The Washington Redskins had a lot of talk this week about starting Kirk Cousins over the injured Robert Griffin III. At the time it seemed like a move that could backfire on Washington, but after Cousins impressive stylings in the win over the Ravens, the Redskins had seen all they needed to see.
Boy did the gamble ever pay off.
With RGIII not even suiting up for th game due to that injured knee, Cousins led Washington to a 38-21 win over the Browns and to a share of first place in the NFC East. Thanks to the Falcons blanking and brutally beating the Giants in Atlanta on Sunday, the win for Washington means they’re 8-6 and in line to take full control of the NFC East with a win next week.
In his first ever NFL start, Cousins tossed two touchdowns against just one interception and surpassed 300 yards on the day. What’s more impressive is that his interception preceded all his success on the day and lead to a Cleveland score.
But rather than get rattled, Cousins turned around and threw a beautiful touchdown pass to Leonard Hankerson that fooled three Browns defenders who were right on top of Hankerson. From there Cousins was masterful in his relief appearance, proving that when the Redskins selected Cousins even after taking RGIII, they knew what they were doing.
Moving forward for Washington, they actually have a chance to win the NFC East. Not too long ago head coach Mike Shanahan implied that the team was playing to see who would have a job next year and now tWashington finds themselves not only in the hunt to make a run at a Super Bowl but they could officially turn things around in one season and go from the worst team in the NFC East to division champs.