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Vikings QB Cousins shows his toughness by remaining in pocket

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) looks to throw a pass under pressure during the first quarter Sunday, Sept. 15, at Lambeau Field. Jeff Hanisch / USA TODAY Sports

EAGAN, Minn.—Among the many things Kirk Cousins showed last Sunday in Green Bay was an ability to sit in the pocket.

While the Vikings' offensive line stood up relatively well against the Packers' pass rush, there were a few times Cousins had to stand tall in the face of a rush and wait for a play to develop before firing away.

The one that stands out was the pinpoint touchdown pass Cousins threw to Adam Thielen in the final minute of regulation, a throw Cousins got off just before his legs were taken out.

But the one that most impressed Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo was a third-and-7 play in which Cousins stepped up slightly to avoid Clay Matthews coming around the outside, then stepped up in the face of an incoming rusher to deliver a 16-yard strike to Thielen for a first down.

"It was really, really impressive on Sunday," DeFilippo said of Cousins' ability to handle pressure. "He had two guys just bearing down right in his face. And he stood in there, stepped and threw. Knew he was going to get hit, and I think that shows everybody, not only on our team, but the football world, how tough of a guy Kirk is.

"That's not easy to do. Not every starter in the NFL can do what he did on that play. I think you recognize that, I think you show that and it obviously earns him some respect as a legitimate tough guy. And obviously that's what you need to play this position."

'Family Feud'

Stefon Diggs' went viral this week for the sexual innuendo he unknowingly answered with during the "fast money" portion of a recently aired episode of "Celebrity Family Feud."

Diggs and his team of NFL veterans beat a team of NFL rookies before winning the fast-money round to earn $25,000 for charity.

"I had a good time with it," Diggs said. "I've got to go back in there one day."

Which four teammates would he bring to represent the Vikings on the show?

"[Everson Griffen] definitely has to be on there," Diggs said. ""Adam [Thielen], I'd need Adam right next to me, just in case he needs some help, because you never know what he'll say. Probably Kirk, because he'll have all the smart answers."

That's only three. Diggs still had a spot to fill. He looked around the locker room for a good option.

"Maybe Sam," Diggs said, referencing Vikings football communications manager, Sam Newton. "We'll bring along our guy Sam, because he'll orchestrate things and put everybody in the right place."

Griffen sits again

Everson Griffen missed practice for the second consecutive day Thursday because of a knee injury, but head coach Mike Zimmer said he doesn't believe there is any concern about Griffen's availability Sunday against the Bills.

Dalvin Cook, rehabbing a hamstring injury, missed practice. David Morgan (knee) and Marcus Sherels (ribs) also missed practice for the second straight day. Good knews for the Vikings came from Rashod Hill, who got in a limited practice after missing Wednesday's practice with a foot injury.

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