You may have heard that there is a quarterback controversy in Washington. For this week it is gone or at least muted.
You may also have heard that that the Redskins have not won a game that Kirk Cousins, the man who currently holds the job as the Redskins’ starting quarterback, started and finished for them since December of 2012. That 1,009-day skid came to an end today.
Cousins wasn’t great against the Rams today. In fact, if you want to go down a list of reasons the Redskins won, Cousins would not be near the top of it. But he didn’t make mistakes that cost the team the game and the way this team is structured, that can be enough.
A look at the numbers shows that Cousins completed 23 of 27 passes for 203 yards and a touchdown. His stats were similar to what he had in the loss to the Dolphins a week ago with one key difference. Cousins was intercepted twice against Miami and not at all today.
“He was efficient,” said Jay Gruden. “I’m happy with the way Kirk played. I’m sure there were some throws that he wishes he had back but to get a victory against a defense like that is very impressive.”
Cousins was sacked twice against a Rams defensive front that was coming off a big, six-sack performance against the Seahawks last week. Part of the credit goes to Cousins for moving around in the pocket and getting rid of the ball quickly. But the quarterback was quick to deflect credit to the offensive line.
“If I could give you five reasons for us playing so well, it would be those five guys [on the line],” said Cousins. “That starts with them.”
Cousins also finished off a fourth-quarter drive that the team desperately needed, something he was unable to do against the Dolphins.
With the Redskins clinging to a 17-10 lead with nine and a half minutes to play, they embarked on the game-clinching drive. Cousins got things going with a 10-yard pass to Chris Thompson to convert a third and eight and then a 29-yard pass to Jordan Reed on third and two. All he had to do to cover the final 40 yards was execute handoffs to Matt Jones and Alfred Morris. Jones finished off the 12-play, 77-yard masterpiece that ate up almost seven minutes of the fourth quarter with a punished three-yard touchdown run.
As long as Cousins can do his part on drives like that and Morris and Jones can be effective, the Redskins will at least stay in most games. That will keep those who want to see Robert Griffin III given another shot at the starting quarterback job quiet, at least for the time being.
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