Back in 2012, the Washington Redskins made several bold moves in the NFL Draft. They gave the St. Louis Rams three first-round picks and a second rounder so they could draft Robert Griffin III with the No. 2 pick. 100 picks later, they selected their second quarterback of the draft – a lesser known prospect from Michigan State named Kirk Cousins.
Flash forward to today, and RGIII is now holding the clipboard for Cousins, who just secured the Redskins’ second NFC East title in the last 15 years. It’s safe to say this is Kirk’s team now, especially after last week’s performance against the Philadelphia Eagles to clinch a playoff berth. He went off for 365 yards and 4 touchdowns, looking to be in total command of the offense.
Unlike previous Redskins quarterbacks, Cousins understands how to get the ball into the hands of his play-makers – specifically DeSean Jackson and Jordan Reed. Clearly figuring out how to pick apart NFL defenses, Cousins has thrown for 684 yards, 8 touchdowns and 0 interceptions over his past two games.
Set to face the Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers or Seattle Seahawks in the postseason, Cousins will need to continue his strong play if the Redskins are to win their first playoff game since 2005. Redskins fans are certainly praying they won’t be facing the Seahawks, as Seattle has been the team to eliminate Washington in each of its last three postseason appearances (2005, 2007, 2012).
But if Washington does manage to advance past the Wild Card round, we can look forward to Cousins screaming “you like that” at random people. And that’s as good of a reason as any to cheer for the (typically) helpless franchise.
Source: USA Today