Kirk Cousins, Vikings aim to bounce back vs. Lions

Kirk Cousins’ performance on Monday Night Football was an eyesore. The good news for the Minnesota Vikings and their veteran quarterback is that he’s always thrived against the Detroit Lions.Minnesota (1-1) will look to bounce back from its 24-7 road loss to Philadelphia when it faces the Lions on Sunday in Minneapolis.Cousins, a Michigan native, has a 7-2 record in nine starts against Detroit. He’s averaged 282 passing yards in those outings while throwing for 19 touchdowns and getting intercepted just twice.The Eagles picked off three of Cousins’ throws on Monday and dropped a couple more potential interceptions. A pair of the turnovers occurred in the end zone.”That’s what’s so important about red-zone offense, is making sure you come away with three points,” Cousins said. “There’s so many times where you are behind but you just need to chip away and know anything can happen. The game can turn on any play, so you don’t need to be overly aggressive and try to get it all back. … Certainly one of those, I felt I could have been more conservative and checked it down.”Cousins looked a lot better in the season opener against Green Bay, when he passed for 277 yards and two touchdowns without an interception in a 23-7 victory.He’ll face an improving Lions pass rush spearheaded by No. 2 overall pick Aidan Hutchinson, who recorded three sacks against Washington last Sunday.”I think highly of them, I think highly of their coaching staff and their players,” Cousins said. “They’re a team that has a lot of character and talent. It’s going to be a great challenge. I’ve always felt they’ve been a challenge and I expect Sunday to be no different.”It would greatly help Cousins if the running game can get untracked. Dalvin Cook was held to 17 yards on just six carries against the Eagles.”A lot factors into play calling. Getting into a rhythm, making plays early,” Cook said. “We left a lot of plays on the field. We’ve got to be better making those plays.”