Kirk Cousins has been under the gun all week for his two-interception performance against the Jets last week. He responded in style today with one of the best performances of his career.
When the Redskins struggled to move the ball in the first quarter and the Bucs led 17-0, the was starting to hear the boos from some of the restless fans at FedEx Field. In the second quarter he was stripped of the ball while trying to pass. Howard Jones of Tampa Bay scooped up the fumble and rolled 43 yards for a touchdown.
The volume of the boo-birds increased and more fans participated. Although the Redskins did manage to score a touchdown before halftime to cut their deficit to 24-7, it wasn’t looking good and the fans let the team have as they left the field.
Cousins talked during week about tuning out negative feedback by changing the radio station or TV channel. But he couldn’t do that at FedEx Field.
“You certainly don’t want to hear them,” said Cousins. “If they pay for their ticket they can do what they want. I heard cheers in the end and that’s all that matters.”
Indeed they were roaring as Cousins and the Redskins pulled off the biggest comeback in team history as they outscored the Bucs 24-6 in the second half to steal a badly needed 31-30 win.
Cousins completed 33 of 40 passes for 317 yards and three touchdowns. He scored another TD running. The fourth-year player was on fire in the second half, completing 21 passes for 206 yards and all three of his touchdown passes.
In the final drive he was masterful, completing seven straight passes to move from the Washington 20 to the Bucs six. Then after two incompletions he found Jordan Reed for the winning score.
“The last play . . . Jordan won his one-on-one matchup,” said Cousins, “It was a great play call, made it easy on me, and we won.”
Cousins said he can handle the ups and downs by not thinking too much about them.
“I try to stay like this,” said Cousins, moving his hand slowly along an imaginary level plane. “I don’t hit the panic button when things are going bad and I don’t feel like we’ve got it all figured out when we win . . . I try to stay like this even within the game. Just stay like this and see where we are at the end.”
Today at the end they had a historic comeback win. As Cousins suggested, they don’t have it all figured out yet but they will take what they earned today.