Kirk Cousins to face three rookies in Atlanta Falcons secondary

Aug 19, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (12) on the field before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FedEX Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Redskins are set to roll out Kirk Cousins as their starting quarterback in Week 15 and he will have a favorable match up for his first start of the season. When Cousins takes the field to take on the Atlanta Falcons secondary, he will be staring at three rookie defensive backs across the field.

Atlanta has been starting 2013 first-round pick Desmond Trufant at one of the cornerback positions, while fellow rookie Robert Alford has replaced veteran Asante Samuel on the other side.

While that could be appetizing in itself, the Falcons will be without safety Thomas DeCoud on Sunday, which opens the door for seventh-round pick Zeke Motta out of Notre Dame to take his place in the starting lineup according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

For a man that will be coming in to the game with the pressure of replacing Robert Griffin III, this is a great opportunity for Cousins to get the crowd behind him over the final three games of the season.

If everything works out and Cousins torches the inexperienced Falcons secondary, Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan will be standing on the sidelines with a big smile on his face.

Topics: Atlanta Falcons, Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins

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