Kirk Cousins presents another challenge to the Dallas Cowboys defense. Cousins and the Vikings have been on fire throwing the football. The Vikings offense will be the first real threat throwing the ball that the Cowboys since week two.

A lot of what makes Cousins so good is his supporting cast. Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen are as good of a wide receiver tandem as it gets. Dalvin Cook is a top-five running back in football. KJ Osborn has emerged as weapon in the passing game. Even Alexander Mattison has shown to be capable to hurt defenses.

Weapons aside, Cousins has been very good this season. The quarterback has thrown for over 1,700 yards and has a 13-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Cousins is a big reason why the Vikings had opportunities to beat the Cardinals and Bengals.

COWBOYS MUST PUT PRESSURE ON COUSINS

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Sep 27, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11) rushes Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) during the game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports.

Kirk Cousins has played extremely efficient football this season. The Vikings’ quarterback has thrown just two interceptions on the year and has been doing an excellent job of getting the ball to his playmakers. That puts a ton of pressure on the defense.

Cousins is getting the ball out quickly, evidenced by having the fifth-lowest percentage of pressured dropbacks in the NFL. He is also fifth in the league in on-target percentage.

The Dallas Cowboys, on the other hand, have struggled at times to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Not having DeMarcus Lawrence certainly does not help those causes. Dallas has been mostly thin at pass rusher this season, but the Cowboys are seeing some players step up.

Randy Gregory is emerging as a legit pass-rushing for the Cowboys. Now playing the majority of snaps, Gregory is getting into the backfield and making life hard for offenses. Mac Jones and the Patriots discovered that two weeks ago.

Dallas will need Gregory to show up in a big way against a Vikings offensive line that has struggled in pass protection. Cousins has done a good job masking those problems, so the Cowboys have to find a way to exploit them.

It would also make sense for Dallas to utilize Micah Parsons more at EDGE. Parsons has played both EDGE and linebacker at different points this season. Sunday seems like a good opportunity for Dan Quinn to unleash Parsons as a pass-rusher.

The Cowboys will need to find a way to put pressure on Kirk Cousins on Sunday night. Doing so would slow down the Vikings offense and would be a big factor in the Cowboys winning on the road.

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