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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 Sep 26): Cousins responded to questions about his ability to finish drives with a bomb to Desean Jackson and he was also helped by a catch and run score by Jamison Crowder. Washington still had to settle for five field goals, but Cousins consistently moved the offense and the porous Cleveland defense is up next. He's restoring faith in his status as a strong matchup play.

Week 4: vs Cleveland Browns

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Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Kirk Cousins got the team off the launch pad this past weekend, notching a critical 'W' in the NFC East - Cousins threw 21/35 for 296 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions while taking two sacks for -14 yards. He found DeSean Jackson (five targets for 5/96/1 receiving) and Jamison Crowder (seven for 4/78/1) for the TDs, while also including Pierre Garcon (seven for 5/59/0) and Jordan Reed (seven for 4/56/0) in the winning effort. Cousins has the passing attack going in the right direction entering Week Four. The Browns' pass defense surrendered over 300 yards to Ryan Tannehill and company last Sunday (25/39 for 311 net yards passing, three TDs and two interceptions thrown, with one sack taken for -8 yards). To date, Cleveland averages 294.3 net passing yards allowed per game (24th in the NFL), with seven passing scores given out vs. four interceptions and three sacks generated so far. Over the first three weeks of the season, Cleveland has averaged 23.1 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (eighth-most in the NFL); and 31.8 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (third-most in the league); with 8.1 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (14th-most in the NFL) Cousins and company have a great matchup here - we'll see if he can string together two solid efforts.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
1 vs PIT 58 30 43 329 0 2 1 8 0 0 15.25
2 vs DAL 67 28 46 364 1 1 2 20 0 0 23.2
3 at NYG 71 21 35 296 2 0 3 -5 0 0 21.3
4 vs CLE PROJ-Dodds * 23 37 * * * 2 * * * *
4 vs CLE PROJ-Tremblay * 21 35 * * * 3 * * * *
4 vs CLE PROJ-Bloom * 24 33 * * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 3 vs NYG (21 / 35 / 296 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / -5 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins had another slow start which has been part of the issue with the Washington offense so far this year. Kirk's first three drives resulted in field goals and stopped Washington from gaining any real momentum on the road. Then as they were looking at a 21-9 deficit it was once again on Kirk to dig the team out of a hole. The offense finally got on track as Kirk connected with DeSean Jackson for a forty-four yard touchdown towards the end of the first half. DeSean ran what seemed to be a "nine/go route" and Kirk put the pass right on target in the end zone in front of two defenders. This was vital to Kirk's confidence as well as the entire offense going into halftime. He has struggled with accuracy so far this season and has several misfired deep shots to DeSean so that play was much needed. On Washington's first possession of the second half Kirk threw a bubble screen to Jamison Crowder and he did the rest of the work on his way to a fifty-five yard touchdown. These were Kirk's only two touchdowns of the day but his clean play allowed Washington to stay on track. Kirk's zero turnover day was a huge plus and proved to be a huge factor in their comeback. He still has to get more efficient in the red zone with reads and accuracy but today was a good start towards building some positive momentum.

2016 Week 2 vs DAL (28 / 46 / 364 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 20 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins had a classic tale of two halves. Kirk often missed on throws that either stalled drives or left opportunities to score on the field. He has been known for being an accurate quarterback but his play so far has been erratic and streaky. Kirk's most notable mishaps that could have potentially turned the tide of the game are his touchdown misses to Desean Jackson and Jamison Crowder. Kirk had DeSean deep up the right sideline but overthrew him and missed Jamison Crowder on what appeared to be a post corner route. These two plays would have sent them into the half with fourteen points instead of six. However, in the second half he found somewhat of a rhythm as he put together of seventy-five yard scoring drive to open the third quarter. Kirk found Jamison Crowder in the red zone as he took advantage of the slot corner going up the seam. The pass had perfect touch which demonstrates Kirk's terrific accuracy that leaves him at bad times. It was great to see him capitalize in the red zone for once because he has struggled mightily there so far this season. It should be noted that Kirk threw another red zone interception as he misread the coverage trying to find Pierre Garcon in the end zone and ultimately ended another potential scoring drive. Washington had one last chance to redeem the day as they got the ball back with a little over one minute left. Kirk made a few good throws to put them within striking distance for one last Hail Mary heave but it was thrown out of the back of the end zone and the game was over. Kirk leads a pass heavy attack but his inaccuracies and seemingly confused reads in the red zone have been problematic for the entire offense.

2016 Week 1 vs PIT (30 / 43 / 329 / 0 / 2 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins day had some highlights and its fair share of lowlights. Kirk did a very good job of finding receivers all game, but came up short finding touchdowns. He started the game a little cold as he often missed receivers by being off target. Their first possession was a three and out mainly due to the fact that the offense had poor execution. Cousins continued this trend while managing to get two field goals out of reaching the red zone. Kirk only completed passes to two receivers in the first half with a few to Jordan Reed as well. The Steelers forced Cousins to be patient as they played plenty zone to avoid the big plays. This plan hindered his ability to get Jordan Reed going as his biggest weapon. As the game started to get out of reach and forced Kirk to be more aggressive the offense slowly started to unravel. He had two interceptions as the first one was a blatant misread down the middle. The 2nd interceptions came as a result of a tipped pass. Overall Kirk managed the game well making high percentage passes but inconsistent execution stalled the offense most of the night. Kirk threw 43 passes which is usually the danger zone for him being at his best. His favorite target turned out to be DeSean Jackson for this game as the Steelers completely took Jordan Reed away. The biggest potential play of the game for Kirk was wiped out by a pass interference call going deep to DeSean Jackson.

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Latest News

Redskins | Kirk Cousins posts solid numbers (Mon Sep 26, 07:05 AM) - Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins threw for 296 yards and two touchdowns Sunday, Sept. 25, in a 29-27 win over the New York Giants.

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Redskins | Jay Gruden standing behind Kirk Cousins (Tue Sep 20, 12:46 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins still has the 'total faith' of head coach Jay Gruden despite a rough beginning to the season. Cousins ranks third in the league in passing yards (693), but he has only one touchdown versus three interceptions, contributing to Washington's 0-2 start.

Our View: Cousins certainly isn't enjoying the success he had last year in his breakout season. It's still early, and there's plenty of time to turn things around. Cousins needs to be better in the red zone. In two games, Cousins is 5-for-17 for 34 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in the red zone. Last season, he was 50-for-78 for 345 yards, 22 touchdowns and no interceptions in the red zone.
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Redskins | Kirk Cousins bad in red zone (Mon Sep 19, 10:49 AM) - Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins is 5-for-17 for 34 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in the red zone. Last season, he was 50-for-78 for 345 yards, 22 touchdowns and no interceptions in the red zone.

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Redskins | Teammates unhappy with Kirk Cousins? (Mon Sep 19, 01:48 AM) - Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins completed 28 of his 46 pass attempts for 364 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the Week 2 game against the Dallas Cowboys. He also ran twice for 20 yards. After a pair of losses at home, a source with knowledge of the situation said multiple offensive players have begun to complain about Cousins, pointing to a lack of decisiveness, erratic play and confusion.

Our View: They don't like that! There is frustration mounting within the Washington locker room, but winning cures everything. Last year's Cinderella story needs to play better -- win -- to get back into the good graces of his teammates.
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Schedule

4vs Cleveland Browns
5@ Baltimore Ravens
6vs Philadelphia Eagles
7@ Detroit Lions
8@ Cincinnati Bengals
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10vs Minnesota Vikings
11vs Green Bay Packers
12@ Dallas Cowboys
13@ Arizona Cardinals
14@ Philadelphia Eagles
15vs Carolina Panthers
16@ Chicago Bears
17vs New York Giants