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Cousins vs. Rodgers: Do the Redskins have the advantage at quarterback on Sunday?

Jan 7, 2016, 9:07 AM EDT

Rodgers-and-Cousins

Will the Redskins have an advantage at quarterback going into their wild card playoff game against the Packers on Sunday?

Two months ago, even a few weeks ago, it would have preposterous to suggest that Kirk Cousins could be considered the better player at quarterback in a postseason game than Aaron Rodgers. The Packers quarterback has a Super Bowl ring and is a two-time MVP. Kirk Cousins was expected to spend this season on the bench and after six games he had six touchdown passes and eight interceptions and it looked like he was running out of rope.

But as we sit here today, neither quarterback has followed expectations. Rodgers is having one of his worst statistical years. He is down from his career averages in nearly every major statistical category including completion percentage (60.7 in 2015, 65.1 career), net yards per pass attempt (5.7 in 2015, 7.0 career) and passer rating (92.7 in 2015, 104.1 career).

Cousins, meanwhile, posted some solid numbers, including the best completion percentage in the NFL (69.8) and top 10 performances in passer rating (101.6, fifth) and net yards per attempt (7.0, sixth).

Here are their numbers for the season:

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Clearly, Cousins had a better season. But the difference between the two becomes even more pronounced in the “what have to done lately” department. After six games the Redskins were 2-4 and Cousins was struggling as noted above. The Packers were rolling at 6-0. Rodgers was completing 68.1 percent of his passes with 15 touchdowns and two interceptions with a rating of 115.9.

But since then, Cousins has been better, much better. Here are the stats for the two QB’s from games seven through 16:

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It’s clearly and advantage to Cousins when we’re talking about the body of work in 2015 and the more recent games this year. But Rodgers does have an edge when it comes to postseason experience. He has started 11 playoff games and the Packers have won six of them. Cousins’ only postseason experience came in mop up duty after Robert Griffin III was injured against the Seahawks in 2012.

How much of an advantage is it for your quarterback to have more playoff experience than your opponent’s? Last year the team with the more playoff-experienced quarterback went 7-3 in the playoffs (in one game the two QB’s had played an equal number of playoff games going in). But in 2013 the more experienced quarterback was on the losing side in six of the 11 games.

What all of this boils down to is that it’s one game. If you did 50,000 computer simulations of the game, Cousins would probably come out having a better day than Rodgers most of the time. But they will play it once and you certainly can’t rule out Rodgers catching fire for a game and pushing the Packers past the Redskins.

  1. George Little - Jan 7, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    Experience is important so Cousins begins his.

  2. firesnyder - Jan 7, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    I’m a huge Kirk fan, but these are just all numbers. The emotional component looms large… will the moment be too big for Kirk? Will ARod’s abundant playoff experience prove more important? I don’t know. I agree, the 2015 numbers all go to Kirk, but past numbers and playoff experience go to ARod.

    • brucefan1 - Jan 7, 2016 at 10:56 AM

      Just being cheeky, fire, but even as a BIG Alex Rodriguez fan (hey you know the old saw; he may be a cheater, but he’s MY cheater!!) I doubt that Aaron Rodgers would appreciate having to share nicknames with with The Disgraced One. LOL

      Maybe we can change that handle up at least a little … like “ARodg”, or something?? ;^}

      But to your point; scuttlebut has it that the big difference between Kirk and Aaron that is that Cuz’s line is pass blocking better and his deep threats are giving defenses much more to worry about than ARodg’s counterparts are at this time. Skins have got to exploit both those weaknesses, no?

      • bangkokben - Jan 7, 2016 at 11:52 AM

        I call him: “A.A. Ron” from the substitute teacher skit. Sounds kind of like J.J. Watt. I know it’s not just me.

      • firesnyder - Jan 7, 2016 at 12:05 PM

        Lol, point taken. Yeah, nobody wants to be associated with the original “Arod” anymore :) Too bad Aaron’s jersey number isn’t #15. Then we could call him AR-15. :)

  3. YOU LIKE THAT - Jan 7, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    Kirk caught fire when they took the leash off. Missing D-Jax and Reed in early season hurt him a lot.Our running game being none existent didn’t help either. Now he has his weapons, and finds them accurately and often. This kid is special! I have always been a big fan of Rodgers. But Sunday at 4:40, he will not be the best QB on the field. I personally see no way this team loses..Call me Larry Michael. Just like him, I always believe in the Skins. Get ready, our Skins will play in a second playoff game!!! Final score 42- 17 REDSKINS!

    • bangkokben - Jan 7, 2016 at 11:54 AM

      Larry Michael

  4. wvredskins - Jan 7, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    I am a believer that we have a chance to win this game. However, we are going against a better team/QB than we have been playing in the past 4 weeks. I just have a bad feeling that Arod is going to catch fire this week. Our defense is not as good as the Cardinals or the Vikings. What I do like is the Heart and Fire this team plays with and the Confidence that Kirk has been playing with. This is a winnable game, but I dont see how we are favorites. I kinda wish we were the underdogs, but there is no way that the Redskins will take this Packer team lightly. Win or Lose we accomplished more than most thought. Most importantly we have our QB for the future- I wish I was gonna be at this game cause its gonna be rocking at Fed Ex field Sunday evening!!

  5. sidepull - Jan 7, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    We are going to see what Cousins and this team are made of now.

    “They” said:
    Cousins is an interception machine
    Cousins is not a leader and sulks when he gets behind
    Cousins and the Redskins cant win back to back games
    Cousins and the Redskins cant win on the road
    The Redskins cant beat the Giants
    Cousins cant throw deep
    Cousins is a career back up QB
    Well here we go this weekend and we will get a twofer:
    Cousins cant beat a team with a winning record
    Cousins cant win in the playoffs.
    A lot of people have been wrong so far that all I have to say about it.
    Go Redskins, Go Cousins HTTR!

    • brucefan1 - Jan 7, 2016 at 11:12 AM

      Of course, those things were said because they were true (or at least very widely accepted) at that time. The Skins have spent the last several weeks flipping that script, tho.

      The next ones that will have to go will be if the Skins can win a playoff game against a much more experienced team, and then if they can get one on the road.

      Hey, they’ve broken their old mold several times lately and just have to keep that momentum going in order to break more.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 7, 2016 at 12:02 PM

        “Of course, those things were said because they were true (or at least very widely accepted) at that time. The Skins have spent the last several weeks flipping that script, tho.”

        Absolutely correct and just because this season shows many positives about Cousins performances, it in know way indicates he won’t still have some of those issues next season. The jury is not decided on the Cousins yet as to how good of a staring QB he really is in the NFL.

        • John - Jan 7, 2016 at 11:21 PM

          It should be pointed out that Kirk had shown flashes of brilliance in each of the last 2 seasons . Anyone remember the Atlanta game at the end of 2013 after the rest of the team had given up on the season? Anyone remember the big games against Jacksonville and Philly early last season? Unfortunately to many folks remembered the interceptions against the Giants last year.

          This year, he finally gets named the starter for the season. He starts slow but finishes strong, along the way breaking team records (yds passing in a season, # completions, completion % and so on) and leading the team to a playoff birth and division title.

          All the kid needed was consistent playing time. To often people expect results right out of the gate. They don’t realize that it takes young quarterbacks 2-3 years playing time until things click. Some will point out that he’s been here now for 4 years. His previous seasons did not provide a good sample size as he played on and off in different situations as a backup coming off the bench. Backups get very little work with the starters. Most of the time, they run the scout team.

          Similar situation at the start of this season. No work with the starters until late in the preseason. That probably contributed to the slow start. That and not having Jackson for much of the season.

          Now he has had several weeks of steady work with the starting receivers. Each week, things have gotten better lots of tds, very few ints and a missing running game. Now imagine what he’ll be like next year after working with the starters all through the off season, OTAs and preseason.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 7, 2016 at 12:07 PM

        Btw – Great response overall Bruce

        • brucefan1 - Jan 7, 2016 at 1:23 PM

          Uh-oh… yer gonna tick a buncha folks off by posting that!! (But thanks for the compliment.)

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 7, 2016 at 1:53 PM

          The truth is rarely painless Bruce

        • gasngo14 - Jan 7, 2016 at 7:44 PM

          The truth is we have CAPTAIN KIRK ……YOU LIKE THAT!

      • bangkokben - Jan 7, 2016 at 1:00 PM

        Bruce those things were said without thought. The “truth” about those statements was based on conclusions based on a sample size that screamed TOO SMALL for statistical merit. You could say most of those things about Jamison Winston or Marcus Mariota or virtually any QB who has little experience. These statements are made from folks who need to make snap judgments for a living and then parroted by the misinformed. Any OBJECTIVE football fan would take the wait and see approach and moreover would recognize that a QB’s starting record is based on so many other factors (52 other men, coaching, opponents, weather, coaching – so important that it’s worth restating, etc.). Brock Osweiler’s starting record improved even though Manning came in audibled to running plays that won the game. You being self described as “old” will remember what a fantastic quarterback Archie Manning was in his day but he never even got to the playoffs. I guess he just plain sucked.

        Take Brandon Weedan – a pedestrian QB at best IMHO. He was eviscerated in the media for being unable to win a single game this season with THE DALLAS COWBOYS (three games in total), yet he won the game he finished for the Cowboys vs. the Eagles, the game he finished for the Texans, and the game he started the following week for the Texans. The Dallas Cowboys are a joke of an organization that had Weedan since March of 2014 yet they went out and traded for Matt Cassel. A guy that nobody seemed to want because not only was he traded twice in 2015 but both the Vikings and Bills had to throw in a draft pick each to get a slightly higher draft pick.

        What does it say about a team that finishes 2-12? As fabulous as Kirk Cousins has played this year, would the Redskins be 2-12 if he missed 14 games along with the time missed by Jackson AND all the other injuries? Dallas has a top ten defense and an offensive minded head coach AND they play in the WEAK NFC EAST yet they couldn’t overcome squadoosh.

        The point is that as important as it is to be decisive when running a football team, snap judgments based on limited playing time, limited opportunity, and ones that disregard the nature of a team sport are DEFINITELY open to ridicule.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 7, 2016 at 1:20 PM

          Ben, we could be still discussing sample sizes about recent Cousins positives this season. So sample size assumptions are still happening today. There is no assurance that Cousins will carry his improved play in the last half dozen games or so games into this post season game. Nor is there any assurance he’ll continue to play at a high level next season. There is just more reason to be optimistic about him as a quality starter. Cousins deserves credit for a high level of play recently. However, most having doubts about Cousins had merit at the beginning of the season just like there is still merit to doubt him now. However, there is again much more to credit him for as well. No one has lost any discussion with regards to Cousins outside the ones that were calling for him never to be a starter or never to overcome his issues.

        • bangkokben - Jan 7, 2016 at 3:00 PM

          In essence what you are saying is accurate. If you want to project only the last ten games (which is a significantly larger sample size than the one going into the season) it would be a big mistake. The trend of growth is optimistic but be not mistaken, although the sample size of excellent play is much larger than the “interception machine” sample more time is needed for any “assurances.” But any suggestions that there was merit based on the previous sample or that both samples mentioned are equal an opposing is widely inaccurate. Take his CAREER STATS and notice the trend and you have a cone similar to one predicting a hurricane. At the beginning of this year you had data but not enough to even find a direction. You basically had Hurrican Joaquin sitting in the Atlantic churning in the Bahamas. Factor in this year and suddenly you have a category 4 storm that was just a little hurricane seemingly yesterday. Yes there is good reason to be optimistic – optimistic and un-assured.

        • sidepull - Jan 7, 2016 at 1:45 PM

          Bang to listen to the media Manning was done and Osweiler was the second coming. All it took was beating the Patriots to get it going. You kinda knew he had to have a fall from grace and now the old dog is back at the helm. I just think too much negative stuff has been thrown at Cousins without giving him a chance. He has had to st in the shadow of RG3 and not everybody has, or will agree, that RG3 has been treated fairly through this process. It has been a coupe weeks now but I have not seen the ternm”skirt” posted. I know some smart a$$ will do it now. He will throw more picks, have bad games and some of it will be on him, some the coach and whoever, but was just implying the need to give the kid a break and give him credit where credit is due. I am glad Gruden stuck it out with him this year. I can appreciate how much of a commitment he must have had to stick with Cousins despite being down 24-0 to the Bucs. Had he pulled him, we would have never seen the comeback.

        • brucefan1 - Jan 7, 2016 at 1:54 PM

          “Bruce those things were said without thought.”

          (See I told ya, redskinsname … on the very next comment!! Gotta laugh!)

          Ben, I wonder WHEN it is okay to finally “pass judgement”? When is a sample size “big enough”?

          Are the last 7 games any better of an indicator of who Cuz really is that the previous several? Or do we have to wait and see how this upcoming contact of his plays out before we know if the Skins bought a long-term solution or a pig-in-a-poke?? (Because we know how many “sure things” have worked out recently.) Or do we just cherry pick sample sizes that support our agendas? All those options have been used, right?

          Right or wrong, fact of the matter is that list you posted (which was a very comprehensive and valid one) IS what most observers believed, based on performance — until the Skins started performing better. And it wasn’t just naysayers and “bad fans”(LOL), it included those who make a living deeply analyzing all this stuff (including QB-hungry teams that would not give less than a 4th-rounder to obtain Cousins.) So the opinions were pretty widespread.

          I know you and a few other here predicted more for this team and/or Cuz (kudos on that!), but based on the preponderance of the evidence available — until the Bucs game, let’s say– I don’t doubt that you understand how that was the exception and not the rule? Dunno … maybe even YOU were rethinking your prediction by that 3rd quarter??

          (And as far as speaking “without thought” … what’s THINKING got to do with it??!! ;^} )

        • bangkokben - Jan 7, 2016 at 2:57 PM

          ‘WHEN it is okay to finally “pass judgement”? ‘ I don’t know exactly but I know when it ISN’T. Didn’t we both think several times that it was too soon to pass judgment on Griffin? Don’t we both still think he has a chance (elsewhere)? I felt it necessary to give the SAME time to Cousins and Gruden as much as Shanahan – but that’s just me. Why should Cousins have to succeed faster and further in less time?

          “Are the last 7 games any better of an indicator of who Cuz really is that the previous several? ” Yes (to some degree) BUT…This is the biggest misconception. It’s not this piece or that piece – except that the most recent shows the current trend (up, down, flat) – IT’S THE TOTALITY! It is utterly stupid to base any QB on one small segment of his career – especially the beginning.

          As for the concern that Cousins might not be able to duplicate his current season, there are tangible reasons for optimism. As much as all of us were caught up in the magic of Robert’s 2012, there were a number of notable taking heads (Ron Jaworski) that pointed out the 2012 offense was a one-read offense. Cooley later confirmed that Griffin scrambling WAS the check down. Nick Foles also had a magical year but it was year one of Chip Kelly offense. Until someone of substance tells me that Jay Gruden runs a gimmicky offense, I have reason to be optimistic provided there is a healthy T. Williams, D. Jackson, and J. Reed.

          As for the “deep analyzers,” who they and what are they saying NOW?

        • brucefan1 - Jan 7, 2016 at 6:52 PM

          “As for the “deep analyzers,” who they and what are they saying NOW?”

          I would say that deep analyzers include many people who do just that for a living, including the media, NFL front office talent evaluators, and even those who set betting lines (not to mention those who actually bet on games for a living, or play fantasy sports for profit), among others. Of course I’d include YOU in that august company of deep analyzers, my friend!

          I guess they are all saying a variety of things now (aside from a few “I told you so”s, like in our group), but the most common response is probably, “Man, we misjudged that one!”. Some fair & honest media guys have been admitting it already.

          And ya gotta imagine that in a few front offices they are regretting that they didn’t give up that 2- (or 3rd even?) rounder the Skins wanted for Cousin Kirk. Awkward!! LOL

          But more importantly imho, in the Redskins front office they’ve got to be breathing a sigh of relief that no one actually took them up on that offer, or else the team’s franchise QB might very well have worn … what … an ORANGE helmet this year maybe?! Yikes.

          Ya gotta think THOSE deep analyzers feel they dodged a bullet on that one, right? ;^}

      • Skulb - Jan 7, 2016 at 11:33 PM

        Seriously, these things were not mentioned as statements of fact by a lot of people. They were used as oneliners to “prove” that Kirk was a bad QB and that Gruden was a “fat idiot”. I can understand that some of the worst of you are now trying to backtrack, but we’re not all demented here. We all remember what you were saying back in July and August. We also remember how you said it and all the insults you were hurling at anyone who argued against you.

        I don’t think you deserve to get away with it and therefore I will keep reminding you.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 8, 2016 at 11:22 AM

          If you are referring to me then you don’t know what you are talking about. If you are referring to me then you are just like so many others who can’t comprehend or discern the difference between critical analysis and hate. I do recall the psychotic episode you experienced that initiating much of this. Most your rants were ridiculous, unfounded, and evidence of someone who hasn’t stood on a football field before.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 7, 2016 at 11:59 AM

      Many of those statements you have can be put in past tense and would show to be true. You shouldn’t knock others who used what they knew as a reason to lack confidence in Cousins. Did not everyone here at least think a few of those negatives about Cousins at the beginning of the season? As for me I never stated or believed many of those comments. Cousins always showed the ability to hit the deep ball but the offensive scheme early on and to some degree now doesn’t leave him many opportunities. Cousins always had the ability to be a starting QB. Its the quality of starter that was the question.

      It’s great that Cousins overcame many of his deficiencies this season. However Cousins was never a victim due to ones that doubt him. He created those doubts on his own with his own past performances.

      • bangkokben - Jan 7, 2016 at 1:15 PM

        Here are the ones I had/have problems with:

        Cousins and the Redskins cant win back to back games
        (ridiculously impatient)

        Cousins and the Redskins cant win on the road
        (road schedule was obviously tougher than home schedule)*

        Cousins cant throw deep
        (patently false evidenced by 2014)

        Cousins is a career back up QB
        (snap judgment based on what evidence)

        Cousins cant beat a team with a winning record
        (53-man sport but just a matter of time)*

        Cousins cant win in the playoffs.
        (this doesn’t start unless they lose and then it starts)

        *Which would you rather? Would you rather have beat the Patriots in New England or win the division? If you’re not sure ask the players of the Philadelphia Eagles.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 7, 2016 at 1:49 PM

          Sure many were using the wrong auxiliary verb due to lack of patience. “Hasn’t” would have been the more accurate usage. Along with Cousins’ improvements he has broken through many of those barriers. However, Bruce suggestion of “carrying the moment to break those molds” is key to putting an end to the remaining questions regarding what Cousins is can accomplish. There is a definitive difference between ones that hold valid doubts and ones that held no hope at all for the guy. It seems a few of the ones that saw no hope in Cousins has created a form of mass hysteria of fan on fan hate here regarding any criticism about Cousins. I think the ones that were actually hating (not critical) on RG3 and still here pounding their proverbial “bird chest” about Cousins were far more vitriol towards RG3 than anyone here that actual hated on Cousins.

        • hail74 - Jan 7, 2016 at 2:06 PM

          I think that both camps had their fair share of unnecessary attacks on the other. For every cousins chest pounder there was someone calling people the kissing cousins crew or implying that they were racists. All of it totally unnecessary. I know I personally jumped on the RG3 hype wagon before he was drafted and argued away his poor games like the ones against Pittsburgh and Carolina and I admit I’m doing that for cousins now. The interception and composure criticism was warranted and I’m just glad to see him, if even just temporary, put those to rest.

        • bangkokben - Jan 7, 2016 at 3:20 PM

          Look, I agree that Cousins’ interceptions and his response to the interceptions WERE justifiable criticisms and Kirk will throw more interceptions and a chunk of them will be his fault. He may even have a four pick game down the road – as many of the good passers have had, however, suggesting that this latest ten game streak without multiple picks is somehow (perhaps) a temporary fix of a lasting problem is grossly overvaluing first impressions.

        • skinsgame - Jan 7, 2016 at 10:06 PM

          Hail74 hit the big nail there. Until Thanksgivingish, if you didn’t hate Jay Gruden for “what he did” to Griffin it was because you were a racist or a “hater”, as if you somehow enjoyed watching the team lose. I didn’t revel in Griffin holding the ball far too long or watching him get crushed but that didn’t matter. Accusations of racism and hate were everywhere. Now, if someone posts a comment boasting about how Cousins has made those accusers look foolish, we’re all supposed to apologize for them? Please.

          I’d rather parse through a few “told ya so!” comments than read the “Kelly is a better coach” jibberish, not that I especially relish those trying to rub it in. Cousins hasn’t proven anything about the 2016 regular season, no. But he is healthy, mature, and has improved his game without benefit of a threat of a running game. These aren’t gimmick plays he’s executing, they’re “Big-boy” drop backs and reads. All signs point to him being ridiculously good.

          No one has to be sorry for that nor apologize to those who were questioning IQ or moral integrity. Go stick it.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 8, 2016 at 11:31 AM

          ” kissing cousins crew”

          That’s me and I don’t deny it! It was more of a pun in reaction to the far many more epithets towards any disagreement or criticism regardless how objective towards Cousins. It was actually. I don’t regret and I certainly don’t apologize for it. There was a swing towards naive support for Cousins. That’s the opinion I hold and I think it is true.

          If you want to search back and find the initiators of this then you’ll find Skulb who is a RG3 hater NOT critic that was a major part of creating dissent and turning the dialog into childish rants.

          No one should deny Cousins upward trend as a NFL QB. He has shown he can play his position at a high level. What I’ve seen recently IMO is a better use of the whole field. A quicker processing with his progressions. Cousins while heavily relied upon on Reed has manage to diversify his options by getting more completions to other receivers. I haven’t look at the trending statistics on Reed during the season but my hunch is while his numbers are up there are fewer passes thrown his way. This is because Cousins appears to be using the whole field. I’d still like to see more emphasis on getting throws up to Jackson. However overall there is no denying the recent results. Cousins had looked very good and he is trending upward. Hopefully there will come a time when Cousins struggles that we can see it as a minor slump like with the Bradys and Rogers. Cousins is still in a growing pattern and as long as he can at least continue playing at this level then eventually any doubt would evaporate and any future struggles will become more forgivable even for the most critical of fans.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 8, 2016 at 11:38 AM

          Skinsgame, you are one of the biggest goons here distorting fact and what appears to be done purposely. The reason why it’s “jibberish” to you, which is actually spelled with a G as in gibberish, is because it’s above your head. Most comments seem to fly above your head because you can seem to accurately comprehend any statement.

        • skinsgame - Jan 8, 2016 at 8:11 PM

          What “facts”? Produce something. You are doing it AGAIN. Completely baseless opinions, verified in your own mind and nowhere else, while you call names. You are the quintessential cockroach. You say so much and nothing ever really gets said.

        • squawonthewarpath - Jan 8, 2016 at 11:39 PM

          At the beginning of the season when it was announced that Cousins would be the starting quarterback I commented that I felt this was the right decision. I based my opinion in favor of this because of RG3’s style of play and his injury-prone history throughout college and his NFL career. It was my feeling that even if the staff had to decided to go with Robert it was a strong possibility that Kirk would end up playing the majority of the season anyway. Because of this statement I was automatically labeled a “Griffin Hater/Kirk Lover”, was told I never posted anything worthy ( I don’t post often) and once when I was merely celebrating one of the early season victories was accused of gloating. All because I supported a decision that certain people on this board disagreed with. Most of the fan on fan hate that has been prevalent on this board came directly from those fans who disagreed with the starting quarterback decision towards those who were in support of it.

        • skinsgame - Jan 9, 2016 at 1:22 AM

          And it continues, even as the team enters the playoffs. A few of them have dropped out or make infrequent appearances. Tim and redskinsname just began reappearing, unfortunately.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 9, 2016 at 10:02 AM

          Skinsgame,

          You have routinely tried to place me into a group of Cousins haters. The fact is there are very few Cousin haters in this site. There are others that criticize Cousins but it has been constructive. However, you and your band of nitwits can see the difference. You are not a very smart person I get that. While I haven’t placed you in the gutter group of GasnGo and “You Like That” which look to be the same person, I think you best fit his place as a disgraceful fan with little or no value in carrying on with any furher discussions.

          Here is what I stated about both Cousins in RG3 back in September. This is not the words of a Cousins hater and I’d LOVE for you to go and find where I directly called anyone a racists other that Voice something who called RG3 a “BOY” all caps multiple time. Oh and in case you don’t know September occurs before Thanksgiving.

          redskinsnameisheretostay – Sep 2, 2015 at 9:46 AM
          ” I provide stats that showed the contrary and you jump right it trying to back him up about how bad Cousins is lol.”

          I’ll just end my discussion with you here by stating that the above comment is not true. I was just demonstrating the other side of Cousins’ game which provides a more complete picture of where he is as a NFL quarterback in 2014. Also I thought it was a tricky comment, while funny, because you appeared to present it as preseason stats. Maybe you’re ready to talk up Cousins like he is our savior while I am not. I’m cautiously supportive of Cousins because I know how he has let me down in the past when I started to believe in his abilities as a starter. If he can post many games with those numbers then we can start to celebrate our new starting QB. However, to ignore the complete picture about Cousins only adds to the dissension here.

          redskinsnameisheretostay – Sep 2, 2015 at 11:02 AM
          So if you’re so “cautious” about Kirk, why are you so hopelessly optimistic about Griffin?

          You must be confusing me with someone else. I have openly stated my concerns with RG3’s durability and pocket awareness. I’ve only however openly challenged the ones here that provide a very narrow analysis of RG3 while excusing everything that goes wrong around him. I’ve done the same with Cousins where I stated Cousins deserves some praise while being aware it hasn’t been with he starting unit.

          The only bias I may have with RG3 is wanting him to have the opportunity to be the starting QB this season. My position is that it’s all about the potential between the two QBs. I just think RG3 has elite potential where Cousins does not. I also realize I could be wrong about both. However, I feel the best scenario to work out was to give RG3 one last shot to demonstrate this potential. I think we’ve wasted that opportunity now and we’ll find out if some other team can make him into the dangerous QB he once was in college and 2012. As for Cousins, we could have moved him into the starting role later into the season if the situation with RG3 goes bad. We could have then signed Cousins to an extension if he shows more progress and promise. I actually have no doubt Cousins can win games here as a starting QB, but I’m not high on him being able to succeed at an elite level.

        • skinsgame - Jan 9, 2016 at 10:24 AM

          Again, you wrote essentially a bible, about yourself, with comments from yourself, and contradicted yourself. You aren’t bringing anything factual or statistical but you insult my intelligence. When fans root for Cousins success, you admittedly insulted them, yet here, you pretend you’re offering “critical analysis”. Another example is your hypocrisy in Gruden v Kelly which is a debate going on in only your own mind.

          I asked you to bring a “distorted fact” you claim I “constantly” make (the kind of thing an emotional woman would say) and you appropriately cut and pasted 2 of your own posts as evidence. That you actually went and dug up. Yourself. Probably spent all morning looking for something and writing your poem about yourself and still said nothing.

          Get a hobby. Go fishing or something. Read a book.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 9, 2016 at 10:27 AM

          squawonthewarpath, I know you like to portray yourself as this a devoted “kind” fan who was unfairly attacked but I recall some of those discussions with you. Your statements was laden with insults place upon RG3 and probably others. It’s one thing to show support for your team or player. It’s a whole different story when you use insults towards another players or coaches to demonstrate that support.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 9, 2016 at 10:49 AM

          Actually squawonthewarpath I couldn’t find no such support by you but I did find the shallow comments below. Ones that include calling Kirk an Interception machine and the other claiming RG3 is well an injury machine. Real Innocent are you? Nope supporting the idea that RG3 would get hurt if he played …oh wait destined I think was the word you use is not a fan providing constructive comments.

          squawonthewarpath – Sep 6, 2015 at 9:09 PM
          Perhaps it is time for all of us Redskin fans to face the harsh and stark reality that NONE of the 3 quarterbacks on the roster are starters in the NFL.

          squawonthewarpath – Sep 20, 2015 at 7:14 PM
          It is kind of quiet here. I notice an absence of RG3 fans and Cousin bashers. Never understood it anyway. A true fan supports the entire team and not just one player.

          squawonthewarpath – Sep 27, 2015 at 11:22 AM
          I think the coaching staff decided to go with Cousins, not because he is better than RG3, but because Cousins was going to end up playing anyway. Anybody with eyes knows Cousin’s is an interception machine. Just as it’s obvious to anyone that RG3 is a disaster (injury) waiting to happen again and again.

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          squawonthewarpath – Sep 27, 2015 at 12:20 PM
          What I find amusing is how last week when the Skins finally WON a game how the comment sections were threadbare. Now after the loss on Thursday the sections are overloaded with “i told you so’s” and tons of negativity, mainly directed at Cousins. I am in total agreement that Cousins is NOT a good quarterback, but at least he can remain upright. He was going to end up playing the majority of the season anyways because RG3 was going to end up hurt.

          redskinsnameisheretostay – Sep 27, 2015 at 5:48 PM
          “He was going to end up playing the majority of the season anyways because RG3 was going to end up hurt.”

          Another example of someone who watches the games but never really gets the big picture. RG3 could have played all of 2013 with a brace. To assume he’ll just get hurt if he plays is for me to assume you are better off being a Cowboy fan.

          squawonthewarpath – Sep 27, 2015 at 7:03 PM
          Wow after these 2 ridiculous comments it’s no wonder I rarely post here. I think I’ve made all of perhaps 2 or 3 brief posts here and I’ve already been falsely accused of engaging in hypocrisy for doing something I never did and now because I mention RG3’s injury-prone tendencies (which is the TRUTH) I am told I should become a Cowboy fan. Geez………

          redskinsnameisheretostay – Sep 27, 2015 at 8:49 PM
          You didn’t mention his tendencies you were predicting he be injured if he played. There is a big difference. i don’t like any fan that hopes/thinks any player is going to get hurt if he steps onto a field. Are you saying the same about Jordan Reed? Also, it’s simply preposterous to even discuss RG3 playing right now. I see very few comments here asking for him to replace Cousins. If Cousins plays well then he gets credit and I’ve continue to support him starting. The fact is that he has performed at a sub-par level and any fans has a right to call out his performance. This has nothing to do with RG3. I was here a few days after the victory and if I was commenting the very day of that victory, I would have riled over his play just as much as in this lost. He has yet to play well in a single game this season. I haven’t just blamed him I’ve also blamed the scheme that is not allowing opportunities to stretch the defense more. You just read what you want to read. You posted your comments attacking other fans and RG3. Yet, you are shocked by the response?

          squawonthewarpath – Sep 27, 2015 at 9:27 PM
          Excuse me? Redskinsnameishere……… I have never once attacked anyone on this board or RG3. I simply commented on noticing way fewer comments on this board after the win as opposed to the lost. I can’t believe how you blatantly lie and attempted to twist what little I did say into something that it wasn’t. If you believe that posting about fewer people being around after the win or someone mentioning that RG3 is injury prone to be an attack then…well I won’t even go there because there is an old saying that the more you stir crap the worse it skinks. I’ll leave it at that.

          redskinsnameisheretostay – Sep 28, 2015 at 8:21 AM
          ” He was going to end up playing the majority of the season anyways because RG3 was going to end up hurt.”

          That comment above is a prediction on RG3 and NOT a discussion on his injury tendencies. You can try to distort it any other way you like. You clearly stated RG3 will end up hurt. I don’t care if you are wishing or expecting it. It’s a pathetic mindset to have when a fan expects a player to get on the field and get hurt. If you have concerns about RG3 getting hurt well that’s one thing. However, that’s is not what you comment suggest. You’re not concerned, you are just expecting the worst to happen to this kid.
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        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 9, 2016 at 10:58 AM

          ” Yourself. Probably spent all morning looking for something and writing your poem about yourself and still said nothing.”

          searching for those posts took less than 10 minutes. Have you ever used a search engine before? Did you know there is a way to click find and locate a key word? Maybe you need to start at the top of every page and read down to find what you want. However, I a bit more resourceful than that.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 9, 2016 at 11:01 AM

          Oh I will quickly tell you still that Kelly is a better Coach than Gruden. I’ll tell you in a few seasons most wouldn’t consider the alternative. Your wee bit football mind just can’t see beyond this season.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 9, 2016 at 11:04 AM

          ” When fans root for Cousins success, you admittedly insulted them, ”

          I don’t need to go any further than this page to prove my point about you. There’s a distortion right there. Where did I admit insulting fans who root for Cousins? You just don’t get it do you?

        • skinsgame - Jan 9, 2016 at 11:25 AM

          No, YOU don’t get it. From this very thread…

          “redskinsnameisheretostay – Jan 8, 2016 at 11:31 AM
          ” kissing cousins crew”

          That’s me and I don’t deny it! It was more of a pun in reaction to the far many more epithets towards any disagreement or criticism regardless how objective towards Cousins. It was actually. I don’t regret and I certainly don’t apologize for it…”

          There, see how I did that? I made a claim and then backed it up with something factual. From one of your own novels, chapter 1. And it was based on “facts” that you didn’t bother backing up, I might add. “…far many more epithets..”? Ambiguous much? I recall a poster writing “Boy” about Griffin and they were summarily dismissed by nearly everyone. Otherwise, the criticisms of Griffin were actually rooted in what we in the real world like to call, “fair territory” or, “body of work”. We could debate those things, even if we disagree on the eyeball test results. I use “we” loosely, of course.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 9, 2016 at 11:33 AM

          Do you know a pun means a joke? What I admitted was using a pun in response to the many others using phrases like “RG3MEs”, “Cousins Haters”, “RG3 Backers”, etc. I didn’t admit INSULTING “Cousins Supporters” and if you read some of my comments with an open mind then you’d know I’m a supporter of Cousins as well. I stated that I’d support Cousins hot off of Gruden’s decision to start him. What you just proved is your propensity to distort as I state you do. Case Closed! Again and Again like speaking with a 8 year I have only provided criticism towards Cousins when I felt there were areas he need to improve upon and NOT because I wanted him to fail but because I wanted him to succeed. You just don’t get it.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 9, 2016 at 11:48 AM

          Sometimes you need to resort to drawing a picture for folks. It’s a shame there is no way to provide you a Power Point explanation.

          “Fans rooting for Cousins success” != (NOT Equal) “fans that throw epithets towards any disagreement or criticism regardless how objective towards Cousins”.

        • skinsgame - Jan 9, 2016 at 12:49 PM

          I posted a reply, it didn’t show up.

          I included more of the quote from one of your novels intentionally, smart guy. “…more of a pun..” indicates you believe there to some truth to what you wrote. Turns out, you aren’t clever or funny. Or convincing. Blogs are filled with opinions and most of us read the opinions and disagree without calling the others a name.

          I’m still waiting on you to produce some of my “constant distortion of facts”. While you search for those, search for a thread in which you won someone over. Find us all a post where you won a debate, even if it’s merely one of your factless opinions, but where it ends without you insulting other posters and convincing someone (ANYONE) that you are right. I’ll wait.

        • Rich Tandler - Jan 9, 2016 at 7:41 PM

          A reminder that posts with certain words in them go to the spam folder and I permanently delete them. If you can’t use civil language you are welcome to find someplace else to post your thoughts.

          And let’s get it out of the sandbox here. Grow up. I haven’t banned anyone in a while but if I think you are trolling and driving potentially good posters off, I’ll do it.

        • skinsgame - Jan 9, 2016 at 12:57 PM

          Almost forgot, dig up some examples of the “Epithets” as well. We all know someone posted, “Boy” once. Your portrayal is one of a multitude of ugly insults. Should be as easy as digging up all of the distorted facts I constantly post but not as easy as I find it to discover posts of you insulting other posters or writing chapters of baseless opinions. I’ll wait.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 9, 2016 at 1:05 PM

          “’m still waiting on you to produce some of my “constant distortion of facts”. While you search for those, search for a thread in which you won someone over. Find us all a post where you won a debate, even if it’s merely one of your factless opinions,

          Well the one nice thing about your ignorance is that you don’t know when you lost. I already proved you distort facts in clear side-by-side comparison. I don’t care about winning anyone over. I don’t care how likes me or not likes me. This is not high school. Well maybe never educated yourself to that level to know what high school is licked. I’m to here to win debates. I’m here to provide an objective opinion and read the few here, you not included, that do provide an insightful perspective.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 9, 2016 at 1:07 PM

          “I posted a reply, it didn’t show up.’

          Yeah okay!

        • skinsgame - Jan 9, 2016 at 1:19 PM

          So, nothing still? No biggie. You don’t need to worry. I’m going to be all over you from now on. Going forward you’ll have ample opportunity to attempt to accuse me of something and hopefully you’ll be able tomactually produce something. Be sure to put on your thinking cap.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 9, 2016 at 1:31 PM

          Oh please do bring it on Sparky.

          “Be sure to put on your thinking cap.’

          I guess you’ve been confusing that cone shape hat for a thinking cap you have on.

        • skinsgame - Jan 9, 2016 at 2:04 PM

          Still nothing. lol

        • squawonthewarpath - Jan 9, 2016 at 5:05 PM

          When I made my most recent post on this particular thread about being called a Cousins lover/RG3 Hater, being insulted etc. early on the in the season I NEVER once mentioned any names. Why, Mr. NameIsHere are you SO damn defensive about it????????????? While I offered comments about RG3’s injury prone status (WHICH WERE FACTUAL), my concerns that Kirk may not be the answer due to his interception history I never once insulted anyone on here UNTIL I was insulted first. I guess you can dish it out, but cannot take it perhaps????

        • squawonthewarpath - Jan 9, 2016 at 7:14 PM

          I also am glad you, heretostay, went back and pulled some of my posts from back in September because all you did was prove me right The thing was when I was talking about being attacked on this current thread I wasn’t necessarily talking about YOU specifically…but clearly you either are paranoid or have a guilty conscience in order to have thought it was all about YOU to the point of going back and cherry picking the posts you THINK validate your childish behavior. Kind of surprised you wasted one minute, let alone ten, on someone who you claim has “nothing to offer.”

    • timwillhide - Jan 7, 2016 at 9:47 PM

      Cousins still doesn’t throw deep accurately. Watch the tape receiver has to stop and go after it

      • skinsgame - Jan 7, 2016 at 10:09 PM

        You stick to your guns, Timmy. lol

        • John - Jan 8, 2016 at 11:37 PM

          Don’t pay attention to Tim. He likes to say things like Cousins numbers only came against bad teams. What a revelation. Last I remember your supposed to beat the bad teams.

          This from the guy who references stats but can’t or won’t look at them in context. He should stay in hiding.

      • Skulb - Jan 7, 2016 at 11:38 PM

        I can’t post images so you’ll have to cooperate: please go to Google Images and type in “head up butt” and then look at all the pictures you find.

      • John - Jan 7, 2016 at 11:42 PM

        Yeah, your right, we should pass on resigning him and get Manziel instead.

        Oh, wait a minute, you still have no clue, so go sit in the corner and be quiet.

        • timwillhide - Jan 8, 2016 at 12:33 AM

          Non exclusive Franchise Tag. That way we can find out his value by matching what Kirk is offered. If a team drastically over pay we get two 1st round picks. I can’t see someone over paying and giving up two 1st round picks for a guy who only did it 1 year. This could be our best option.

        • bangkokben - Jan 8, 2016 at 7:48 AM

          Hysterical, Tim. You still don’t get it. How do you think that would go over with the team? With the veteran defensive guys screaming you like that for the past ten weeks and then irregardless of where the Redskins end up in the playoffs starting over at QB for two number one draft picks. What they are feeling in Tampa’s locker room right now would be magnified by a million. Clueless!

        • timwillhide - Jan 8, 2016 at 8:44 AM

          Obviously you can’t read bang

          I clearly wrote nobody would over pay so we couldn’t match plus give 2 picks.

          It’s the best way to find out his value without over paying

          Try reading people’s comments before blowing off

          Your so sensitive to anyone saying anything about Cousins that if people aren’t saying sign him to an outrageous contract and Cousins is the Goat you get offended

          Get off the guys jock he needs to wear it for the game

        • timwillhide - Jan 8, 2016 at 10:08 AM

          Wanting to Breaki the Bank for a guy who only did it for half a season against teams with loosing records is truely clueless

        • bangkokben - Jan 8, 2016 at 10:31 AM

          Tim, you still don’t get it. They know his value regardless of me reading your post wrong. I’m sure I’m the first guy between the two of us to do that. He will get paid. It will be around $17M a year and the Redskins will do it. Cousins will never hit free agency – even if he throws four picks on Sunday. Whether the ‘skins overpay him is irrelevant. It is the cost for a top half NFL QB. Similarly, the cost for moving up in the draft to pick Griffin. It simply is the rate. If you buy a Lamborghini and a boulder falls on it does it mean you paid too much for it? No. It simply means you didn’t get the full value of it. Sh!t happens. Same thing with signing Cousins. It is the cost of doing business and if future “S” happens; then the Redskins and its fans don’t get the value out of the deal.

          Next year Drew Brees’ cap hit will be $30M. Joe Flacco’s $28.5M. Eli Manning’s $24.5M. Each of those guys have won a Super Bowl. Matt Ryan’s cap hit will be $23.75M. Have these quarterbacks’ teams overpaid for their services? The NFL is a resource management game and occasionally you can a top ten QB season out of a QB that is in his rookie contract. The Redskins got one in 2012 and one in 2015. The Seahawks got that out of Wilson.

          The point about re-signing Cousins is is that we now have a real GM who will get the best deal done for the Washington Redskins. You don’t have to worry about it.

        • bangkokben - Jan 8, 2016 at 10:41 AM

          Tim, it’s not whether I or someone else wants to “break the bank” to sign the guy. All your wringing of hands and deliberately providing misleading information to somehow put yourself on the side of reason as if you aren’t standing there by yourself. Cousins had one of the best SEASONS in Redskins history at the position. Go ahead deny it and post supporting information for your RIDICULOUS position. It’s a bleeping season – not half a season, not a stretch – A WHOLE SEASON AS A STARTER. He had no running game and in the games the Redskins had big leads in, he rarely even threw in the 2nd half. His numbers could’ve been better if the coaches didn’t elect to stop throwing.

      • John - Jan 8, 2016 at 10:36 AM

        According to John Clayton of ESPN, he’ll be getting something along the lines of 4 years, $60 Million, unless it becomes necessary to franchise him. So like any commodity, they will pay based on the market. In any case their not going to let him go for picks and start over when their a handful of players away from being a true contender.

        • timwillhide - Jan 9, 2016 at 1:51 AM

          Did I once say let him go for 2 picks???? The answer NO TRY READING WHAT I WROTE

          I said Non Exclusive Franchise Tag so you can find out the market value otherwise you are going off of what the agent wants.

          Nobody will Over pay to the point we can’t match and give up 2 picks NOBODY.

        • skinsgame - Jan 9, 2016 at 10:09 AM

          Now you don’t believe Scot Mc knows the value of professional QB’s so he should let another team negotiate a deal and the Redskins will just match that? Wow.

  6. Agent Smith - Jan 7, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    The Packers played tough competition coming out of their bye week. First the Broncos, then the Panthers. Of the Packers 6 losses since the bye week, 4 of those losses were to teams with top defenses: Broncos, Panthers, Cardinals, and Vikings.

    Much in the same way that the Redskins poor road record was more a reflection of the opponents they played (Panthers, Patriots, Jets, Falcons) — the Packers second half is more a reflection of playing some tough opponents with tough defenses.

    Our Redskins defense is not so tough. Our run defense has been swiss cheese, and we’re in the bottom 10 in pass defense / yards allowed. And while our pass rush has done well, especially these last few games, much of that is attributable to the Redskins posting big leads and forcing opponents to throw.

    Aaron Rodgers will have success against our defense. He will look a lot better than he did in the last 2 weeks against the Cardinals and Vikings. However, if the Redskins can limit him particularly on second and third down, then we have a chance. And if our offense continues to roll and sustain long drives, then I like our chances.

    I see this game as a potential shootout. Over / under is 46, and I’m taking the over on this one.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 7, 2016 at 11:48 AM

      Very well stated! I’d prefer the team find a way to avoid a shootout. However, I tend to lean in the same direction because we haven’t shown the ability to run the call consistently. It’s hard to avoid a potential shootout when the offense rushes the ball under 25 times a game. I think this will be a competitive game and tight one in the end.

      • firesnyder - Jan 7, 2016 at 12:20 PM

        One thing I noticed in studying Alf this year… I think LeRibeus was hampering Alf. On many plays, LeRibeus would allow a big push from the nose tackle which would, in turn, force Alf left or right when the play might have been designed to go through the tackles. Also, LeRibeus almost never successfully makes his second level block (at the linebacker level). On Sunday, I think we run the ball quite a bit better with Lichtensteiger.

        I guess what I’m saying is, I think we are gaining another dimension of the game at a critical time. So, when people say we havn’t beat good competition, that’s true, but the team has also continued to grow (in confidence and skill) in-season and now we are actually getting some breaks health-wise as well.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 7, 2016 at 12:35 PM

          “I think LeRibeus was hampering Alf.”

          I have to agree since Alf still runs better in the zone blocking scheme. A center in the zone block often has to get to the second level. I rarely saw LeRibeus blocking down into the second level, So I have to think this limited the zone blocking some and probably the power blocking even more. Lich is very quick off the block and was great at getting to the second level playing the Center position.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 7, 2016 at 12:45 PM

          BTW – Where the heck have the likes of you been all season? It’s refreshing to see a response with some astute analysis. We do have a few posters that do that but certainly could use more of that here.

        • firesnyder - Jan 7, 2016 at 12:59 PM

          Redskinsnameishere – Haha, thanks. I’ve posted every once in awhile, but I guess not often enough. Seeing Kirk grow this year has really brought out my enthusiasm I guess (been a huge fan since 1978). I like your analyses as well. Here’s to a victory on Sunday!

    • Skulb - Jan 7, 2016 at 11:39 PM

      I’m looking for a shootout as well. I guessed 43-39 elsewhere so I’ll stick with that. I can’t see either defense stopping the opposing offense.

  7. troylok - Jan 7, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    What Kirk has that Rodgers doesn’t is a better supporting cast. Our line blocks better and we have a better crew of receivers with Nelson on IR. I’d give an edge to them with their running backs but doesn’t matter much if the guys up front can’t block.

  8. redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 7, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    When looking at the sheer numbers, Cousins has performed better than Rogers during the tail end of the season. However, there is no clear winner when weighing the whole season. The touchdown to interception ratio of 31 to 8 normally out weighs the inferior completion percentage and yard figures. When you can get a bump in percentage in completion rate with a 1 or even -2 yard pass plays or have a receiver get you 60 yards out of a 65 yard pass play breaking tackles along the way, its easy to inflate those statistical numbers. Touchdowns and interceptions are not infallible either but far less likely to fall victim to similar inflated numbers.

    Regardless, Cousins does appears to be the hotter of the two Quarterbacks as the season came to an end but lets not deny the quality of opponent is significantly higher in Rogers favor. So is it really that clear who is performing better (Arizona, Denver, Seattle, and Minnesota)?

    This statement is not an attack on any player or in support of any player. It is just something to ponder since Rogers ability as an elite QB should not be overlooked. For those here that can’t provide a objective and valued response on this point, move on.

  9. redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 7, 2016 at 12:09 PM

    Kirk Cousins named NFC Offensive Player of December! Job well done Kirk! Now go and get that same award in January!

    • firesnyder - Jan 7, 2016 at 12:21 PM

      Hail!

    • John - Jan 7, 2016 at 4:31 PM

      Where is Tim? I bet he’s hiding again. He can’t stand hearing good news about Cousins. It conflicts with his Elias Sports Bureau stats… LOL!!!

      • gasngo14 - Jan 7, 2016 at 7:45 PM

        John YOU LIKE THAT!

        HA ha

  10. JOHNNY B - Jan 7, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    FedEx field will be on fire Sunday with Kirk Cousins playing his best football at home. He gains more confidence with the fans behind him. I think Cousins will out play Rodgers this game but it will from to much pressure on Rodgers from our front 7. If Green Bays o-line was better I would bet on Rodgers. Not saying that I don’t believe in Kirk’s ability it’s just Rodgers has a ton more experience in the playoffs.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Jan 7, 2016 at 4:17 PM

      O-line and receivers, we (and Kirk) have the edge.
      ~

  11. firesnyder - Jan 7, 2016 at 4:06 PM

    Would be nice if offensive tackle David Bakhtiari does not play on Sunday for the Pack. Check out this tweet…. Sam Shields is still out. At the very least, Bakhtiari will be hampered by his ankle injury. Hopefully we can exploit that in order to get to Rodgers.

    • brucefan1 - Jan 7, 2016 at 6:58 PM

      The more injuries for them the better!

      (There I said it! May the football gods forgive me.)

  12. berniebernard666 - Jan 7, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    On Sunday afternoon, all the questions about Kirk Cousins will be answered. Can he handle a playoff game without folding? How good is Captain Kirk? Was he just on a Hot streak? Can he out duel Rodgers? Is he for Real?…… Is he a Franchise QB?…………or was he just a fluke for a few exciting weeks.

    The REDSKINS still had a successful season and have a GREAT General Manager.

    • brucefan1 - Jan 7, 2016 at 7:30 PM

      Man that’s an awful lot to put on Kirk’s shoulders again, bernie! Thankfully has has borne that burden with aplomb for the last several weeks … but this IS his biggest test yet. Fortunately many more facets of his team have been clicking over the past several weeks than on Rodgers’s.

      One area in which I have especially noticed lately is in that great intangible we call “the breaks”. It appears to me that many of those wacky plays that had more often gone against the B&G in the past have been going FOR them recently. Anybody else notice it?

      Branch Rickey famously declared that “luck” is the residue of design, and it often is; a good team frequently MAKES their breaks, is in Will Blackmon’s 2 BIG T.Os vs. Dallas on Sunday, and sometimes it is just LUCK — like when Alf’s bobble bounced right back into his hands in that same game. No rhyme or reason for that one.

      But whether they create their own breaks, or “dumb luck” happens to smile upon them, any team is gonna need some of that stuff in order to advance far in these playoffs. Let’s hope that whatever good karma has been blessing the Redskins recently continues to do so this weekend and beyond!

  13. baugh33 - Jan 7, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    Can I take a moment and recognize Scot for being an outstanding GM! He really went out there in Free Agency and scored some nice players! And then top it off, that draft was outstanding!

    Now, I think KC is a good QB and I hope we win on Sunday but let’s give some credit to Scotty M!

    • goback2rfk - Jan 7, 2016 at 11:11 PM

      Scotty M has been great but not perfect. Some disappointing signs like in Paea, Culliver, etc.
      But overall a nice year for Scott.

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