2017 Grade: .515
2017 3rd Down: .403
Week 1 vs. Philadelphia: An all-around awful day for the future $30 million man, Cousins was as sloppy as ever. His mechanics were a mess, his decision making was poor, the chemistry with his new receivers was completely out of sync and his accuracy was atrocious. The bad day was highlighted by a back-breaking interception. Throwing off his back foot, Cousins missed an open receiver that would’ve set up a first and goal, in the fourth quarter, trailing only by two.
Week 2 at Los Angeles Rams: Kirk Cousins’ services were hardly needed Sunday in Los Angeles – until they were. His touchdown pass, on a masterfully designed play, on 3rd and 4, was the second 3rd down conversion of the drive. That was the only play where he registered a score other than -1, 0, or 1. The Washington ground game took the Rams to task, and Cousins managed the game admirably.
Week 3 vs. Oakland: This performance was vintage Kirk Cousins. Accurate down the seam, to the boundary, in control of the game situations, no mistakes, and terrific in the face of pressure. His touchdown pass to Vernon Davis (GIF below) had to be perfect, and it was. When it’s going right for Cousins, in this Jay Gruden scheme, it’s a thing of beauty.
Week 4 at Kansas City: Washington will be insane to let Cousins walk. His cerebral brand of football, accuracy and high-football acumen were all on display in this game. In the GIF, he manipulates the single-high safety, and puts an absolute dime on Vernon Davis. On what would’ve been the game winning drive, he had three impressive scrambles, and a perfect touchdown pass that slipped through the fingers of Josh Doctson.
Week 6 vs. San Francisco: Cousins’ accuracy and post-snap manipulation are his strong suits. The former wasn’t his best in this game, but the ladder led to a perfect touchdown strike for Washington’s first touchdown of the game. A couple of big scramble plays helped resurrect Cousins score, which suffered from a couple of high or wide throws.