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. 


“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.