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Need to Know: Kirk Cousins’ five best games

Jun 1, 2016, 5:14 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, June 1, 57 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.


—The Redskins last played a game 143 days ago. It will be 103 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Redskins training camp starts 57; Preseason opener @ Falcons 72; Final roster cut to 53, 94

I’m enjoying a vacation week in the Outer Banks. While I’m gone I’m presenting a few of the most popular posts from earlier this offseason (Note: A few details may not be updated) as well as some posts looking back at some of the team’s best performances. Thanks for reading, see you again on Monday, June 6.

Kirk Cousins’ five best career games (by passer rating, minimum 20 attempts)

158.3 vs. Saints, 11.15.15: 20 comp./25 att/324 yards/4 TD/0 INT—The Redskins piled up stats that contributed to the Saints’ dubious distinction of being one of the worst pass defenses of all time. One of Cousins’ shortest throws led to the biggest gain of the day. He flipped a screen pass to Matt Jones, who rolled 78 yards for a touchdown.

153.7 vs. Bills, 12.20.15: 16/27/235/2/0—The Redskins took a 28-7 lead midway through the third quarter on Cousins’ 77-yard touchdown bomb to DeSean Jackson. The Bills rallied but Cousins put it away with a five-yard TD pass to Pierre Garçon early in the fourth.

128.1 vs. Bucs, 10.25.15: 33/40/317/3/0—You may remember this game for the rally from the 24-0 deficit, the biggest comeback in team history, and Cousins declaring “You like that!” on the way to the locker room. It almost makes you forget the 11-play, 80-yard touchdown drive for the winning score, a touchdown pass from Cousins to Jordan Reed with 24 seconds left.

120.3 @ Eagles, 12.26.15: 31/46/365/4/0—Reed caught Cousins touchdown passes of 12 and 23 yards in the first half to the Redskins into the lead. Cousins to Garçon for 13 yards and a TD clinched the game and the NFC East title for the Redskins.

114.4 vs. Giants, 11.29.15: 20/29/302/1/0—After failing to take advantage of two early takeaways in Giants territory, the Redskins struck quickly with a 63-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to Jackson. They rolled to a 20-0 lead in the fourth quarter but had to hold off a late Giants rally.

  1. redskins12thman - Jun 1, 2016 at 5:32 AM

    The comeback win against the Buccaneers was a special game; Cousins / the team’s “coming out” game if you will. I thought it was unlikely the Redskins were going to win that game when they were losing 24-0. Congratulations to everyone for sticking together and pulling out a victory.

    • sidepull - Jun 1, 2016 at 6:26 AM

      The coach at the as te season commenced promised to name Cuz the a starting QB for the whole season and keep him in there no matter how the QB was playing. He kept his word. It was a defining moment here in D.C. No more musical chairs at QB which clearly had not worked. Cuz was heading into uncharted waters and they had to get a look at him for a whole season to see what they really had. In a way they are still looking for growth. Great move by the coach, great response by the team. Cuz and the team really made a game of it and darn if they didn’t win. You like that right?

    • dafoota - Jun 1, 2016 at 12:17 PM

      “Congrats to everyone sticking with it” I immediately feel shame. I turned it off! I know I know. SMH

  2. colorofmyskinz - Jun 1, 2016 at 6:28 AM

    Yes the Buccs game was special! There has to be an NFL Turning Point film on that game. That was the turning point of the season and Kirks career. He went from $675,000 per year to the $20M man in that game.

    We have some very special games ahead of us to come. With our additional pass catchers Davis, Docson, Paul, and Marshall… We are going to blow the top off defenses!

    Imagine this – Docson, Garson, Reed, Crowder, Paul/Davis/Thompson on the field at the same time in the redzone.

    Unstoppable! HTTR!!

  3. Skulb - Jun 1, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    I still think the Bills game was the one that impressed me the most. The Saints had already demonstrated that their defense was useless long before we played them, while the Bills were sniffing playoffs in December. To hammer them down like that was a serious statement, even though most pundits took the opportunity to laugh at the Bills for losing to us instead. Anything to avoid admitting how little attention they had been paying before the season I suppose.

    • bangkokben - Jun 1, 2016 at 11:08 AM

      But now the perception of the Redskins, its coach, and Cousins have all been changed.

      • Skulb - Jun 1, 2016 at 4:11 PM

        Not quite yet I think. They need another winning season and probably a playoff win to be taken seriously outside the fan base and the organization.
        You’d think that if anyone should be able to recognize rotten Redskins editions it would be us. But apparently we’re secretly Dallas fans and just as delusional as they are here.
        They’ll figure it out though. I have to say that when Scot was hired hired I wasn’t expecting much success for the first three years. But man is he moving things along in the right direction.
        Still, let’s get a win in the opener and at least nine wins in 16 before we mount this particular high horse. We’ve been disappointed before, several times…

        • bangkokben - Jun 1, 2016 at 7:13 PM

          No. We’re not considered a serious threat but the perception has changed from a dysfunctional organization that couldn’t support a talented coach and quarterback to an organization that is moving in the right direction. All of that is due to McCloughan. Now signing Norman to a boatload of money is seen as a shrewd move as opposed to an inevitable failure. Same with the franchising of Cousins, the signing of Reed, both drafts, etc. Nothing but positive hrumpfs from the national talking heads. Nothing flashy — just acknowledging that Washington is now functioning like an NFL franchise as opposed to some rich guy’s hobby.

        • Skulb - Jun 2, 2016 at 2:17 AM

          I could swear I saw the Redskins and the word dysfunctional in the same sentence not two weeks ago. But maybe that was just some slow fan and you’re right. I tend to find comic relief in people who are cocksure being proved wrong, so maybe I’m projecting what I hope is there, just so I can have my giggles later.

        • bangkokben - Jun 2, 2016 at 6:35 PM

          The point spreads for ALL of the Redskins games came out and the Redskins are only favorites in TWO of the sixteen games. (By 3 points in the home games against the Eagles and by 7.5 points in the home game against the Browns.) Also pick ’ems in the home game against Dallas and the game at Chicago. Biggest dog is the away game against Arizona — 6.5 points. So the Vegas perception which is based on the public perception is still tepid.

  4. John - Jun 1, 2016 at 11:43 AM

    I gotta say while the games against Tampa and Buffalo were good, the one that stands out for me was the first Philly game here at RFK. Coming behind with the 15 play drive with only a few minutes with a couple, clutch, 3rd down completions and the game winning TD pass to Garcon and only 24 seconds left on the clock to close out the Eagles. Thats when they realized that they could count on Cousins to come through in the clutch.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Jun 1, 2016 at 9:48 PM

      Also, beating the Iggles is always great.


  5. goback2rfk - Jun 1, 2016 at 6:33 PM

    Offense looks pretty good as long as Kirk Cousins comes to play ball and not Rex Cousins. Would imagine the offense is in the top10 in passing offense and top 15 in rushing offense.
    The defense is the weak side of the ball with this squad. The defensive line is definitely suspect. I think the defense lets us down some this year. Archives

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