Kirk Cousins threw four touchdown passes against the Bills Sunday and he ran for another score. After each TD, the chant from the crowd grew louder.
“You like that! You like that! You like that!”
What has become the quarterback’s signature phrase has taken on a life of its own and it peaked today as Cousins was in the process of steering the Redskins to a 35-25 win over the Bills. The Redskins are now 7-7 and in first place in the NFC East pending the result of the Eagles’ game against the Cardinals on Sunday night football. The Redskins have won two in a row and three of their last four. Cousins, has seven touchdowns and one interception in that 3-1 stretch since the Sunday after Thanksgiving.
“I tell you what, the fans are outstanding,” said Jay Gruden. “Coming out here and listening to them chant, I had to turn my headset up a little because I couldn’t hear our play calls . . . As far as a love fest with Kirk, you know Kirk understand that it’s a business at quarterback. You just have to keep the ball rolling and keep playing with consistency.”
One area where Cousins has been consistent over the last two games is during the first couple of times he gets his hands on the ball. In the Redskins first two possessions last week against the Bears they scored two touchdowns to take a 14-0 lead. They did the exact same thing today. In both games those opening possessions gave the Redskins some breathing room when both games tightened up in the later going.
In those four drives, two in each game, Cousins completed 19 of 22 passes (86.3 percent) for 229 yards (10.4 yards per attempt) with one touchdown. That comes to a passer rating of 125.2.
When asked, Cousins deflected credit for the hot starts to offensive coordinator Sean McVay. “I think it’s play calling,” said Cousins. “Sean McVay sits down the night before and spends a long time saying, ‘what are the best first 15-20 plays in the game . . . That’s all coaching and play calling and then it’s our job to execute.”
If the offense continues to execute well next week in Philadelphia the Redskins could end up with the division title to show for it.