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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 23): You can't really blame Cousins for his team's breakdown against Carolina. He wasn't really the main problem and should bounce back to being viable against the Giants this week, although their defense is coming on.

Week 12: vs New York Giants

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Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. These two rivals last met in Week Three, when Washington lost 21-32. The team managed 30/49 for 316 yards passing, one TD and two interceptions thrown behind Kirk Cousins in that game, and he has remained at the helm for this club ever since. This week, Cousins comes into the rematch with 'both boots on' now that DeSean Jackson (eight targets for 5/87/1 receiving vs. Carolina last week) is back on the field. Jordan Reed (nine for 6/96/0), Pierre Garcon (12 for 5/64/0) and Jamison Crowder (one for 1/5/0 last week in a disappointing effort) are the other main targets for Cousins (22/30 for 207 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown at the Panthers last week) here in Week 12. The Giants' pass D is ranked 32nd in the NFL averaging 309.9 net yards allowed per game, with just 12 sacks generated all year (tied for dead last in the NFL). They have allowed 19 passing scores (almost two per game over 10 contests) but have generated 14 interceptions (tied for second in the NFL in interceptions). The Giants are second in the NFL with a +12 turnover differential (14 interceptions and eight fumble recoveries vs 10 turnovers of their own). This team is ranked second-most in the NFL over the past four weeks (three games) in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks (32.3 per game), second-most in fantasy points given up to opposing tight ends (15.4), and third-most in fantasy points given up to opposing wide receivers (33.2 on average during that time span). This is a great matchup for the Washington pass offense.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 at NE 58 22 40 217 1 1 0 0 0 0 13.85
10 vs NO 59 20 25 324 4 0 0 0 0 0 32.2
11 at CAR 48 22 30 207 1 1 1 4 0 2 11.75
12 vs NYG PROJ-Dodds * 23 36 * * * 1 * * * *
12 vs NYG PROJ-Tremblay * 24 37 * * * 1 * * * *
12 vs NYG PROJ-Bloom * 22 36 * * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 11 vs CAR (22 / 30 / 207 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins found himself in plenty trouble this Sunday trying to generate offense. He often struggled against pressure and didn't convert on third downs. He had 3 turnovers total as one of them was a brutal interception in which he overthrew Desean Jackson who was wide open. Errant throws and inability to sustain drives via the run game were a great hindrance to Kirk's performance. Kirk's only touchdown pass of the day came in the first quarter on a beautiful deep throw to Desean Jackson.

2015 Week 10 vs NO (20 / 25 / 324 / 4 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins took full advantage of a porous defense and awful tackling. This was quite evident by his perfect passer rating and the fact that 263 of his 324 total yards thrown were yards after the catch. Kirk was in full command of the offense all day as he orchestrated an opening drive touchdown that established a tempo right from the start. He had four touchdowns on the day and none of the throws went over 10 yards. The quick passing game that Washington features was beneficial for this game. It was hard to get a full read on Kirk's performance in this game due to him facing nearly zero adversity. However, he kept the offense on schedule throughout the game and consistently put guys in productive situations. He only had five incompletions for the day but those mainly came on passes traveling down the field. Overall, Kirk led a clean game plan that included no turnovers.

2015 Week 9 vs NE (22 / 40 / 217 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins had a rough day generating any offense against a team that demands your best performance. Washington only had 15 total yards in the first quarter and was down by 14 points before they even ran 2 plays. Kirk only had 217 yards passing and his longest completion came in the 2nd quarter on a play to Pierre Garcon. Kirk didn't get much help as Washington had about 7 or 8 drops that ultimately stalled or altered numerous drives. Kirk's lone touchdown came in garbage time as he found Jordan Reed on a 3 yard pass with 25 remaining in the game. This game wasn't completely on Kirk as they were dominated by time of possession and drops. Therefore, it was even more imperative to maximize opportunities when having the football.

2015 Week 7 vs TB (33 / 40 / 317 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 15 / 1 rush)

Kirk Cousins showed major grit and poise in this game despite his usual inconsistent ways. Normally large deficits can spell doom for Washington and Kirk Cousins, but in this game he made some big plays to help turn this game around. Kirk didn't put any points on the board until late 2nd quarter as there were multiple stalled drives and a fumble that kept the Redskins blank. Finally, late in the 2nd quarter Kirk scored on a read option quarterback keeper from the 5 yard line. Normally a high volume of passes isn't ideal for Kirk but he was forced into such action on the day as he tallied 40 passes. It was even more impressive considering his completion rate was well over 60 percent. Kirk went on to organize drives in which they scored 21 unanswered points. Kirk's highlight of the day was orchestrating a game winning drive with 2:18 to go in the game. Kirk made 11 straight completions to four different players in that span. He clearly had a sense of confidence as he stood tall in the pocket completing passes under duress several times on the last drive. The drive was capped off by finding Jordan Reed in the end zone on a slant much like they executed earlier in the game.

2015 Week 6 vs NYJ (25 / 43 / 196 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins had a lousy day against the Jets even though he started the day 8-8 passing the ball. Kirk was playing against an elite defense that didn't even allow him to throw for over 200 yards. Granted, he was missing two of his top weapons in tight end Jordan Reed and receiver Desean Jackson but he was still abysmal. Kirk's only bright spot for the day was capitalizing off a turnover to march the team down and score off a 2 yard slant pass to Garcon. He also put together a solid drive to get a field goal before the 1st half ended. However, that was the last we'd see of good play from him. Once the Jets stampeded out to 24 straight points in the 2nd half it put Kirk in the most uncomfortable of spots. He had to make plays with his arm and that isn't his strong suit. Kirk was wildly inaccurate going down field and threw two awful interceptions in the 3rd quarter. Kirk threw a total of 43 passes on the day with less than 200 yards so that is a clear indication as to how ineffective he was this game.

2015 Week 5 vs ATL (21 / 32 / 219 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins performed well in this game, but as usual he had some untimely mistakes. He managed the game well with a solid balance of the run game used to set up the pass. One thing that was better this game as opposed to the last few weeks was his ability to sustain drives. On Washington's 3rd possession of the game Cousins put together a 60+ yard drive that was capped off by finding his tight end for a touchdown. Kirk's accuracy was inconsistent all day on the intermediate to deep throws. He tried to find Garcon across the middle late in the 2nd quarter but the pass was slightly behind him as it deflected off his hands for an interception. This is one of the main reasons the coaching staff keeps his passes in the 10 yard range. Getting out of the pocket and making throws on the move were better this week for him as well. Cousins showed some fantastic poise as he made 3 clutch throws with 24 seconds left in the game to force overtime. This was an excellent time for Cousins to snatch a win on the road but an awful interception (where his receiver slipped) ended the ball game. Kirk did well enough to hang in the game but not secure the victory.

2015 Week 4 vs PHI (31 / 46 / 290 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 1 / 1 rush)

Kirk Cousins had his best performance of this season against the Eagles. He had zero turnovers which are always great, but he looked a lot more decisive and confident. It should be noted that he did throw a near interception on the first possession of the game but nonetheless it was dropped. The game plan didn't change much seemingly as most of the pass plays dialed up was safe and short. However, Kirk was much more aggressive down field than usual as the coaching staff may have wanted to test the Eagles suspect secondary. Most of the throws Kirk made came on crossing routes, drag routes, screens, and comebacks. He looked extremely comfortable and confident in execution. Kirk's biggest bright spot of the day was orchestrating a late 4th quarter drive that gave them the lead and ultimately won the game. It started with a couple of good runs, but then Kirk found Garcon 3 times in the drive that were big time throws. The last two were completed in tight coverage including the game winner in which Kirk had to squeeze the ball between two defenders. The day could have been even bigger for him had he converted a potential touchdown to Jamison Crowder that was ruled incomplete because he stepped out of bounds. Kirk did a great job negating the Eagles aggressive tendencies with quick accurate throws all afternoon.

2015 Week 3 vs NYG (30 / 49 / 316 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins performance on the night was filled with inaccurate throws and bad reads. Once the running game started to sputter, their system began to slowly malfunction. It was quite unusual to see the running game sputter compared to how well they established a ground attack in the first two weeks. Kirk as a volume passer is always trouble which is what he was this game throwing 49 passes. Inaccuracy on the run continues to be problematic for Kirk as he was often flushed from the pocket. When he got outside the pocket he often became erratic. One of his worst throws of the night came on a play action pass during the first quarter. The Redskins were backed up on their own 20 yard line and Cousins throws a senseless pick thinking Garcon was open off play action. It looked almost as if he just automatically assumed Garcon would be open instead of observing the field. This was the beginning of the end for Washington offensively as the Giants immediately capitalized. His 2nd pick came in the 3rd quarter as he was flushed from the pocket trying to make a play on the run. He was staring down Andre Roberts but the defender deflected the ball into the air and it was intercepted. Kirk should have just thrown the ball away. He often tried to keep throws safe as he found Chris Thompson out of the backfield most of the night. After falling down to a double digit deficit for the majority of the night it put Kirk in an uncomfortable situation having to win this game with his arm. The Redskins have limited options in the passing game especially with Desean Jackson still sidelines so this was an uphill battle from the start.

2015 Week 2 vs STL (23 / 27 / 203 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins played as well as needed in this game versus a hard-nosed Rams defense. The game script went perfect as it pertains to keeping the ball moving down field with an efficient ground game. Kirk wasn't asked to make too many plays in the passing game by simply dropping back for passes as he made a majority of his throws off play action. The first play of the game was a play action pass for Kirk right down the seam to Jordan Reed which worked precisely as the Rams were intent on stopping the run. Many of Cousins' passes were "safe" throws as well based on the fact that his completions were consistently in the 5-12yards range. The game plan seemed awfully simple for Kirk as he orchestrated a heavy dose of the run, but was also given throws that allowed him to let loose on the first read. He had one pass down field of 35 yards to Ryan Grant that could have possibly been a touchdown had he put more on it. The other long gain in the passing game came in the most critical drive of the game with less than 5 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Kirk found Jordan Reed up the seam for a 29 yard gain that sealed the victory. He threw one touchdown on a back shoulder throw to Pierre Garcon from the 5 yard line that was executed well. However, the fact that he had no turnovers is the best illustration showing that he had a clean game and didn't put the offense in a hole.

2015 Week 1 vs MIA (21 / 31 / 196 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins had a disappointing afternoon considering all he had to do was be a caretaker of the football. The Redskins clearly wanted to establish the run early and keep the pressure off Kirk. It was successfully executed to start the game and lasted majority of the first half. Whenever the Redskins did decide to pass, Cousins had simple reads/throws on hitch routes and crossing routes. The success running the ball early setup Kirk to make easy reads at the intermediate level of the field. The quick and simple reads also allowed Cousins to avoid constant pressure from the Dolphins O-Line. Despite all the early success on offense, Kirk Cousins still found a way to show his inconsistencies. It was quite evident that Cousins doesn't throw well on the run as he missed 3 crucial throws. He overthrew Desean Jackson for a potential touchdown, threw an awful interception intended for Pierre Garcon, and misfired to Ryan Grant for a first down. These particular plays brought much of Washington's good groove to a halt. Cousins organized a 17 play drive in the 2nd quarter that was capped off by a nice throw to Jordan Reed for a touchdown which was one of Kirk's bright spots. They drained the clock in the first half establishing the run game. The 2nd half for Cousins was bogged down with penalties, sacks, and inconsistent play. Kirk couldn't seem to get the Redskins going when they needed him most as he struggles with adversity a tad. As soon as Kirk tried to get aggressive seeing the game was slipping away he threw another interception that pretty much sealed the deal. Washington's offense imploded in the 2nd half which can be attributed to the absence of Desean Jackson to stretch the field. Cousins found 7 different receivers on the day, but ultimately couldn't make the big plays when they needed him most.


Latest News

Redskins | Kirk Cousins readies for G-Men (Thu Nov 26, 12:55 AM) - Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins will meet the New York Giants in Week 12. He will face a Giants pass defense which ranks last in the NFL, allowing 309.9 yards per game with 39 pass plays of 20 or more yards.

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Redskins | Mixed results for Kirk Cousins (Sun Nov 22, 06:36 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins threw for 207 yards on 22 of 30 passing in a 44-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Nov. 22. Cousins was sacked five times in the loss.

Our View: Cousins was more effective than expected early, but fizzled out as the game went on. He'll face a Giants defense that has been coming on since Jason Pierre-Paul returned.
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Redskins | Gruden wants Kirk Cousins signed (Tue Nov 17, 12:51 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins' recent play has fueled discussions for a contract extension, and head coach Jay Gruden wants the team to sign Cousins. Cousins can become a free agent in the offseason, and there is no evidence that contract talks have taken place thus far.

Our View: Assuming his progress continues, Cousins might strike a deal with Washington in the $17 million to $20 million per year range, according to at least one person with NFL front-office experience, given the number of NFL teams seeking a quarterback to build around and the thin pool of prospects.
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Redskins | Kirk Cousins with career day (Sun Nov 15, 08:08 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins completed 20 of his 25 pass attempts for 324 yards and a career-high four touchdowns in a 47-14 win over the New Orleans Saints in Week 10.

Our View: Cousins predictably destroyed the easy matchup with good short passing and poor tackling by the Saints. Next week against the Panthers he'll have the same rude return to reality that Marcus Mariota had this week.
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