Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins are not the same team the Dallas Cowboys defeated 27-23 in Week 2.
The Redskins started 0-2, with more turnovers (four) than touchdowns (three). Cousins completed 50 of 89 passes for 693 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.
Since then, the Redskins have gone on a roll.
“We always have room to grow, but you can see the progress and you can see the ability that we have, both in the running game and the passing game,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden told reporters in Washington on Tuesday. “When we have that type of balance, we’re dangerous. That’s why Dallas is 9-1 right now, because they’re playing with great balance. They have Dez Bryant and they have Zeke [Ezekiel] Elliott and Jason Witten. They’re doing an excellent job of keeping you off-balance with the play-action, the bootlegs, the dropbacks. And we’re in a similar spot right now. It will be a great matchup. I love the way our offense is playing. I love the way our offensive line is playing, number one, and then Kirk, the decision-making and the accuracy that he’s playing with is at a very high level – an elite level – right now.”
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Quarterback Kirk Cousins has completed 43 of 63 passes for 637 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions with a 127.5 passer rating in the past two games. The Redskins won both, scoring a total of 68 points against the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers.
Cousins set the team record for career 300-yard games with his 17th Sunday, including one in the postseason.
Cousins, who is playing under the franchise tag, becomes a free agent in the off-season. He has a 17-17-1 career record.
Rob Kelley, who goes by “Fat Rob,” had only 17 carries for 103 yards in the first eight games. He has 67 carries for 321 yards and four touchdowns in the past three.
Kelley stands as an unlikely contributor as a 24-year-old, undrafted free agent from Tulane.
In the past three games, with Kelly as a big contributor, the Redskins averaged 31.7 points and 483 yards per game.
Norman vs. Bryant
Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant finished with seven catches for 102 yards in the Cowboys’ 27-23 victory over the Redskins in Week 2. Washington chose not to have their $75 million cornerback, Josh Norman, shadow Bryant in the first half. Instead, Bashaud Breeland allowed Bryant to catch four passes for 56 yards in the first half.
Norman had five tackles, defensed three passes and forced a fumble in the first meeting with the Cowboys. For the season, Norman has 44 tackles, an interception, 11 passes defensed and two forced fumbles.
The two played against each other last Thanksgiving when Norman was with the Panthers, and Bryant made only two catches for 26 yards on eight targets.