DALLAS—Kirk Cousins probably made some more money in his next contract by putting up some strong stats on Thanksgiving Day. But the Redskins didn’t get the win and that is the number that really matters.
Cousins completed 41 of 53 passes for 449 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Doing the math that comes to a completion percentage of 77.3, 8.5 yards per attempt, and a passer rating of 120.7.
But when the Redskins got into the red zone, Cousins and the offense faltered. They had a total of five trips inside the 20 of Dallas and they came away with just two touchdowns. You don’t have to look beyond the fact that Dustin Hopkins hit on two field goals that are shorter than extra point attempts to know that they struggled when the got close to the goal line.
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“Each play has its own reason,” Cousins said of the red zone problems. “There’s not just one reason that seems to be an overarching fix to all. Each play has its own reason so we have to go back and watch film and learn from it, and coach will spend more time on it in practice and try to do better.”
If there was a silver bullet for their problems it would have been used by now. Washington has struggled in the red zone all year long with rare exceptions. The solutions are elusive.
But to have red zone problems means that you’re getting there with some regularity and there is no question that Cousins can move the team well prior to entering the red zone.
On the year, Cousins has completed 68.4 percent of his passes for 3,540 yards with 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions. That puts him on pace for 5,150 passing yards, which would beat his own team record, and for 29 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also is on pace to shatter the team record for attempts and completion, both set by Cousins last year.
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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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?
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How far will the Bears drop because of that dreadful defensive performance?