Despite falling short to the first-place Minnesota Vikings, Kirk Cousins gave another impressive performance for the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
Cousins finished the eight-point loss with 327 passing and three total touchdowns, one through the air and a pair of scores on the ground.
Cousins’ passing touchdown opened up the game’s scoring early in the first quarter. Cousins found wide receiver Maurice Harris, who had just been signed off the practice squad earlier in the week, down the sideline. With the defender all over him, Harris dove and secured Cousins’ 36-yard pass with one hand to give Washington a 7-0 lead.
The first rushing touchdown of the afternoon for Cousins came off a one-yard quarterback sneak. After connecting on a long pass with Jamison Crowder, Washington found itself inside the 10-yard line and down 14-10 late in the first half. The Redskins came up short of the end zone after two tries and was facing a third-and-goal from the one-yard line when Cousins took matters into his own hands to give the Redskins a 17-10 lead.
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On the first play of the fourth quarter and with the Redskins down 35-20, safety D.J. Swearinger intercepted Vikings QB Case Keenum and took it all the way to the two-yard line. Two plays later, Cousins faked a hand off to Chris Thompson and dashed toward the end zone and broke through Minnesota defensive end Danielle Hunter for his second rushing touchdown of the day.
Cousins ranks No. 3 in the NFL with 2,474 passing yards. He owns a quarterback rating of 98.6 and his 14-to-5 touchdown-to-interception ratio is on pace to be a career best. In his sixth season, Cousins is thriving and proving himself as an incredibly efficient passer who takes care of the football and can put up crooked statistics.
Written by: Ben Faunce