Kirk Cousins has performed well against the Philadelphia Eagles. One quip I read from a Philly writer recently is that the notion that Jeffrey Lurie owns the Eagles is a myth; Cousins really owns the Eagles.
Perhaps it’s premature to say that. After all, Cousins has just four career starts against Philadelphia. But he has played well against the Redskins’ NFC East rivals, no question about it. In those four games he has completed 62 percent of his passes for 1,345 yards (336 yards/game) with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions. Cousins has thrown for 7.7 yards per attempt with a passer rating of 101.3. The Redskins are 3-1 in those games.
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Two games against the Eagles in 2015 helped define the season. In their first meeting in Week 4 at FedEx Field the Redskins trailed 20-16 when they got the ball at their own 10 with 6:05 left. Cousins engineered a 90-yard drive, topping it off with a four-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garçon with 31 seconds left to win the game.
That win kept the Redskins from sliding to 1-3, a situation that would have put Cousins’ viability as the starting quarterback in doubt. But they survived and went into Philadelphia in Week 17 in position to clinch in the NFC East title. Cousins passed for 365 yards and four touchdowns as the Redskins rolled 38-24.
Earlier this year Cousins passed for 263 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. The pick was returned for a touchdown, a score that tied the game at 14-14. But Cousins led the team to a touchdown and a field goal on the two subsequent drives and the Redskins held on for a 27-20 win.
As you would expect, Cousins is having nothing of any talk of his success against the Redskins’ upcoming opponent. He tried to make the case that it’s just a coincidence.
“I think every game is its own entity and I don’t know that the sample size is large enough really to say there’s a correlation,” he said of his success against the Eagles. “I just think that each game you see what can happen and you never know. So I think there’s starting to become a familiarity from both sides. I think they’re starting to figure me out and I’m starting to learn more about them as individual players. So that always counts for something as you get more familiar and that will be a challenge as they start to learn my play better and better.”
Whether it’s ownership or just happenstance, the Redskins hope that Cousins can extend his hot streak against the Eagles at least one more game on Sunday.