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EAGAN , Minn. —nnesota on the move late in the first half last week, Adam Thielen broke for the back corner of the end zone.Cousins had to make an off-balance throw to beat a fast-approaching Michael Bennett, and Thielen had little room left in bounds to secure the catch with two Philadelphia defenders a step behind him.The ball floated just over the outstretched arm of cornerback Jalen Mills and neatly into Thielen’s hands in time for him to hit both feet on the turf and give the Vikings a two-touchdown lead on Sunday. Mills was flagged for holding to add to the degree of difficulty on the play.More Vikings coveragePhotos of the Week: 7/21/19 – 7/27/19Rookie Bradbury is central figure to Vikings’ overhauled offensive lineVikings depth at cornerback being tested, Hughes still not clearedPlayers to watch at Minnesota Vikings 2019 training campTop Tweets: Vikings WR Diggs makes push for All-NFL Style TeamBut about one-third of the way through the first season for Cousins in Minnesota the fact that the pass was completed was hardly a surprise.“He does such a good job of just making it easy on us,” said Thielen, who leads the NFL with 47 receptions and is second with 589 yards. “We just worry about getting open, and he’s almost catching the ball for us. We just have to continue to make sure that we’re doing the little things to be at the right depth and the right timing of things, because it’s so important when you have a guy that’s as talented as him to be in the right spot at the right time.”With a quickly formed faith in Thielen and the rest of the Vikings receivers, Cousins has repeatedly succeeded in threading pinpoint throws into tight windows with “a little guts and a little bit of arm talent,” as coach Mike Zimmer put it recently.Cousins ranks fifth in the NFL with a 71.2 percent completion rate that doesn’t tell the full story of his precision. He’s been under pressure as frequently as any of his peers Laquon Treadwell Jersey , with 35 hits taken (tied for seventh most in the league) and 14 sacks allowed (11th most) by the Vikings that could easily be more if Cousins didn’t have a quicker release.The tying touchdown pass to Thielen in the final minute of the fourth quarter at Green Bay on Sept. 16 was the most memorable example to date. Cousins, as he was about to be hit, somehow zipped the ball between two converging defenders into the arms of Thielen for him to fall backward into the end zone while maintaining possession. The Packers couldn’t have covered that much better.“If it was an inch left or an inch higher or an inch lower it gets knocked down,” Thielen said.Sometimes, there’s a little luck in play, too.10 Gallery:PHOTOS: Vikings at EaglesMatt Rourke | Associated Press“If that was a random second down in the middle of the second quarter, I would’ve been like, ‘Hey, that one’s a little tight,'” Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo said. “But if you’re trying to drive down and win the football game Womens Xavier Rhodes Jersey , there’s less than a minute to go in the game, those are the chances you have to take.”Even if the quarterback himself isn’t sure the pass will reach the target.“It’s a fast game, and if you think you’re going to throw every throw with great vision and a great understanding of where the ball is going, I think you’re fooling yourself,” Cousins said. “There’s a lot of throws that I make, especially last Sunday, where I’m trying to listen to the crowd’s reaction to decide if it was complete or incomplete because I’m looking through peoples’ shins to try to see what happened. That’s the nature of this league.”There’s no more important trait at this position than being able to consistently put the ball in the right place, even as a youth. In the opening credits for the TV show “Friday Night Lights,” high school quarterback Matt Saracen is shown throwing into a tire hanging in his front yard in fictional Dillon, Texas. For an NFL standout like Cousins Ben Gedeon Jersey , that accuracy was always there. He’s been able to develop and improve it.“It’s innate. You either have it or you don’t,” Cousins said.7 Gallery:Upon Further Review: Vikings at EaglesMatt Rourke | Associated PressSome of his counterparts who were more runners and scramblers in high school and college have had a harder time with pro-style precision.“I was actually pretty slow as a kid, wasn’t a great athlete, so I had no choice but to stand in there and find a way to throw the football from the pocket,” he said, “and I think in the long run that’s served me well.” CHICAGO (5-11) at GREEN BAY (7-9)Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBCOPENING LINE - Packers by 7 1/2RECORD VS. SPREAD - Chicago 8-6-2, Green Bay 7-9SERIES RECORD - Packers lead 96-94-6LAST MEETING - Packers beat Bears 23-16, Nov. 12 , 2017AP PRO32 RANKING - Bears No. 28, Packers No. 9BEARS OFFENSE - OVERALL (30), RUSH (16), PASS (32).BEARS DEFENSE - OVERALL (10), RUSH (11), PASS (7).PACKERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (26), RUSH (17), PASS (25).PACKERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (22), RUSH (17), PASS (23).STREAKS Womens Adam Thielen Jersey , STATS AND NOTES - 197th meeting in NFL's oldest rivalry, dating to 1923. ... Bears have lost four straight and eight of last nine vs. Green Bay. ... Eighth straight night game at Lambeau Field for Bears. ... Head coaching debut of Bears' Matt Nagy. ... QB Mitchell Trubisky set team rookie records last year with 193 completions and 2,193 yards. ... Jordan Howard first Bears RB to rush for at least 1,000 yards in each of first two seasons. ... WR Allen Robinson makes Bears debut after signing as free agent, his first game since tearing ACL in Week 1 in 2017 with Jaguars. ... Bears hopeful Khalil Mack will play after Chicago acquired pass-rushing LB in blockbuster deal with Raiders. Mack sat out all of preseason and training camp. ... Mack ranks second in NFL since 2015 with 36 1/2 sacks. ... LB Leonard Floyd has 3 1/2 sacks, forced fumble and fumble recovery in four career games vs. Packers. ... S Eddie Jackson last year became only rookie in NFL history with two 75-yard defensive TDs in season. ... Packers open franchise's 100th season. ... Joe Philbin returns for second stint as offensive coordinator. ... QB Aaron Rodgers healthy again after being limited to seven games in 2017 because of collarbone injury. Rodgers' career 104.7 passer rating against Bears is tops for QB with least 175 attempts. ... RB Jamaal Williams had 818 scrimmage yards and six TDs as rookie in 2017. ... WR Davante Adams' 22 TD catches since 2016 most in NFL. Adams suffered concussion in teams' meeting last year at Lambeau following hit by Bears' ILB Danny Trevathan. ... TE Jimmy Graham makes Packers debut. Graham led NFL TEs with 10 receiving TDs last year while with Seattle. ... Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine makes Green Bay debut. ... Defensive line fortified with addition of free agent end Muhammad Wilkerson. ... LB Clay Matthews led team with 7 1/2 sacks in 2017. ... LB Blake Martinez had NFC-leading 142 tackles last year. ... Veteran CB Tramon Williams returns for second stint with Packers. ... Team took CBs with first two picks in draft, Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson. ... K Mason Crosby has played in 176 straight games, third most in Packers history behind QB Brett Favre (255) and T Forrest Gregg (187). ... Fantasy Tip: Graham and Rodgers have already shown chemistry in camp, connection that should especially carry over into red zone in new season.

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