Kirk Cousins was called upon to lead an ailing Redskins offense for another week, and Washington’s quarterback again answered the call.
Missing from Washington’s high-octane offense was three starters on the offensive line, running back duo Rob Kelley and Chris Thompson, and starting receiver Jordan Reed. Cousins prevailed with a 20-10 win over the New York Giants on Thursday despite the lack of firepower.
“I thought it was another gutsy performance by Kirk,” “It’s not easy. Every week it seems like we’re shuffling guys around and I think he played great. He handled the game and handled the command of the huddle.”
The numbers don’t pop off the page, but Cousins got the injury-ridden offense rolling in the second-half. Cousins finished the Thanksgiving outing 19 of 31 passing for 242 yards and a pair of second-half touchdowns.
“This game just tests you every week and you have those moments throughout the game that emotionally you just get punched in the gut,” Cousins said. “We found a way to win and the defense kept us in it game all night long and [I] was proud of the resiliency we showed once again.”
Midway through the third quarter, Cousins escaped pressure in the pocket and scrambled right, finding Jamison Crowder wide open in the end zone for the first touchdown of the night and giving Washington its first lead of the game.
“I felt some pressure so I just tried to escape up and to the right and kept my eyes downfield and found Jamison Crowder all by himself and he was pretty wide open, made for an easy throw,” Cousins said. “I think just the longer I play, I’ll get a better feel for how to move and escape.”
Crowder’s production was key for Cousins and the Redskins, as he finished the night with seven receptions for 141 yards.
After taking the lead, Washington found itself back up against the wall in the fourth. A slight overthrow from Cousins was tipped by running back Byron Marshall and landing in the hands of Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who returned the pick for a touchdown to tie the game. It was gut-check time for the Redskins, and Cousins was leading the charge.
Samaje Perine’s 100-yard rushing performance gave Cousins the perfect opportunity to take a late lead. With under four minutes to play, Cousins faked a handoff to Perine and found Josh Doctson in the end zone, giving the Redskins a 17-10 lead and sealing a crucial victory.
“Josh did a good job trying to sell, you know, run to the right and then he’s supposed to just kind of sell that, sell that, sell that and then whip out of it and be an outlet for me late and he did the rest,” Cousins said. “He got separation and made a great catch and kept his feet in bounds.”