Kirk Cousins continues to show improvement each and every week, and the stats are starting to prove he is an elite quarterback.
One stat that sticks out through the first five weeks of the season is play action passing. The Redskins’ quarterback leads the NFL in Play Action Passer Rating, according to ESPN.
Cousins’ 152.6 rating when faking a handoff is well ahead of second-place Tyrod Taylor’s 139.6 rating. Aaron Rodgers (133.1), Deshaun Watson (126.7) and Drew Brees (120.2) round out the Top 5.
Cousins’ ability in the play action has driven incredible results on the field this season. Cousins shook off an imperfect start to the season with a pair of outstanding performances in the Redskins last two games. His most notable game of the season came in Week 3 against the Oakland Raiders when the 28-year-old quarterback completed 25 of 30 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns with a 150.7 passing rating earned him NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors.
In four games, Cousins already surpassed the 1,000-yard mark and added seven touchdowns to only one interception while completing 66-percent of his passes.
Cousins leads the Redskins at home against a 49ers team that has yet to win a game this season and a defense that has allowed the fifth most passing yards in the NFL.
Written by: Ben Faunce