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Lunchbreak: Cousins Helps NFC North Land Top Spot in QB Rankings

There is a plethora of great quarterbacks littered all around the NFL, ranging from future Hall of Famers to established veterans to up-and-coming youngsters.

But the best collective group of signal callers reside in the NFC North.

That’s the take from NFL.com writer Adam Schein, who recently ranked all eight divisions based on quarterback play.

Schein opined that the collection of Kirk Cousins (Vikings), Aaron Rodgers (Packers), Matthew Stafford (Lions) and Mitchell Trubisky (Bears) is a cut above the other divisions around the NFL.

He wrote:

This is a significant jump up from last year’s rankings, but I am very comfortable with it. Rodgers is the most talented quarterback in NFL history. I love Green Bay bringing in Jimmy Graham to help in the red zone. Stafford has been fantastic the last few seasons, a true maestro in the clutch. And Detroit improved the offensive line and run game this offseason – that will provide the 30-year-old quarterback with some needed protection and balance. I think Trubisky will be this year’s Jared Goff, taking a major leap forward in Year 2 with a new head coach and more talent around him. Lastly, Cousins swings the pendulum in favor of this division. He’s the answer to the franchise-quarterback question for the Vikings. 

Cousins entered free agency in March and joined the Vikings, a team that went 13-3, won the NFC North and reached the NFC title game in 2017. He is one of two quarterbacks to have thrown for at least 4,000 yards and 25 touchdowns in each of the past three seasons.

Rodgers is a two-time league MVP and Stafford was the No. 1 overall pick in 2009, while Trubisky is considered one of the league’s top talents.

The NFC West and NFC South were slotted behind the NFC North, while the AFC West rounded out the top half of Schein’s list. The NFC East, AFC East, AFC South and AFC North were the final four divisions listed.

Robison chats with The MMQB about offseason activities

Brian Robison has been a bit busy during his time off leading into training camp.

The veteran defensive end will enter his 12th season in Purple in 2018, but the team captain recently took time to chat with Jenny Vrentas of The MMQB about what he’s been up to since minicamp ended in mid-June.

Robison told Vrentas that he spends some of that time on the road supporting his wife Jayme’s career as a professional barrel racer with stops all along the western region of the country.

Vrentas wrote:

This time of year is called “Cowboy Christmas” on the professional rodeo circuit. There are oodles of rodeos across the West, which is exactly where Brian Robison was last weekend. He was in the stands, holding up his phone to record the barrel-racing event, in which contestants ride their horse around barrels in a cloverleaf pattern as fast as possible. It’s rare for him to be nervous, but here his hands were shaking, like he’d had 20 cups of coffee.

“Is this how Jayme feels when I play a game?” Robison asked his mother-in-law.

During Cowboy Christmas, the tables are turned for the veteran Vikings defensive end and his wife, Jayme. She’s a professional barrel racer, criss-crossing the Western U.S. in a freightliner with five horses in tow while Brian holds down the home front in their native Texas. He and their two kids joined her for a five-day stretch last week, logging some 25 hours of driving to hit rodeos in Colorado, Utah and Arizona. This is his turn to be the trailing spouse; Jayme is the only one in the family with a commercial driver’s license, so he can’t even pitch in behind the wheel.

“She makes the sacrifice during my season,” Robison told Vrentas, “so this is the time of year that’s hard on me, having her go out on the road and sometimes being lonely. But that’s what makes marriage work, understanding what each other wants in life and supporting it.”

Robison currently ranks ninth all-time in Vikings history with 60.0 career sacks.

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