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Lunchbreak: Cousins Ranked in Top Tier by NFL.com Through 4 Games

Kirk Cousins through his first four games in Purple is 131-of-189 passing for 1,387 yards, 10 touchdowns and two interceptions with a passer rating of 103.6.

Cousins received some attention recently from NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal, who ranked him as the No. 6 overall quarterback heading into Week 5. Cousins was ranked 13th prior to the Vikings Thursday Night Football game against the Rams. Rosenthal wrote:

Cousins matched [Aaron] Rodgers throw-for-throw in one of the games of the year, then nearly did the same against [Jared] Goff last Thursday night. Cousins' total no-show against the Bills in the week between included some skittish throws in the face of relentless pressure. Cousins' production has gone up and down this year, but the [number] of times he's been hit remains a troubling through-line all season.

Ranked ahead of Cousins by Rosenthal were Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes, Goff, Saints QB Drew Brees, Rodgers and Chargers QB Philip Rivers.

Carson Wentz, whom the Vikings will face at Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon, was ranked tied for 18th with Tennessee's Marcus Mariota. Wentz will make his third start after returning in Week 3 from a torn ACL. If Rosenthal is down on the Vikings protection of Cousins, he seems even more concerned about the Eagles offensive line.

The early returns on Wentz's comeback are terrific. His physical skills look intact, but his protection is not. Wentz has been hit 18 times in two starts, many of them brutal takedowns.

While Cousins and Rodgers were in Rosenthal's top 10, fellow NFC North passers Matthew Stafford and Mitchell Trubisky were ranked No. 20 and 28, respectively.

Greg Coleman a finalist for Black College Football Hall of Fame

Vikings Legend Greg Coleman is a friendly face around the team's facility on a weekly basis, and the former punter especially enjoys supporting Minnesota's trio of specialists.

Coleman was the Vikings punter from 1978-87, during which he racked up 720 punts for 29,391 yards. His NFL career was bookended by seasons with Cleveland (1977) and Washington (1988). Prior to joining the pros, Coleman was a standout at Florida A&M University.

On Thursday, Coleman was included among finalists for the Black College Football Hall of Fame, joining 21 other players and three coaches. Part of the press release said the following:

The Finalists were selected from a field of over 150 nominees by a 12-member Selection Committee composed of prominent journalists, commentators, historians, former NFL General Managers and football executives.

"We congratulate the Finalists for the Class of 2019," said James "Shack" Harris, Black College Football Co-Founder and 2012 Inductee. "Each of these Finalists made a significant impact on the game of football, both in college and the professional ranks."

Over the coming weeks, the committee will meet to select six inductees (five players and one coach) for the Class of 2019 – they will be announced on Oct. 25.

Click here to see the full list of finalists.

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