EAGAN, Minn. -- Known for his passing accuracy, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins hasn’t had many games like the last one.
In last week’s 26-23 loss to the Chiefs in Kansas City, Cousins completed 19 of 38 passes, 50 percent of his throws. It marked just the third time in 82 career starts in the NFL that Cousins didn’t complete more than 50 percent of his throws.
“If you were to say, ‘What’s your calling card?’ it would be accuracy, high completion percentage, finding completions, getting the ball in people’s hands,” Cousins said of himself Wednesday. “So to have a game where you didn’t do that, it was uncharacteristic and, as a result, very frustrating.”
It was the third-most inaccurate game ever for Cousins, second in NFL history with a completion percentage of 66.7. He completed 38.8 percent of his passes for Washington in 2013 at the New York Giants and 43.8 percent in Week 2 this season at Green Bay.
At least Cousins, who threw two interceptions and lost a fumble against the Packers, didn’t have a turnover against the Chiefs. He threw for 220 yards and three touchdowns.
As for regaining his accuracy, Cousins hopes that happens Sunday at Dallas. The Cowboys (5-3) are sixth in the NFL in total defense.
“I also expect to get right back out there, make amends for it and get back on track,” Cousins said.
Cousins could be reunited in a game with receiver Josh Doctson, a Washington teammate from 2016-17. Doctson, signed as a free agent on Sept. 3, could be activated off injured reserve after having a hamstring injury. It would be his first game with the Vikings.
“He’s got a great frame,” Cousins said. “So that’s just a comfort level to throw to when you see a 6-foot-4 guy running down the field, you know you can miss and he’ll make you right with his size. Great speed. … The more we can get him out there and keep him healthy, the more effective he can be.”
Back to Dallas
Mike Zimmer will return to Dallas for the first time in the regular season as a head coach.
The Vikings coach was a Cowboys assistant from 1994-2006, serving as defensive coordinator from 2000-06. The Vikings played at Dallas in a 2015 preseason game but never a game that counted.
“I have a lot of good people there that I used to work with, and friends,” Zimmer said, making note of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, executive vice president Stephen Jones and coach Jason Garrett. “As far as that, the only thing it means to me is the players I used to coach.”
Garrett, a Cowboys quarterback from 1993-99, was with the team in Zimmer’s first six seasons, when he worked with defensive backs. Garrett has continued to keep up with Zimmer at owners meetings and through occasional texts.
“He’s somebody I’ve learned so much from through the years, and consider him a good friend,” Garrett said. “He’s been such a positive influence on me. … I really think the world of him.”
Sunday also will mark the first time Zimmer has coached against the Cowboys in the regular season. He missed Dallas’ 17-15 win at U.S. Bank Stadium in December 2016 following eye surgery, the only game he has missed in his career.
— Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs said his father Aron, who died in 2008, was a Cowboys fan. “My mom’s side was Redskins, so you can imagine,” said Diggs, who grew up in Maryland, outside of Washington. Because of his father, Diggs said he “watched a lot” of quarterback Tony Romo and wide receiver Terrell Owens with Dallas
— In the loss to the Chiefs, the Vikings ran for just 96 yards and Cousins was under plenty of pressure even though he was sacked just once. “They’re physical enough,” Zimmer said of his offensive line. “We just didn’t sustain the blocks long enough, that’s all,”
— Cousins was thrilled that so many Vikings fans were at the game against the Chiefs. “Sunday was unique,” he said. “I hadn’t seen something like that, when you’re having a really good fan base in Kansas City, (the) Chiefs have to drown out the Skol chant.”