Kirk Cousins showed the New York Giants that his a budding star in Thursday’s 20-10 win.
New York’s defense took note of Cousins’ impressive performance. The 29-year-old quarterback completed 19 of 31 passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns.
Cousins accomplished the impressive Thanksgiving outing despite being down three starting offensive linemen, his top two running backs and star tight end Jordan Reed. However, Cousins led Washington to 17 second-half points, including an impressive 60-yard touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter that included two big throws and was capped with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Josh Doctson.
“He’s the real deal,” Giants linebacker Jonathan Casillas said of Cousins. “You got some elite guys. He can be in that category. To be elite you have to have years and consistency and playoff wins. We’ve gone against him so much. He can make all the throws.”
Since taking over as the Redskins starter in 2015, Cousins is 3-2 against the Giants. In the past, Cousins has had an arsenal of big-play talent and great offensive line play surrounding him, but the signal caller didn’t have that luxury on Thursday. Cousins prevailed as the leader of the team, proven with an elusive scramble out of the pocket in the third quarter that Cousins turned into a touchdown pass on third-and-15.
Casillas said he has an appreciation for what Cousins was able to accomplish with an offense missing so many key parts.
“He makes really good decisions and he gets their team into really good positions and he can make the throws,” Casillas said. “He can escape the pocket and do things like that and he’s been clutch at times."