“You like that! You. Like. That!”
Those words yelled by then-Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins following a dramatic win in 2015 have followed the QB his entire career.
And when the quarterback — who signed with the Minnesota Vikings on a fully guaranteed deal in 2018 — has faltered in big moments, including Monday night in a dreadful offensive showing, he has seen those words thrown right back in his face.
But Monday night’s example might be the most painful.
Media members captured Preston Smith, a defensive lineman for the Green Bay Packers who played with Cousins on the Redskins from 2015-2017, mocking his former teammate by repeatedly shouting “You like that!” on the way to a triumphant Packers locker room.
Perhaps worst of all for Cousins, he has no rebuttal for Monday night’s performance.
Minnesota managed a paltry 139 yards and just seven first downs in a 23-10 loss that saw the rival Packers clinch the NFC North title. Cousins went 16-for-31 for 122 yards with a touchdown and an interception in another big-game letdown that will overshadow what has otherwise been probably his best season as a pro.
But facts are facts: The QB is now 0-9 on “Monday Night Football,” the worst mark as a starter by anyone in the 50 seasons of MNF, per ESPN.
Smith has a point: Packers fans do in fact like what they saw Monday night.
As for Cousins, he’ll always have that Sunday afternoon in 2015.
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