Found December 19, 2012 on Sports Blog Net:
With the 102nd pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins selected quarterback Kirk Cousins. At the time, the pick was scrutinized because the team had already drafted Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick of the draft. Most people thought Washington should have used the pick on an offensive lineman or a defensive back. Last week against the Ravens and this week against the Browns made us realize why we leave the football decisions up to Bruce Allen as the General Manager. After Cousins’ first back-up role in week five against the Falcons, I think I speak for everyone that we were worried about his second chance in last weeks Beltway matchup against Baltimore, especially since it was following the view of Griffin taking that nasty shot to the knee. Cousins was driven to shut all that down though as he came into the game to lead the Skins to an overtime win. Cousins wasn’t sure if he would get the start heading into Cleveland with RG3 still dealing with his LCL strain. Kirk said he would “prepare as if he was going to start Sunday’s game”. He approached that the right way, as team doctors were not medically clearing Griffin. The team announced Saturday night that Cousins would get his first NFL start. RG3 would be inactive and Rex Grossman would be the second string qb. Cleveland was coming in on a three-game winning streak and Washington needed the victory to continue their late season playoff push. Coming in with the possibility of Griffin being out, the Skins knew they would have to change the offense to a degree. The option and pistol offense are suited for Griffin’s athleticism, so the Redskins would have to run more of a traditional offense Sunday. In the opening series Cousins started off shaky, completing one of his first six passes and throwing an interception that lead to a Trent Richardson touchdown, giving the Browns first blood. From then on Kirk settled down with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan dialing up some great play action calls that Kirk executed perfectly. Cousins connected on a 54-yard touchdown pass with second year receiver Leonard Hankerson for his first score of the game. The pass was perfectly thrown between three Browns defenders in triple coverage, allowing Hankerson to fall down, get back up and walk into the end zone. The cameras showed an excited RG3 cheering his teammates on from the sidelines the whole game. The second half came with Cousins continuing his excellent play. With the running game starting to be effective with rushing touchdowns from both Alfred Morris and Evan Royster, Cousins continued with great execution on the play-action. The defense played well throughout the game as well, coming up with key interceptions off Browns’ rookie Quarterback, Brandon Weeden. Cousins finished the game 26-37 passing for 329 yards and two touchdowns in the Redskins’ 38-21 victory. He has been nominated for NFL Rookie of the week, competing against the three rushing touchdowns and one passing performance of Russell Wilson in Seattle. This game demonstrated the huge improvement in the quarterback position in this year’s team over the last years. We had to endure Rex Grossman and John Beck for 16 games last season, each backing each other up at one point. With the win and the Giants’ loss, Washington moved into first place in the division with the tiebreaker. With a Washington win and a Giants’ and Cowboys’ loss this week, the Skins can clinch the division, making the last game against the Cowboys irrelevant. However the easiest way to approach the situation is by winning out the last two games against Philly and Dallas. This would be Washington’s first division title since 1999. You can see it’s been a while since Washington has had a home playoff game. That team was lead by Brad Johnson with Norv Turner as our head coach; RG3 was only 9 years old at the time. A home playoff game in Washington would mean so much to Skins Nation and I’m sure the fan base would be in frenzy the entire week. The Redskins have already sent out playoff ticket opportunities to the season ticket holders with the opportunity for everyone else at the end of next week. The tickets, already pricey, are going to skyrocket by the resellers. Even so, I would be willing to pay an arm and a leg to witness my first Redskins home playoff game. Sunday’s Mission: Beat Philly. HTTR  
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