Kirk Cousins ESPN SNB Screengrab: ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball

Kirk Cousins hasn’t even taken a snap for the Atlanta Falcons yet, and he’s already been given a 0-1 record in primetime games. After throwing out the first pitch for Sunday’s Texas Rangers-Atlanta Braves game at Truist Park, Cousins made an appearance on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball broadcast.

The Braves entered Sunday’s contest having won six straight games with a sweep of the Houston Astros sandwiched in between a win over the Miami Marlins and a series win against Texas. But looking for their seventh straight win, it appears that Cousins immersing himself into the Atlanta sports scene wasn’t a good omen.

Jared Sandler, a radio/TV broadcaster for the Rangers, snapped a picture of Cousins in the booth alongside Karl Ravech, David Cone and Eduardo Pérez. He added another loss to Cousins’ primetime game record, which was 13-23 for those of us keeping score at home.

Naturally, everyone — including Sandler — made the same joke about Cousins coming up short in primetime games.

It’s fair to say that Cousins’ stay in Atlanta is off to a rocky start. In addition to throwing out the first pitch for Sunday’s Braves game, he hammered the golden spike before Atlanta United’s match on Saturday. ATL UTD fell 2-1 to FC Cincinnati, while the Braves snapped a six-game winning streak in a 6-4 loss to the Rangers.

Adding insult to injury, ESPN’s Adam Schefter dropped the news that the Falcons could be hammered for allegedly tampering with Cousins before free agency.

When the NFL schedule is released next month, Cousins will be looking to reverse his fortunes with the Falcons, especially during their first primetime game.

It would be ideal if he could leave his history of struggles in big games behind, which followed him from Washington to Minnesota. His presence this weekend on the Atlanta sports scene and the team’s struggles in primetime games is certainly noteworthy, even if it’s just a coincidence.

[Jared Sandler on X]

About Sam Neumann

Since the beginning of 2023, Sam has been a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. A 2021 graduate of Temple University, Sam is a Charlotte native, who currently calls Greenville, South Carolina his home. He also has a love/hate relationship with the New York Mets and Jets.