Kirk Cousins compared to Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees in furious exchange

Kirk Cousins couldn’t guide the Minnesota Vikings to victory over the Seattle Seahawks, but he was backed to the hilt by NFL expert Stephen A Smith.

Mike Zimmer’s men were outclassed by their NFC West rivals and slumped to a 37-30 defeat on Monday night.

And, although Cousins couldn’t guide his side to victory, he didn’t have a dismal game.

ESPN pundit Max Kellerman, however, laid into the experienced quarterback and claimed he didn’t have the requisite skills to perform at an elite level.

But Smith wasn’t having any of it and initially accused his colleague of not even watching the game.

The 52-year-old retracted his accusation, although still went on to give an impassioned defense of Cousins.

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Smith admits he’s nowhere near the level of NFL legends Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees but reckons the ex-Washington Redskins QB deserves more respect.

“When you look at the Minnesota Vikings, I’m not telling you Kirk Cousins is Russell Wilson,” he ranted.

“I’m not even telling you he’s Lamar Jackson. He certainly not Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees.

“What I’m saying to you is we look at the Vikings and we never, ever anticipated a team coach like Zimmer would be run over like that.

“When you rush for over 200 yards against the Vikings, you are going to compromise what they’re bringing to the table.

“I’m only talking about last night – and remember I’ve had my own questions about Cousins.

“I’m saying when you look at the Vikings, you cannot win that way. I don’t look at the Viking and say ‘Cousins isn’t getting it done’.

“The defense is what the problem was.”

Former NFL wide receiver Brandon Marshall has sensationally claimed Cousins should be in the MVP convention this season.

"If you take out this historic season Lamar Jackson is having and removed him, Kirk Cousins is the MVP,” he explained.

“From a pure numbers standpoint, you have Kirk and Russell Wilson."

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