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Redskins Week 3: Kirk Cousins And Defense Shine In Win

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Redskins Defeat Raiders 27-10 In Week 3

The Washington Redskins and Oakland Raiders faced off in a Week 3 primetime battle at FedEx field on Sunday night. These are two teams who usually do not meet a lot, so when they do, you never know what to expect on the field. The result was 27-10 victory over Washington in an all-around solid team effort. A surprising result to many (probably not to Redskins fans), here are some takeaways.

Kirk Cousins Sharp As A Tack

Some nights you can tell when a player has it going on. On Sunday, Kirk Cousins was that player. He seemed to be locked in from the start going seven-for-seven before his first incompletion. Throughout the night Cousins did a good job recognizing blitzes and getting the ball to his hot receivers.  He also did a great job making tight passes down the field for completions. One of those was a great ball to Vernon Davis for a touchdown in the second quarter.

There was only one place that Cousins could have put that ball, and he effectively made the completion to give his team a two-touchdown lead. A lot of credit also goes to the offensive line. They gave Kirk Cousins plenty of time to make throws and picked up blitzes very well. Morgan Moses had the daunting task of blocking the reigning defensive player of the year, Khalil Mack, and held his own only allowing one sack. It was important that the Redskins passed the ball well in week three because their running game was not as good as when they played last week. They were only able to gain 113 yards on the night. It was Kirk Cousins and the passing attack that ruled tonight, finishing with 356 yards and three touchdowns.

Impressive Defensive Effort

One of the major points for week 3 against the Raiders was how the Redskins defense was going to be able to slow down one of the best offenses in the NFL. The way that they did was by forcing turnovers and sacking the quarterback. Greg Manusky’s new defense now seems to have an identity because of this. They pressure the quarterback and play solid run defense. From the start of the game, like Cousins, they were locked in. On the second play of the game, rookie safety Montae Nicholson was able to pick off Derek Carr who was looking to Amari Cooper on a deep ball down the field. After that, the defense would not let up. Then they sacked Carr a total of four times and would pick him off for a second time on a good play by second-year corner Kendall Fuller.

Solid Run Defense

The cornerbacks did a great job shutting down a very dangerous receiving core. They would finish with a total of 118 passing yards. That is absolutely incredible. More importantly, the Raiders could not get the running game going. During the night, the Redskins defense did a good job stuffing the run, filling gaps, and swarming to the ball. The Raiders would finish the night with a total of 32 rushing yards because of this. If you’re doing the math, that’s a total of 150 yards on the night for an offense that was coming into the game averaging 385 yards. Even though Kirk Cousins had a great game, It was Greg Manusky and the defense that deserves most of the credit for this impressive win against the Raiders high-powered offense.

Next week, things do not get easier. The Redskins will head to Kansas City to take on the undefeated Chiefs at Arrowhead on Monday night.