There’s no place like home for Kirk Cousins.
We knew that the Redskins quarterback had been good when playing in the friendly confines of FedEx Field. He had a quarterback rating of over 100 in seven of the eight home games. The first-year starter has not thrown an interception at home since Week 1. The Redskins have gone 6-2 there, the team’s best home record since 2005.
But nobody quite realized that Cousins’ home season was history in the making. The NFL revealed today that no quarterback in league history with a minimum of 100 pass attempts at home has had a higher completion percentage than Cousins’ mark of 74.7. Not Brady in Foxborough, not Manning in the dome in Indy, not Brees in the Superdome, not Marino at the Orange Bowl.
Of course there is more to judging a quarterback than completion percentage. The West Coast offense that the Redskins run is conducive to completing a high percentage of passes and that certainly helps. It should be noted, however, that the WCO has been popular for some 35 years and nobody has matched Cousins’ home completion percentage.
Looking at all games played, Cousins leads the NFL in completion percentage with a 69.7 percent mark. The NFL record for a single season is by Drew Brees, who completed 71.2 percent of his passes in 2011. If the season ended today Cousins was rank seventh all-time for a season. Of course, his percentage could go up or down so that ranking is not final. But it is impressive.