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QB Kirk Cousins - Washington Redskins

6-3, 214Born: 8-19-1988College: Michigan StateDrafted: Round 4

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): Cousins will have to adjust to the loss of yet another weapon this week after Chris Thompson broke a bone in his leg. He has been able to provide steady fantasy contributors through changing circumstances and is still a QB1 against the Giants revived defense on Thanksgiving this week.

Week 12: vs New York Giants

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FBG says: Great matchup. The Redskins passing attack looks completely different than it did to open the season, but from a productivity standpoint, it has not taken a big hit. Josh Doctson is emerging into the role that was expected to go to Terrelle Pryor, Jamison Crowder has been more reliable out of the slot than he was early in the season and Vernon Davis is a player who leads this team in receiving yards even though he had just one catch after the first two weeks. The Giants pass defense stepped up in a big way in a test going up against the Giants last week as they held Alex Smith to just 230 yards passing and forced three interceptions. This was a defense that was basically called out as having quit on their team heading into last week, but Janoris Jenkins Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nate Cockrell who filled in for Eli Apple who was a healthy scratch all stepped up this past week. On the season, the Giants have still allowed the second most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks so while the performance was nice last week, it is still hard to overlook what this team has been most of the year which is a secondary with a lot of high paid talent, but absolutely no production.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs DAL 59 26 39 263 1 1 1 0 0 1 14.15
9 at SEA 63 21 31 247 0 0 3 4 0 1 10.75
10 vs MIN 75 26 45 327 1 1 4 5 2 0 31.85
11 at NO 69 22 32 322 3 0 3 11 0 0 28.2
12 vs NYG PROJ-Dodds * 22 34 * * * 3 * * * *
12 vs NYG PROJ-Tremblay * 20 32 * * * 4 * * * *
12 vs NYG PROJ-Bloom * 22 33 * * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs NO (22 / 32 / 322 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 11 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins had one of his best games of the season down in New Orleans. Throwing under pressure has been a massive issue the past few weeks for Kirk, but he constantly made plays under duress. He found eight different receivers in this game as he spread it around and made correct reads. The run game was effective today as well which helped keep the passing game balanced. Kirk had thirty-two attempts in this game and he actually completed a few deep throws. The offense came out and got going quickly as Kirk played aggressive making decisive throws down field. He got Washington on the board with a sixteen yard pass to Chris Thompson on a great throw finding him on a wheel route. His second touchdown came against an all-out blitz when he found a wide open Ryan Grant up the sideline. The third down efficiency was still lackluster and ultimately came back to haunt them as they squandered a double digit lead in the last four minutes. Penalties were part of the issue as well, but Washington could not put this game away as the offense went stagnant. Kirk threw three touchdowns and got help from his supporting cast but this game was lost on both sides of the ball as the clock wound down. If Kirk can keep making plays under pressure like he did against New Orleans they will be in good position to win more of these type games.

2017 Week 10 vs MIN (26 / 45 / 327 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 5 / 2 rush)

Kirk Cousins had a seemingly big day statistically, but in reality, he didn't play as well. Kirk was constantly inaccurate in a pass heavy game. He attempted forty-five passes barely completed over half of them. However, he threw a thirty-six yard dime on the opening drive that was caught for a one-handed touchdown. Kirk also accounted for two rushing scores in the red zone which is rare. Washington was down double digits but the defense gave Kirk great field position to capitalize and make a comeback. Pressure was a factor for Kirk in this game but some of the throws he had were simply off. As the franchise quarterback, it is a must that he plays better in order for Washington's offense to put up points. The inability to sustain drives on 3rd downs is also a huge factor in the offense stalling for Kirk. When the run game is sputtering he will need to make more plays and hasn't shown the ability to carry the offense when needed. Kirk only had one turnover despite the high volume of passing in today's game. The turnover was on a brutal misread in which he seemed to predetermine where he wanted to throw the ball. It should also be noted that Josh Doctson dropped a potential touchdown where Kirk placed the ball out for him to make a play.

2017 Week 9 vs SEA (21 / 31 / 247 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 4 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins got off to a cold start in this game and didn't warm up much as it unfolded. The first five possessions were a mix of punts and a turnover before putting together a productive drive. The first touchdown came on a thirteen play drive in which ended on a one yard run to cap it off. Kirk was under extreme pressure all throughout this game. The run game was nonexistent so that forced Kirk into bad situations for him to try making plays through the air. He caught a break against a defense missing Earl Thomas, Sheldon Richardson, and Cliff Avril. However, he couldn't consistently take advantage due to the injuries along the offensive line. Kirk was able to salvage the rough day by orchestrating a last-minute drive to get the win. He made two clutch throws including one to a newcomer in the passing game Brian Quick. The drive only took three plays to get a touchdown. The second throw was a precise pass under pressure along the sideline for a thirty-eight yard gain down to the one yard line. Kirk was under a ton of pressure and both throws came on a three step drop before tossing it up for grabs. Kirk didn't throw any touchdowns for this game but a gutsy last-minute effort made up for it.

2017 Week 8 vs DAL (26 / 39 / 263 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins could have performed better, but it is worth mentioning his circumstances were awful. He was down two starting offensive linemen and couldn't get the run game going. Therefore, he was forced to go pass heavy in a rain storm. He accounted for three turnovers as two of them were fumbles. In adverse weather conditions, it is even more imperative to focus on ball security and Kirk struggled with that in this game. Kirk managed to throw one touchdown in this game and had another potential touchdown dropped. He attempted thirty-nine passes but the protection got worse was the game wore on. Kirk showed fight in this game but he had an uphill climb with the conditions and being so pass heavy. This is never the recipe for success with Kirk and this game illustrated that. Being in predictable passing situations all day left him vulnerable and Dallas was able to take advantage.

2017 Week 7 vs PHI (30 / 40 / 303 / 3 / 1 pass, 3 / 18 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins didn't play a bad game but he needed to be better versus Philadelphia. Kirk got off to somewhat of a fast start in this game as he marched down field with a few chunk plays. However, he couldn't capitalize in the red zone and had to settle for a field goal. As the night unfolded it became apparent that he was going to need seven points each trip he made it to the red zone. Without much help from the defense Kirk was forced to be more aggressive than he is comfortable handling. The Eagles also stifled the Redskins run game which put even more of the game in Kirk's hand. Kirk was able to make plays in the passing game but attempting forty passes isn't ideal to have Kirk playing at his best. The game started to tilt out of hand for Washington in the third quarter so Kirk spent most of the night playing catch up. He threw one interception as the pocket collapsed and a defensive lineman got a hand on the ball. The turnover wasn't really his fault although it tallies as a turnover for him. Kirk didn't have much trouble making plays against the Eagles secondary but going pass heavy isn't the recipe for his success.

2017 Week 6 vs SF (25 / 37 / 330 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 26 / 1 rush)

Kirk Cousins had an efficient day running the offense against the 49ers. The game plan remains the same in terms of keeping things conservative and low risk for Kirk. He had his first turnover in 3 weeks as he tried to get aggressive on a throw down field. It turned out to be a bad read and an overthrow into double coverage. Kirk got out to a quick start for the third consecutive week as he found Josh Doctson early for a red zone touchdown. It was basically a layup as Kirk hit Josh on a quick slant from eleven yards out as the cornerback got caught flat footed in coverage. Most of Kirk's completions were short passes as Washington took full advantage of the 49ers linebackers' inability to cover. Kirk found Samaje Perine for a swing pass touchdown in the second quarter. Perine not known for his receiving ability with Washington managed to beat the linebackers in the flat to find the end zone from ten yards out. Kirk's fourth quarter touchdown that essentially ended up being the game winner came on an excellent read option decision. He used his legs to score a late fourth quarter touchdown for almost fifteen yards. Aside from the turnover it was an overall successful day for Kirk running the offense. The third down completion to Ryan Grant late in the fourth quarter to maintain possession of the football was his biggest play of the game.

2017 Week 4 vs KC (14 / 24 / 220 / 2 / 0 pass, 7 / 38 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins got off to another fast start on Monday night and looked sharp. He capped off an opening drive with a forty-four yard strike to Terrelle Pryor for a touchdown. In the first half he had complete command of the offense. He often made the correct reads and got the ball out of his hands quickly. He has looked much better in the red zone as of late and even threw a touchdown when getting there. Kirk threw a three yard slant in the third quarter to Ryan Grant, which was his second touchdown of the game. In the second half Washington rarely had the ball and got dominated in the time of possession game. Kirk also wasn't great on third down in the second half and that further put them in the hole for time of possession. Kirk only had fourteen passing attempts and it spoke to the conservative approach and lack of opportunities. He almost led Washington to the win with a late game drive that should have ended with a touchdown but Josh Doctson couldn't complete the catch. Kirk put the ball perfectly up top for Josh to high point it but ultimately went incomplete. Kirk also led the team in rushing largely due to his late game drive to keep plays alive.

2017 Week 3 vs OAK (25 / 30 / 365 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins night started off great as he put together a rare opening drive touchdown. It is clear they wanted to reel Kirk in from being so pass heavy. The short passing game got him in a rhythm that carried over all night. He didn't commit a turnover which also kept him on schedule with the game flow as well. Kirk was highly efficient and only had five passes not on target. The high yardage total was somewhat misleading as over two hundred of his passing yards were accumulated after the catch. The highlight of the night for Kirk was a fifty-two yard touchdown pass down the sideline to Josh Doctson. The pass wasn't placed well but Josh Doctson made a terrific adjustment on the ball to snag it from the defender. The game plan seems to emphasize more balance with the run and pass so that kirk isn't pressed to make every play. He was in a groove today that allowed him to operate at a high level.

2017 Week 2 vs LAR (18 / 27 / 179 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 7 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins played as the ultimate game manager against the Rams today. Whether it was by design or noticing how effective the run game worked, Washington took the ball out of Kirk's hands. The Rams pass rush could have been problematic for Kirk but Washington's run game kept him out of harm's way. Kirk had twenty-seven pass attempts but his main goal today was to be efficient on third downs. Washington was inconsistent with executing on third downs but Kirk made just enough plays to hold on. He didn't have any turnovers against the Rams which helped maintain a lead as well. Kirk could have had a bigger day if he could convert in the red zone, but once again his inaccuracies stalled the drive. An overthrow to Chris Thompson sailed out of bounds and resulted in a field goal attempt. Kirk's lone touchdown came on an eleven yard strike to Ryan Grant that sealed the win. A turnover free game and a run heavy scheme helped Kirk succeed today.

2017 Week 1 vs PHI (23 / 40 / 240 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 30 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins had a difficult time finding his rhythm today due to constant pressure. He got off to a slow start as he misfired on several occasions trying to connect with his receivers downfield. He had a couple of near interceptions in the first half as well resulting from bad reads. Kirk only accounted for one offensive touchdown on the day as he connected with Chris Thompson in the 2nd quarter. Cousins accounted for three turnovers as he had two fumbles and an interception. One of his fumbles went for a defensive touchdown. He was harassed all afternoon and could not sustain enough drives to get the offense out of its funk. Kirk had forty pass attempts but barely completed over half of them. Without solid protection, he does not feel comfortable making plays downfield. The Eagles often made him skittish in the pocket and indecisive with his reads. The receivers had a few drops that didn't help his case, but Kirk's inability to make plays under duress was on full display against Philly. Kirk had an opportunity to seize control of the game with a seven-play drive in the third quarter. As it looked like they may have established some continuity, he throws an errant pass over the head of Jamison Crowder. The pass was intercepted in the end zone and that was an illustration of how most of the day went for Washington's Kirk Cousins led offense.


Latest News

Redskins | Kirk Cousins sacked six times (Thu Nov 23, 11:46 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins completed 19 of his 31 passes for 242 yards, two touchdowns and an interception and was sacked six times in a 20-10 win over the New York Giants Thursday, Nov. 23.

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Redskins | Three scores for Kirk Cousins (Sun Nov 19, 09:27 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins completed 22 of his 32 passes for 322 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-31 loss to the New Orleans Saints in Week 11.

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Redskins | Kirk Cousins runs for two TDs (Sun Nov 12, 09:11 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins completed 26 of his 45 pass attempts for 327 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the Week 10 game against the Minnesota Vikings. He also ran for a pair of touchdowns.

Our View: Cousins far exceeded expectations this week, especially against what is normally a stout Vikings group. With his line back together and his receivers are getting healthier, so we could be seeing an uptick for the Washington quarterback.
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Seahawks | Jarran Reed fined (Sat Nov 11, 10:39 AM) - Seattle Seahawks DT Jarran Reed was fined $18,231 by the National Football League for roughing Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins during Week 9's game.

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