Even ‘Uber Facts’ Picked up the Naughty Kirk Cousins Stat

Even 'Uber Facts' Picked up the Naughty Kirk Cousins Stat
Jun 7, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

What Kirk Cousins could not afford for his reputation was an embarrassing performance on Monday Night Football. But in Week 2, that’s precisely what happened as the Philadelphia Eagles knocked off the Minnesota Vikings while Cousins had his worst game since early in the 2020 season.

And when Cousins loses — in general and primetime games — the digital world erupts, skewering the quarterback with criticism, memes, and everything in between. Uber Facts, a popular Twitter account with nearly 14,000.000 followers, also joined in the fun, lifting up Cousins’ “quarterback record” on Monday Night Football.

In 12 career starts, teams led by Cousins are 2-10 (.166). If one quantifies QB record as a worthwhile statistic evaluating one player in a 53-man team sport, then the mark is the worst by a quarterback in NFL history.

The tweet is noteworthy as Uber Facts rarely posts about sports. Instead, it offers random facts, almost on the hour, detailing trivia-like bits about nature, animals, people, sex, geography, history, politics, etc. Hours after the Cousins tweet, for example, Uber Facts posted, “If Elon Musk lost 99.9% of his net worth, he would still have about $273 million.”

Sep 19, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports.

For Cousins, the venom aimed at Monday night performances is somewhat warranted. His career passer rating is 98.3 — the sixth-best of all time — but on Monday nights, the mark falls to 85.2. He’s accountable for a 17-touchdown, 11-interception split that is incongruent with his normal standard of play on Mondays.

Of course, Cousins is not aided by his teams’ defenses in those 12 Monday night games. On average, a team with Cousins at QB1 surrenders 25.0 points per game to opponents on Monday Night Football. To maintain a winning quarterback record — for anybody, really — that points-allowed figure should be closer to 20.0 points per game.

But no such luck for Cousins.

Oct 17, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports.

His teams’ defenses are inexplicably snakebitten on Monday nights, he does not do enough to circumvent the teams’ struggles, and his personal record is 2-10 accordingly. In fact, Cousins’ only two wins on Monday Night Football occurred against the same opponent, the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.

Now, with Uber Facts dropping the knowledge to 14 million souls and bots, Cousins’ Monday-related turmoil is virtually household knowledge.

The Vikings do not play again on a Monday night in 2022.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).