QB Rivalry: Russell Wilson vs Kirk Cousins

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, left, greets Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) before the coin toss prior to an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 37-30. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Week 5 of the NFL features Kirk Cousins and the Vikings against Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks.

This will be the 6th head-to-head meeting between the two QBs, whose rivalry dates back to college.

Chapter 1 – Michigan State vs Wisconsin

After playing at NC State for 3 years, Wilson transferred to Wisconsin for his final college season in 2012.

10/22/2011 – Cousins and Michigan State won 37-31

Michigan State won in dramatic fashion thanks to a Cousins Hail Mary.

That game-winning Hail Mary was Cousins’ 3rd touchdown pass of the game.

Wisconsin opened the game with a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, but Michigan State scored 23 unanswered in the second quarter, which included Wilson getting sacked and safety.

Wisconsin trailed 31-17 with 8 minutes to go in the game, before Wilson ran for a 22 yard TD and then threw a short TD pass (his second of the game) to Montee Ball with 1:26 remaining to tie the game at 31-31. Then, the Hail Mary happened and 6th ranked Wisconsin lost their first game of the year.

Chapter 2 – Seahawks vs Redskins

Both quarterbacks were drafted in 2012.

  • Wilson – 3rd round, #75 overall (6th QB)
  • Cousins – 4th round, #102 overall (8th QB)

10/6/2014 – Seahawks won 27-17 (MNF)

Wilson had all 3 of Seattle’s touchdowns and his 122 yards rushing were a career-high at the time.

  • Cousins – 21-36, 283 yards, 2 TD
  • Wilson – 18-24, 201 yards, 2 TD; 11 carries, 122 yards, TD

11/5/2017 – Redskins won 17-14

This game had a wild ending! Wilson threw a TD pass with 1:34 left to go up 14-10, but Cousins led Washington 70 yards down the field in :35 seconds. Wilson had a final shot at a Hail Mary (ironic) but could not connect.

  • Cousins – 21-31, 247 yards
  • Wilson – 24-35, 297 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT; 10 carries, 77 yards


While Wilson was an immediate starter as a rookie in 2012, Cousins was a backup to Robert Griffin III, who was the #2 overall pick in the 2012 draft. During the Wild Card round of the playoffs in 2013, Griffin got hurt, forcing Cousins into action. Seahawks ultimately won the game, but because Cousins didn’t start, this doesn’t count against him.

Chapter 3 – Seahawks vs Vikings

Wilson is 2-0 vs Cousins since the latter signed with the Vikings in 2018. Both games took place on Monday Night Football.

12/10/2018 – Seattle won 21-7

This was a truly awful game. Seattle led 3-0 through 3 quarters and added a second field goal a couple of minutes into the 4th quarter.

With three minutes to go, someone (Seattle) FINALLY scored a touchdown, as RB Chris Carson ran it in from 2 yards out. A couple of plays later, Justin Coleman returned a fumble for a TD. Vikings added a late TD to give the score a respectable look.

  • Cousins 20-33, 208 yards, TD
  • Wilson 10-20, 70 yards, INT; 7 carries 61 yards

12/2/2019 – Seattle won 37-30

  • Wilson 21-31, 240 yards, 2 TD, INT
  • Cousins 22-38, 276 yards, 2 TD, INT

2020 – Seattle won 27-26

This was the first time since Cousins joined the Vikings that these two didn’t meet on Monday Night Football…instead it was NBC’s Sunday Night Football.

Down 26-21, Wilson threw a 6 yard touchdown pass to DK Metcalf with 15 seconds remaining to give Seattle the lead and the win.

  • Cousins – 27-38, 249 yards, 2 TD, INT
  • Wilson – 20-32, 217 yards, 3 TD, INT; 58 yards rushing

Mike is an alum of the University of Cincinnati and the ultimate sports nerd.


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