Kirk Cousins posted a perfect passer rating in the Redskins’ 47-14 win over the Saints.
He completed 20 of 25 passes for 324 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Plugging those stats into the league’s formula for calculating the passer rating, that came to 158.3. By the way the NFL ranks its o that was perfect, the highest a quarterback can be. Cousins became the first quarter to post a perfect rating with the minimum of 20 pass attempts required by the league to qualify for such records.
The fourth-year quarterback in his first year as a starter started off hot, completing his first 10 passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns. That included going five for five during the Redskins’ opening drive to set up one touchdown and four for four for 46 yards on their second possession.
That also resulted in a touchdown on an 11-yard pass to Jamison Crowder.
“He was obviously very good,” said Jay Gruden after the game. “You have a perfect passer rating, you’re going to be pretty good . . . He delivered the ball with efficiency, with great decision making, and the results were outstanding.”
Cousins was quick to acknowledge that the Washington rushing game, which was productive for the first time in over a month, helped him out a great deal.
“When we execute and everybody does their part, good things happen, and it definitely feeds itself,” said Cousins. “It helps with the play calling with the next play.”
The Redskins ran for 209 yards, their highest total of the season and more than they rushed for in their last four games combined (172).
Cousins’ best pass of the day may have been his second one. On their opening possession they faced third and four back at their own 10. DeSean Jackson, played in his second game back after missing most of the first seven games with a hamstring injury, took off up the left sideline. Cousins dropped a beautiful pass into the receiver’s hands for 42 yards to the Saints 48. The Redskins went in for the touchdown a few plays later.
Cousins thinks that a play like that can have significance beyond just one game. “To be able to throw the ball accurately enough and covert a third down to get us out of being backed up in our own territory and to get DeSean back and get going are steps that we want to take,” he said. “It certainly got us going and gave us a spark. We never looked back and we ran the ball so well from there and executed plays well and next thing we know we finished the game and I was on the sidelines watching.”
The last time Cousins watched Colt McCoy finish a game that he had started while standing on the sidelines was on October 19 of last year. Cousins had been benche at halftime and he was watching McCoy lead the team to a win.
It was quite a different story today, 13 months later.