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Cousins' historic day earns NFC honors

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Cousins' historic day earns NFC honors

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.

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The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting

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The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting

The Kerrigan family is about to make a big-time addition to its roster.

Ryan and his wife, Jessica, already have two very, VERY, very, very cute bulldogs in their household. 

But on Tuesday, the two announced in separate Instagram posts that Jessica is 18 weeks pregnant and that a third human Kerrigan will arrive in 2019.

"Can I eat dis sign aftur da picturr iz over?" George the bulldog said when reached for comment on the news.

"How did dey gett such a smawl jerzey for da baby alreddy?" Franklin the other bulldog added.

This is all very wonderful.

Come next March, the world is about to get a little precious-er.

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Adrian Peterson's impressive day vs. the Panthers wasn't exactly supposed to happen

Adrian Peterson's impressive day vs. the Panthers wasn't exactly supposed to happen

When you don't hear from someone you wanted to hear from, you typically follow up.

But on Sunday during the Redskins' 23-17 win over the Panthers, Jay Gruden actually didn't follow up with Adrian Peterson about a plan the two first discussed leading up to kickoff.

Everyone associated with burgundy and gold should be OK with that, however, after seeing how things played out.

During his weekly, exclusive interview with JP Finlay on the Redskins Talk podcast, Gruden explained how Peterson's injury situation almost prevented the running back from posting his crucial 17-carry, 97-yard stat line. 

"I talked to him before the game, had a sit-down with him," the head coach said. "I told him I was probably only gonna use him on short-yardage and goal line if that, you know? Because I want him to heal, we have a long season ahead of us." 

Heading into Week 6, Peterson was dealing with shoulder, ankle and knee issues. Plus, he's 33 years old at a position where that number is way more common on a player's jersey than in his bio under "age."

So, Gruden's concern made some sense, especially considering how necessary a productive Peterson has been to the 'Skins' success in 2018. Problem is, the two never connected again, so the coach's pitch count was never executed.

"He says, 'Oh, just let me go early, I'll let you know how I'm doing,'" Gruden recalled. "We let him go early and I never heard from him so I just kept him in there. He played great. He's a pro, he's a stud."

For those of you now wondering if this means you should start ignoring emails from your boss or not text your buddy back and still expect success, let's not get too carried away here. In this instance, a lack of communication worked for the future Hall of Famer, but that doesn't mean it's going to work for you.

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