Kirk Cousins plays his best facing the Eagles. In five career starts against Philadelphia, the Redskins quarterback has a 4-1 record. He's completed more than 63 percent of his passes for nearly 1,600 yards to go with 12 touchdowns against just three interceptions. 

It's no coincidence the Redskins have not lost to the Eagles in their last five tries. The most important win of Cousins' career came Week 16 of 2015 in Philadelphia, where he played masterfully (365 yards, 4 TDs and no INTs) as the Redskins claimed the NFC East title. 


In two games last season, Cousins numbers slowed down a bit. He averaged about 245 yards per game against the Eagles, and in each contest threw two touchdowns against one interception. Still, Washington won both contests.

The question then isn't can Cousins beat the Eagles. It's how does Cousins keep the momentum against Philly going?

That will be the biggest question Sunday at FedEx Field. In three preseason games this season, Cousin didn't look particularly sharp. 

Washington is working in new skill pieces all over their offense. Josh Doctson and Terrelle Pryor will replace DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon at the receiver spots. Cousins had a lot of time and experience working with Jackson and Garçon; the duo accounted for more than 40 percent of the QB's passing yards last season. 

The Eagles can be beat. The Redskins have done it five straight times, but Washington has not won a season opener under head coach Jay Gruden.


Either the Redskins win streak over Philly snaps, or Gruden's winless opener streak breaks. Cousins will have a major say in that outcome. 


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