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Cousins’ ATL Experience Starts With TD

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 12, 2013 – 10:29 am

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Very rarely does a second-year quarterback, who is the backup mind you, get to the opportunity to play a good chunk of the snaps against a team outside the division in back-to-back seasons.

Then again, most teams don’t have a backup like Kirk Cousins, NFL.com’s No. 1 rated backup.

His unusual situation will pick back up on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.

Yesterday it was announced that Cousins would start the final three games of the season, the first of which will take place in the spacious Georgia Dome.

For his nascent NFL career, the former Michigan State star has completed 61.6 percent of his passes for 573 yards and one touchdown.

The first touchdown stupefied Atlanta’s defensive backfield, as his 77-yard connection with Mr. Consistency (Santana Moss) was a beautiful concoction of precision, power and electricity that sent pulse waves through a sellout crowd at FedExField.

Time to remember the moment:

Now it’d be a little preposterous of me to not point out that–in his first regular season NFL action ever–Cousins looked like a rookie getting his first exposure against the first unit of an opponent.

After the bitter defeat, Cousins sought out Redskins.com lead writer Brian Tinsman and told him that the adrenaline pumping through his veins was a little overwhelming, letting instinct take over and forcing too much with victory in sight.

Fred Davis was who I was trying to throw to on the first one, and I just tried to pull him away from his defender and I did it too much,” he explained.  “I needed to come to the running back over the middle–that was the proper throw, and didn’t do it obviously.

“The second one, I was just trying to do too much. I was trying to get it all back on one play.”

Cousins hopes to exact revenge on Sunday against of the league’s most feeble defensive units.

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