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Kirk Cousins in midst of great season, but not best ever among Redskins QBs

Kirk Cousins in midst of great season, but not best ever among Redskins QBs

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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Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

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Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

NBC Sports Washington lost an important piece of its family this week when longtime Redskins reporter Rich Tandler died on Tuesday. He was 63.

Tandler joined NBC Sports Washington in 2011. He began his writing career in his 40s after working in restaurants and created his blog, Real Redskins, in 2004, which became the longest-running blog on the team. He also wrote three books on the Redskins and posted an estimated 2,300 consecutive “Need To Know” posts, becoming a must-read for Redskins fans as part of their morning routine.

“We’re devastated to learn of the loss of one of our most loved and valued media members, Rich Tandler of NBC Sports Washington,” Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said in a statement. “His dedication to covering the Redskins over the past 14 years has made him an irreplaceable presence among our media corps, and he will be in our hearts. Our thoughts are with his family, our family at NBC Sports Washington, and the entire Redskins community. He will be truly missed.”

The team will hold a moment of silence for Tandler before its game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday and will keep his regular seat on press row empty. On Wednesday, Redskins quarterback Alex Smith offered his “thoughts and prayers to his family.”

“Rich’s kind and warm nature made him a good friend and an especially close colleague to many of us at NBC Sports Washington,” NBC Sports Washington General Manager Damon Phillips said in a statement. “His passion for his work and the Redskins was inspiring and made him a critical part of many of our successes over the past seven years. This is a very big loss for the sports community. Our thoughts are with his family and his many friends.”

Fans, Redskins players, fellow reporters, and friends of Tandler paid tribute to him on social media.

“Incredibly saddened by the sudden passing of NBCSW’s Rich Tandler. He was a great talent and an important voice in the DC sports community. Our thoughts are with his wife @MissSkeetersmom, his family and his family at @NBCSWashington,” Washington Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis wrote on Twitter.

 

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

In a thriller in Foxboro, the Patriots handed Kansas City its first loss of the season.

It wasn't pretty but the Rams slipped past the Broncos to remain the lone unbeaten in the NFL.

Remember when the Lions beat New England on Sunday Night Football and folks were ready to bury the Patriots? Yeah... how did that 'hot take' work out?

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Will the real Redskins please stand up? A win over the Panthers moved the Skins up three spots. Give the Redskins this, they are consistently unpredictable.

The Ravens are on the rise and Marcus Mariota is happy the Titans won't have to play Baltimore again.

So the Cowboys have an offense now? Or does Jacksonville not have an elite defense anymore?

And the Bears let Brock Osweiler throw for 380 yards. Yes. You read that correct. 380 yards. 

How far will the Bears drop because of that dreadful defensive performance? 

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