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Completing 67 percent of his passes through eight games, Kirk Cousins ranks near the top of the NFL in accuracy and passing yards. On Tuesday we examined what areas of the field Cousins finds his greatest success. On Wednesday, we will look at what types of defensive coverages Cousins does best - and worst - against. Check it out - all data and insight provided by The Edge.
Cover 0: Cousins hasn't seen a lot of straight man to man (10 attempts) but when he does, he struggles. 30 percent of his throws have been bad passes. He's had some bad luck with drops but the when he has had opportunities he has made too many bad throws.
Cover 1 - With 86 attempts this is the most common defense Cousins has seen, and the coverage delivers his lowest completion percentage outside of Cover 0 (which only has 10 attempts). Obviously defensive coordinators see something with this defense that they believe can cause Kirk problems. That said - he's still completed 60 percent of his passes against Cover 1.
Cover 2 - Facing Cover 2 is a strength for Cousins. His 83 percent completion percentage shows he is getting the ball out and giving the offense the opportunity to make a play.
Cover 3 - Cousins has shown good decision making against Cover 3. He's been hurried at the second highest rate while facing this coverage but has made good decisions throwing the ball away four times when a play wasn't there to be made.
Cover 4 - Against deep zones Cousins has been accurate again, completing over 70 percent of his passes.
Man/Zone Combo - He's had success against mixed coverages as well. His completion percentage is again over 70 percent.