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Vikings' Kirk Cousins is 'excited' to see if Saints' Drew Brees will break all-time passing record vs. Redskins

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Vikings' Kirk Cousins is 'excited' to see if Saints' Drew Brees will break all-time passing record vs. Redskins

Kirk Cousins is having a standout start to the NFL season with the Minnesota Vikings, but he's going to keep an eye on the Washington Redskins-New Orleans Saints game on Monday Night Football. 

Cousins -- who spent the first six years of his career with the Redskins before signing a blockbuster deal with the Vikings this offseason -- tweeted that he's eager to see if Saints quarterback Drew Brees will break the record for career passing yards against his former team. Brees needs just 201 yards to break the record, which is currently held by Peyton Manning at 71,940 yards. 

The fewest passing yards Brees has finished with so far this season was 217 just last week against the New York Giants, and in his seven previous games against the Redskins, he's averaged 284 yards per game. It seems likely he'll break Manning's record Monday at the Superdome, and Cousins -- whose Vikings topped the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, 23-21 -- is "excited to watch" Brees rack up the yards.

About three hours before the Redskins-Saints kickoff, Cousins tweeted:

If Brees breaks the record, it won't be his first of 2018. He already broke Brett Favre's all-time completion record earlier this season. 

For the last two seasons, the Redskins used their franchise-player tag with Cousins, and they never agreed on a long-term deal. After Washington brought in Alex Smith from the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this year, Cousins signed with the Vikings and became what was then the league's highest-paid player with a three-year contract for about $84 million.

Cousins has always admired Brees and his accomplishments and previously called him one of the best quarterbacks of all time.

The Minnesota quarterback -- who's currently fifth in the league with a 71.2 completion percentage and second in total passing yards this season at 1,688, behind Los Angeles Rams' Jared Goff -- said in 2015 of his idol to NBC Sports Washington:

"I think there’s a few guys at the top of the league who have just done it at a high, high level for a long, long time. Those guys are the ones you have the utmost respect for and you try to study them and learn from them and ask questions about people who have been around them and say, ‘How do they do things? What makes them successful?’ He’s certainly one of those guys.”

The Redskins and Saints kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET on Monday.

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Burning questions: Who will break out for the Washington Football Team in 2020?

Burning questions: Who will break out for the Washington Football Team in 2020?

As training camp continues to pick up, JP Finlay and Pete Hailey will come up with, and then respond to, some burning questions facing the 2020 Washington Football Team.

To start, they each answer the following: Who will be a breakout player in Burgundy and Gold?

JP's choice: Daron Payne

I’m not sure a former first-round pick counts as a breakout player but I think Daron Payne is poised to have a monster season. He has wild strength in his hands at the point of attack, to the point I remember one AFC scout telling me he was the strongest player in the 2018 draft.

Payne has played well, but not great, through two years in the NFL. In those two seasons, he has seven sacks and nine tackles for loss. Honestly. I think he should get to those totals in this year alone.

Ron Rivera and Jack Del Rio pride themselves on preaching an aggressive philosophy, particularly up front. The plan is to defend the run on their way to the quarterback. 

There is nobody on this roster that shapes up better for that approach than Daron Payne. Add in the presence of Chase Young, Ryan Kerrigan and Montez Sweat (and the attention those guys will attract) and you'll realize why you should prepare yourself for a big, big year from D-Payne. 

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Pete's choice: Antonio Gibson

I wanted to put Steven Sims here. I also wanted to put Antonio Gandy-Golden here. But in the end, I put Antonio Gibson here. And I feel really good about that, too.

Sure, I'm a bit concerned about Gibson having to split time between running back and receiver. RBs coach Randy Jordan recently told the media that in his meetings, he's having to remind Gibson to focus on his duties in the backfield instead of on the outside. Jordan said it while laughing, but I do think there is something to the third-rounder perhaps being stretched too thin as a rookie.

Then I remember that Gibson scored 12 touchdowns on 71 offensive touches last year for Memphis.

That leads me to remember that Washington, who had the only offense IN THE LEAGUE last year to average FEWER THAN 17 POINTS A GAME, is going to need someone like Gibson to spark drives.

Then I also remember that Ron Rivera and Scott Turner are now in charge of this side of the ball, and they loved using Christian McCaffrey in Carolina, and they're going to need someone dynamic to replace Christian McCaffrey in Washington.

Then I also also remember how unproven the majority of the receivers are on this roster, which means Gibson could see a lot of targets regardless of where he lines up.

Right now, Gibson is someone who's a bit of a mystery, even to Washington fans. Come December, though, that mystery will disappear and give way to a whole bunch of production.

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Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury admits his iconic draft photo was staged

Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury admits his iconic draft photo was staged

Of all the moments that arose from the one-of-a-kind 2020 NFL Draft, the view inside Kliff Kingsbury’s house was easily the most memorable.

The Arizona Cardinals' head coach was pictured on draft night in an iconic photo at his insanely beautiful house, which quickly went viral. However, in a pre-camp interview on Wednesday, Kingsbury admitted that the photo was indeed staged.

"Going into it I knew I was going to be super extra in the picture," Kingsbury said. "I do think the fire –– it was 100 degrees and sunny –– was a bit much, but I laid four phones on the table because the NFL gave us a couple...all the screens, I just wanted to make it as extra as possible and it turned out good. It made for fun."

The photo featured Kingsbury lounging on his couch during the draft with four cell phones, a laptop and two computer screens on the table in front of him, which he later claimed he had “just in case” something went technologically wrong. The viral picture also showed a view of the coach’s backyard with a huge outdoor kitchen, firepit in the middle and stunning view of the mountains in the background.

While the photo was staged, his house is completely real. Kingsbury purchased the 7,000 square-foot house in Paradise Valley, Ariz. for $4.45 million in 2019 after joining the Cardinals. 

If he ever has to take part in a virtual draft again, Kingsbury has ideas for the next go-around. 

"The NFL only allowed us to have one person at the house or I might've had some people on the float swans in the back, or a DJ, really doing it big. There's always next year, hopefully."

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