Kirk Cousins becomes first Redskins’ QB to throw for 4,000 yards in multiple seasons

Dec 12, 2016 | by King Motley, kcmsports.com

Kirk Cousins completed 14-of-21 passes for 234 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the Redskins’ 27-22 win over the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday. In the process, Cousins accomplished a feat no other Redskins’ quarterback has ever done. Cousins eclipsed the 4,000-yard mark for the second straight season, becoming the first Washington quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards in multiple seasons.

Cousins now has his sights on the franchise record for most passing yards in a season, a record he set last season. He has thrown for 4,045 yards. He is 121 yards shy of passing his record of 4,166 yards.

Sunday was not his best performance, but it was enough to get the victory. Cousins has led the Redskins to four straight wins over the Eagles, becoming the first Washington quarterback to do so since Jay Schroeder did it from 1985-87 — an interesting note, Schroeder was credited a fourth win despite going 0-of-3 and exiting the game with a separated shoulder. Doug Williams quarterbacked the team to victory and that began the run to a Super Bowl XXII win.

On Sunday Cousins continued to torment the Eagles’ defense completing nine straight passes, including his two touchdown tosses. The first score came with an assist as DeSean Jackson hauled in an underthrown pass over his shoulder, Willie Mays-style in route to an 80-yard touchdown in the third quarter. The second occurred on Washington’s next possession, as Cousins found Pierre Garcon on a fade route for a 15-yard touchdown.

His streak of completed passes was abruptly ended when Leodis McKelvin intercepted Cousins and returned it 29 yards to the end zone. Looking for Jackson on an out-route, Cousins was a bit late releasing the ball, allowing McKelvin to undercut the throw.

Cousins eventually rebounded from his mistake. He found Jamison Crowder for a 33-yard gain that officials initially ruled an incomplete pass. But, following a challenge from Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, the call on the field was reversed. Later in the drive faced with a critical 4th-and-1, Cousins found Garcon on a dig route for a six-yard pickup to continue the drive and the Redskins’ playoff hopes. Washington scored the go-ahead touchdown two plays later on a pitch and run by Chris Thompson.

In five career starts, including a loss on Sept. 21, 2014, Cousins has completed 124-of-195 (63.5 percent) passes for 1,579 yards, 12 touchdowns and three interceptions. He has dominated the Eagles in his short NFL career. Washington improved to 7-5-1 record on the season with the victory.