There is plenty of debate over how Kirk Cousins will be compensated next year and even some over where he might be playing. But there is no doubt Cousins is in the process of putting up one of the best statistical seasons in team history. However, even if he finishes out strong his season may not deserve all the acclaim it may receiver.
Cousins has passed for 3,540 yards. If he didn’t play another game this year he would have the 10th most single season passing yards in team history. He needs to average only 125 yards per game for the rest of the season to top his team record of 4,166 yards he set last year.
Of course, Cousins is going to do much better than that. If he keeps up his 2016 pace of 322 yards per game he will end up with about 5,150 yards. Not only would that shatter the team record he would be No. 5 on the list for all-time best single-season yardage (pending what Drew Brees and Matt Ryan, who are right up there with Cousins in passing yards this year, do the remainder of the season).
While this is very impressive, Cousins’ accomplishments should be viewed in the light of the era in which he is accomplishing it. He current average of 322 yards per game is 30 percent higher than the league average of 247 yards per team per game.
Sonny Jurgensen’s 1967 season is really the standard by which Cousins’ accomplishment should be measured. The Hall of Famer passed for 3,747 yards in a 14-game season, an average of 267 yards per game. In 1967 NFL teams averaged 179 passing yards per game so Jurgensen’s average game was 49 percent better than the league’s average game.
So even if Cousins continues at his current pace he will have more dazzling numbers that Jurgensen did in 1967 but it would be hard to argue that Cousins is have a better season than Sonny had.
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