NFC North QB Power Rankings after Week 1

It wasn't a pretty Week 1 performance for Justin Fields and the Bears

Chicago Bears, Justin Fields
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3. Kirk Cousins, Vikings

It was a very familiar tale for Vikings fans on Sunday, as Kirk Cousins filled up the stat sheet with over 300 yards of passing. Cousins went 33-of-44 for 344 yards with two touchdowns, Justin Jefferson had a monster game, with nine receptions for 150 yards.

The problem? Cousins also threw an interception and lost two fumbles. Minnesota fans have been used to seeing Cousins beat himself often, with the rare exception being last year where the Vikings were able to pull out 11 of those close, one-score games that seemed to hide some of Cousins' blunders.

Cousins faced a Buccaneers defense that should have allowed for him to be much more efficient, had he taken better care of the football. Just look at the yardage; 344 yards is not an easy line to put up, but Cousins did just that. His issue simply came when he had to make the right play, or avoid making the wrong one.

For that reason, Cousins very well could have checked in at no. 4 here, whereas Fields did plenty to help the Bears win. Cousins did a few things that resulted in a loss.