Through two games Kirk Cousins is averaging fairly pedestrian stats: about 200 yards per contest with one touchdown and one interception. The stat line doesn't tell the full story, however, as the Redskins have deployed a run-heavy strategy and Washington is without top deep threat WR DeSean Jackson.
Cousins has played well, put the 'Skins in position for two wins, and the team sits at 1-1 heading to New York for its first divisional game on Thursday night. The Giants, meanwhile, despite offensive weapons like Eli Manning and Odell Beckham, are 0-2 and desperate for their first victory.
It's worth noting both of the Giants games arguably should have been wins, as the team coughed up leads late to the Cowboys and the Falcons. One area of weakness for the Giants is their defensive backfield, and looking to project Cousins stats for Thursday night, let's dig in.
Against Dallas, New York allowed Tony Romo to pass for more than 350 yards and three TDs. Romo did also throw 2 INTs. Week 2 against Atlanta, New York allowed QB Matt Ryan to throw for nearly 350 yards and a TD.
Projecting lofty yardage totals like that for Cousins on Thursday night seems unrealistic, as the Redskins with Alfred Morris and Matt Jones seem committed to the run game. But considering just how much the Giants give up through the air, is it safe to assume an increase from his normal 200 yard game?
CSN set totals for an over/under segment with The Junkies based on Cousins passing totals: 220 yards, 1.5 TDs and 1 INT. Watch the full video above, highlights here:
Lurch: I'm going under 220. If you would have set it at 200, I'd go over. He's going like 217.
Cakes: Look at what my thumbs are doing - going up.
EB: I'm looking for a big game. This guy is capable. (Ed. Note: shocker)
JP: I'm going under, we've seen the identity of this Redskins team.
The Junkies have weighed in, and you should too. Post your prediction for Cousins' passing totals Thursday night against the Giants.
Guess here: Over 220 yards, over 1.5 TDs and a push on 1 INT. Let us know what you think in the comments.