on Monday Night Football, after he previously owned an 0-9 record. 

Cousins vs. the Cleveland Browns

Cousins got his first NFL start on December 15, 2012 against the Browns.

After Washington fell behind, 14-10, at halftime, Cousins helped the team reel off 28 points in the second half to earn a 38–21 win.

Cousins did not play the final two games of his rookie season and finished 2012 with 466 passing yards, four touchdowns, and three interceptions.

Cousins vs. the Dallas Cowboys

In a January 2016 matchup with Dallas, Cousins threw for 176 yards, which brought his season total for passing yards to 4,166 — a single-season Washington franchise record, which Cousins broke again the following year.

Cousins also recorded three touchdown passes in the game, which gave him 29 for the season and the second-most for a season in franchise history.

His 69.8% completion percentage led the league in 2015.

The next season, on Thanksgiving Day, Cousins went completed 41 of his 53 passes, for 449 yards and three touchdowns, in a loss to Dallas.

His 449 passing yards rank second most for an NFL Thanksgiving Day game.

Cousins vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cousins' catchphrase, "You like that?!", was born Oct. 25, 2015, after he led Washington to its largest comeback win in franchise history.

Down 24-0 in the second quarter to Tampa Bay, Cousins ran for a touchdown and rattled off three more touchdown passes, including one to Jordan Reed with 24 seconds remaining, to give Washington a 31-30 victory.

While he walked to the locker room after the game, Cousins shouted "You like that?!" at a camera. His exclamation become a popular slogan used by Cousins, his teammates, and fans the rest of the season.

Cousins vs. the Green Bay Packers

With Washington during the 2015 season, Cousins started in his first playoff game against Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers in the Wild Card Round.

Cousins completed 29 of 46 passes, for 329 yards and two scores, but was sacked six times and lost a fumble in a 35-18 loss.

The following season, Cousins defeated Green Bay, 42-24, in a regular-season matchup.

Since he joined Minnesota, Cousins has a 3-3-1 record against the Packers.

Cousins vs. the New Orleans Saints

Cousins' signature playoff win came in the Wild Card Round of the 2019 season, when he faced the 13-3 Saints in New Orleans. 

After Drew Brees and company forced overtime, Cousins marched Minnesota down the field. He launched a 43-yard pass to Adam Thielen, then found tight end Kyle Rudolph for a walk-off touchdown.

Cousins vs. the Seattle Seahawks

As a rookie, Cousins entered the fourth quarter of a 2012 playoff game against Seattle, after Griffin got injured. In the 24-14 defeat, Cousins went completed three of his 10 passes for 31 yards.

Cousins hasn't fared much better against the Seahawks in the regular season, with a 1-4 record. Three of his nine losses on Monday Night Football have come against Seattle.