Kirk Cousins won’t pile up many style points for his performance in the Redskins’ 26-20 win over the Vikings.
After passing for a combined 769 yards in his last two games he went for a pedestrian 262 yards today. The team’s red zone struggles continued and they didn’t score a touchdown after their first two possessions of the game.
But they won and that created a primal type of reaction by Cousins as he made his way to the locker room after it was over.
That wasn’t the only time he was emotional. During the second quarter he ran way down the field after the officials failed to throw a pass interference flag on a third-down pass to Ryan Grant.
“It was a big play in the game,” said Cousins. “I want to win and penalties—and not calling penalties—have a huge impact on the outcome on the outcome of the football game. I thought we had a chance at one there that would have kept us on the field . . . I just wanted to voice my opinion and that’s it.”
It was a rare on-field display of emotion for Cousins.
“We hear it on the sidelines from time to time, he just doesn’t show his emotion, that’s a rare occurrence,” said Jay Gruden. “But I love the way he played and competed. He did a great job.”
Cousins did indeed do a great job in the Redskins first two possessions. He completed nine of 11 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns. The TD’s came on a four-yard third-down pass that Jamison Crowder just scooped off of the turf less than a foot past the goal line, and on a nice 38-yard pass to Vernon Davis.
But for the rest of the first half he had no completions in four attempts as the Vikings reeled off 20 unanswered points. And although they didn’t get into the end zone in four second-half possessions they did manage to move the ball and set up four Dustin Hopkins field goals. Cousins was an efficient 13 of 18 for 137 yards.
Yes, it would have been better if one or two of those field goals had been touchdowns. But that’s not what’s mean to be for the 2016 Redskins, at least not so far.
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