October 8, 2018

Vikings' Kirk Cousins is 'excited' to see if Saints' Drew Brees will break all-time passing record vs. Redskins

Kirk Cousins is having a standout start to the NFL season with the Minnesota Vikings, but he's going to keep an eye on the Washington Redskins-New Orleans Saints game on Monday Night Football.
Cousins -- who spent the first six years of his career with the Redskins before signing a blockbuster deal with the Vikings this offseason -- tweeted that he's eager to see if Saints quarterback href="https://www.nbcsports.com/washington/redskins/redskins-vs-saints-week-5-date-time-tv-channel-live-stream-how-watch">Drew Brees will break the record for career passing yards against his former team. Brees needs just 201 yards to break the record, which is currently held by Peyton Manning at 71,940 yards.
The fewest passing yards Brees has finished with so far this season was 217 just last week against the New York Giants, and in his seven previous games against the Redskins, he's averaged 284 yards per game. It seems likely he'll break Manning's record Monday at the Superdome, and Cousins -- whose Vikings topped the Philadelphia Eagleson Sunday, 23-21 -- is "excited to watch" Brees rack up the yards.

About three hours before the Redskins-Saints kickoff, Cousins tweeted:

If Brees breaks the record, it won't be his first of 2018. He already broke Brett Favre's all-time completion record earlier this season.

For the last two seasons, the Redskins used their franchise-player tag with Cousins, and they never agreed on a long-term deal. After Washington brought in Alex Smith from the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this year, Cousins signed with the Vikings and became what was then the league's highest-paid player with a three-year contract for about $84 million.

Cousins has always admired Brees and his accomplishments and previously called him one of the best quarterbacks of all time.

The Minnesota quarterback -- who's currently fifth in the league with a 71.2 completion percentage and second in total passing yards this season at 1,688, behind Los Angeles Rams' Jared Goff -- said in 2015 of his idol to NBC Sports Washington:

"I think there's a few guys at the top of the league who have just done it at a high, high level for a long, long time. Those guys are the ones you have the utmost respect for and you try to study them and learn from them and ask questions about people who have been around them and say, ‘How do they do things? What makes them successful?' He's certainly one of those guys."

The Redskins and Saints kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET on Monday.

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