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QB Kirk Cousins - Washington Redskins

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

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Week 9: at Minnesota Vikings

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. The big question this week is whether Robert Griffin III will get back in the saddle prior to Washington's Week 10 bye, or if the coaching staff lets Colt McCoy lead the charge at Minnesota this week. With a big 'W' under McCoy's belt on Monday Night Football (and a lost season for Washington at 3-5 in the NFC East at the half-way point), we expect to see McCoy appear again in Minnesota this weekend. He played a solid game in Dallas, posting 25/30 for 299 yards, zero TDs and one interception, with three sacks taken for -13 yards, and 7/16/1 rushing. The top Washington receivers were McCoy's main targets, with seven targets for 6/136/0 receiving for DeSean Jackson, four for 4/47/0 flowing to Pierre Garcon, and seven for 7/40/0 going to Jordan Reed. McCoy got the ball to the Washington playmakers. The Minnesota pass D is ranked fourth in the NFL averaging 212.1 net passing yards allowed per game, with 13 passing TDs given up vs. seven interceptions and 25 sacks generated (13th-ranked (tie) and tied for second in the NFL, respectively). Mike Glennon was sacked five times for -12 yards with one passing TD, one interception thrown. The Bills gave up six sacks of Kyle Orton for -28 yards, but he still posted 31/43 for 255 net yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown vs. the Vikings two games ago. This looks like a tough matchup for McCoy and company, on the road at Minnesota.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
5 vs SEA 21 36 283 2 0 2 4 0 0
6 at ARI 24 38 354 2 3 0 0 0 0
7 vs TEN 10 16 139 0 1 0 0 0 1
9 at MIN PROJ-Dodds 0 0 * * * 0 * * *
9 at MIN PROJ-Tremblay 0 0 * * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs ARI (24 / 38 / 354 / 2 / 3 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

The Kirk Cousins roller coaster continued this week against a hobbled Arizona defense missing key pieces of their front seven. Cousins would have finished the game with a solid line, mostly thanks to his receivers, had it not been for the three fourth quarter interceptions he gave up to seal Washington's fifth loss on the year. Cousins failed to move the offense early in the game, stalling drives early throughout the first quarter before connecting with DeSean Jackson for a 64 yard TD pass early in the second quarter to tie the game up at seven apiece. Prior to that pass, Cousins had taken a 10 yard sack where he showed poor pocket awareness and a complete lack of escapability from a moderate but not overwhelming pass rush. However, on second down and 20 Cousins delivered a perfect strike to Jackson on a short slant over the middle just past the outstretched arms of Patrick Peterson. Jackson turned upfield and sprinted another 55 yards to get into the endzone untouched. Cousins almost had another long TD from a 42 yard Jackson bubble screen in the second quarter where the receiver tripped over his own blocker at the 10 yard line. Cousins then failed to convert in the redzone and Washington had to settle for a FG. Cousins's real problems came in the fourth quarter with Washington trailing by 10 points. The mercurial QB began pressing down the field to rally his offense and gave the ball to the opposing defense three times. The Washington defense kept them in the game, however, forcing punts after the first two interceptions. Cousins was able to finally put together a TD drive in the second half, marching Washington down the field in less than a minute and throwing a TD pass the Pierre Garcon to pull Washington within a FG. Cousins looked good running the no-huddle, completing 4/4 passes on the drive. Cousins was able to get the ball back with less than a minute remaining in the game and an opportunity to tie or win the game thanks to the defense holding Arizona to a three-and-out, but Cousins threw a head scratcher of an interception on first and 10 to a Cardinals defender without a Washington receiver within 20 yards of him that was returned for a pick-6 to essentially end the game.

2014 Week 7 vs TEN (10 / 16 / 139 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

The Kirk Cousins era in Washington appears to have finally come to an end. The protean QB was benched after throwing his ninth interception in five starts this year, giving way to journeyman Colt McCoy. Cousins's day began auspiciously when he completed a pass to his TE Niles Paul for 50 yards on the first dropback of the game. The drive stalled deep in Tennessee territory and Washington only came away with a FG, but Cousins looked in control of the offense. Cousins began to press down the field on Washington's second possession, nearly getting intercepted on a pass that was nowhere near a Redskins WR. On the next play Cousins crumbled under a collapsing pocket and fumbled into the arms of a blitzing linebacker, setting Tennessee up with excellent field position at the 15 yard line. Cousins, unfazed, continued throwing downfield on his next possession, connecting with tiny WR Desean Jackson on a jump ball up the right sideline for 37 yards. Cousins ultimately decided to force Jay Gruden's hand after throwing a terrible pick into the arms of LB Wesley Woodyard, who was sitting in the middle of the field with no one near him. Cousins was mercilessly allowed to finish out the half, ending his tenure as the Washington starting QB (for now) running for his life before getting called for an intentional grounding penalty to end the half.

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Latest News

Redskins | Robert Griffin to be tested Wednesday (Mon Oct 20, 12:39 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) is expected to be put through a rigorous workout Wednesday, Oct. 22, that will give team officials a better idea of where he's at in his recovery. Griffin has already joined practices for stretching, warm-ups, individual drills and limited handoffs with the scout team. Head coach Jay Gruden has said he'd like to have Griffin log at least two weeks of practice before returning to a starting role. QB Colt McCoy appears to have the inside track to start in Week 8 against the Dallas Cowboys if it's between he and QB Kirk Cousins. “It’s a good sign the way Colt finished the game, ran the offense,” Gruden said, alluding to his poise and efficiency in engineering the game-winning touchdown drive on the last possession, which started with 3 minutes and 14 seconds remaining. “Very smart and very efficient. Did some good things.”

Our View: The Cousins time is almost over (if not already) in Washington. Gruden said in his press conference on Monday that Colt McCoy would actually get starter reps this week after replacing Cousins in Week 7. We'll see if Griffin can get back to practice and perform at an acceptable level so he can start on Monday Night Football in Week 8.
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Redskins | QB decision coming this week (Sun Oct 19, 09:02 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins was benched in favor of QB Colt McCoy in Week 7 against the Tennessee Titans. After the game, head coach Jay Gruden said Sunday, Oct. 19, that a decision on the starting quarterback for Week 8 against the Dallas Cowboys will be made during the week. It's uncertain if QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) is an option.

Our View: No matter who starts, the Cowboys defense is looking like a good pickup for a home Monday night game.
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Redskins | Colt McCoy enters game (Sun Oct 19, 03:17 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Colt McCoy entered the team's Week 7 game after QB Kirk Cousins was benched.

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Schedule

9@ Minnesota Vikings
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
12@ San Francisco 49ers
13@ Indianapolis Colts
14vs St. Louis Rams
15@ New York Giants
16vs Philadelphia Eagles
17vs Dallas Cowboys