In the wake of the Redskins season ending loss to the New York Giants on Sunday night, the conversation surrounding this team will quickly move to Kirk Cousins and his contract.
While the 28-year-old quarterback has led Washington the past two seasons, breaking record after record along the way, the team's record against quality opponents is not where Redskins fans want it to be.
Maybe those in opposition to the idea of signing Cousins to a long-term, mega million dollar contract have a point.
A popular NFC East Twitter troll, and Philadelphia Eagles beat reporter, Brandon Gowton made it clear to Redskins fans:
Kirk Cousins’ starting record: 19-21-1— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) January 2, 2017
Cousins’ record against teams with 9+ wins: 2-11
Teams with 8+ wins: 5-13https://t.co/8g1soNsA5E
Now as a regular starter (2015-16) where he started the entire season, Cousins has a 16-15-1 record if you include the playoffs loss to Green Bay last season.
Against team's that finished above .500 this season, Cousins and the Redskins were 2-5.
This year though his team played a first-place schedule as a result of the Redskins winning the division, meaning that Washington had to play all the other division champions in 2015; Minnesota, Carolina, and Arizona.
Washington ended up 1-2 against those teams, but combined their record on the season was 21-26-1, none finishing with a winning record.
When the team made the playoffs in 2015, they were playing a fourth place division schedule, going against Chicago, Tampa Bay, and the then St. Louis Rams. They went 3-0, but the combined record of the three teams was 19-29. Against teams with winning records, they were an abysmal 0-4.
If the Redskins are going to want to continually be in the playoffs, they have to beat other teams that will also be there. Otherwise the team will have to rely on another last-place division finish in order to take advantage of a favorable schedule.
At least the team is beating a majority of the teams they were supposed to be beating, which is better than many previous Redskins teams.