“As we’re walking from the locker room to the field, Pat [Elflein] said, ‘I love the grind,’ and I said, ‘If you’re made of the right stuff, you love that.’ You enjoy that fact that it’s an absolute grind to go on the road and win,” Cousins recounted. “I said, ‘You’re going to enjoy the next 30 minutes, because it’s going to be a grind in the second half.’
“I think what they were alluding to is it’s fun to just grind and work hard together and battle and know that it wasn’t going to be perfect, but we came out on top,” he added.
Elflein postgame called it a “meat-grinder of a game” and tipped his hat to Cousins.
“He’s showing up every day, going to work,” Elflein said. “That’s what he does. He keeps us on track, in rhythm. He’s a leader, and you can’t say enough good things about him.”
Against the Giants, Eagles and now the Lions, the Vikings QB has played with a fiery edge and posted big outings.
Is there anything different that can be pinpointed?
Cousins simply believes it’s an increased comfort level in the 2019 Vikings offense.
“You’re always growing and trying to get more and more familiar with it. You never stop or settle,” he said. “I think you also have to get an idea of your personnel and what they do well. I think we did have some newer names this year that we’re counting on, and as we’ve been able to play more football, we’ve been able to get a feel for what they do well and how to put them in a position to be successful.”