Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in leading the Redskins’ historic comeback win over the Buccaneers.
It is the first such honor of Cousins’ career, now in its fourth year. This is his first season as a full-time starter.
The Redskins trailed Tampa Bay 24-0 in the second quarter, making their 31-30 win the largest comeback in team history. Cousins completed 33 of 40 passes for 317 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. With the Redskins trailing by six points with 2:24 left to play, Cousins led an 80-yard drive capped by his six-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Reed with 24 seconds left to play.
Cousins became the first quarterback in Redskins history to attempt 30 or more passes and complete over 80 percent of his passes in a game for over 300 yards with at least three touchdowns and no interceptions.
A statistical performance such as that is not just noteworthy in terms of team history; in the NFL it’s happened only 27 times in the 12,000 or so games played since 1960. Peyton Manning has five such performances, Drew Brees has six.
Of the twenty-seven 80%-300-3-0 performances, 22 have been achieved by quarterbacks who are either in the Hall of Fame or certain to be enshrined when they are eligible.
This does not mean that Cousins is destined for Canton. Quarterbacks like Steve Beuerlein, Kelly Holcomb, and Ken O’Brien have had similar big statistical games. But for one week at least Cousins deserves credit for having a heck of a game.