The first two weeks of the season, Kirk Cousins delivered uneven performances. In Week 3, Cousins played a near perfect game, and the numbers provide plenty of support. The Redskins dominated the Raiders in a 27-10 win on Sunday night, and Cousins' 365 passing yards with 3 TDs on 25 of 30 passes were a huge part.
The stat breakdown, numbers taken from Pro Football Focus:
- In Weeks 1 and 2, Cousins' completion percentage dropped about 20 points when the QB faced pressure. In Week 3, Cousins delivered under pressure. On six plays under pressure, Cousins completed all but one of his passes.
- Against the blitz, Cousins completed 8 of 9 passes and threw for two touchdowns. Clearly, Cousins was seeing defenders on the move and identifying pressure points in his pre-snap reads against the Raiders.
- As usual, Cousins found great success throwing to his left, completing 5 of 6 passes. But he was efficient everywhere. Only two throws over the middle and two throws to the right side fell incomplete.
- For the first time this season, Cousins connected on a deep throw. He found Josh Doctson for a 50+ yard touchdown grab. Speaking with 106.7 the Fan on Monday, Cousins admitted he doesn't like to throw the type of "jump ball" that went to Doctson, but the 2016 first rounder rewarded him for his trust.
Cousins on @1067theFan about Doctson - that's not a ball I like to throw but he made it right. That's why he was a 1st round pick— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) September 25, 2017
Cousins played his best game against the Raiders since a Sunday night game last season against Green Bay. Maybe the Redskins QB likes these Sunday night affairs.
Want more Redskins? Click here to follow JP on Facebook and check out @JPFinlayCSN for live updates via Twitter! Click here for the #RedskinsTalk on Apple Podcasts, here for Google Play or press play below. Don't forget to subscribe!