Kirk Cousins had an impressive season debut for the Washington Redskins. He threw for nearly 400 yards and three touchdowns in a narrow loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Those numbers should only improve next Sunday.
Cousins sees the worst defense and secondary in the history of man Sunday afternoon in the form of the Dallas Cowboys. They can’t stop a nosebleed right now. The last two weeks, the Cowboys’ defense has made back up quarterbacks look like future Hall of Famers, as they seem to get torched no matter who is playing signal caller.
Expect more of the same in Week 16. Cousins is a gifted passer; every time he has come on in replacement of Robert Griffin III, he has been extremely effective. In fact, he may be the better pure passer of the two. He has a high football IQ and great field vision to find the open target.
The Cowboys will be without starting corner Morris Claiborne, further complicating things for a terrible back end. Cousins is probably anxious for Sunday to get here. This is as favorable a matchup as it gets. Expect at least three or four touchdowns, and well over 300 yards for the second-year quarterback; anything less would be a disappointment against this sorry group.
The Cowboys pretty much need this one. They lose on Sunday, and the Philadelphia Eagles can wrap up the division with a win at home against the Chicago Bears. It is time for someone to put the Cowboys and their fans out of their misery, and there’s no better man than Cousins to do the job.
Final prediction? 31-27 Redskins