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Washington Redskins Week One: Will Cousins And Company Gain Respect?

Washington Redskins Kirk Cousins Keith Allison via Flickr


For the next 16 weeks, TSJ-101 will be covering the Washington Redskins from a unique perspective. Chronicling the season as it unfolds. Led by quarterback Kirk Cousins, the Washington Redskins are aiming to start the season off with an upset of the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins have the the chance to make a statement Monday night. Cousins and Co. play host to Ben Roethlisberger, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are heavy favorites for a NFL-record, seventh Super Bowl.

Led by Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers always seem to find themselves in playoff contention. Antonio Brown is the best wide receiver in the league, and Le’veon Bell is a top-5 running back. Head coach Mike Tomlin is one of the more respected coaches in the NFL. Tomlin has won nearly 64 percent of his games as a head coach in the NFL.

For the Washington Redskins to take the next step, they have to be able to compete against teams like the Steelers. In 2015, the Redskins did not beat a team with a winning record. In part, that was a huge knock on Kirk Cousins. However, Cousins did play at a high level. As a result, the Redskins won their second division title in four years.

Jay Gruden has constructed one of the more efficient aerial assaults in the NFL. With Cousins at quarterback, the Redskins have an identity on offense. The group has the potential to transcend from efficient offense, to an efficacious one.

Kirk Cousins has a plethora of receivers at his disposal. Tight-end Jordan Reed will be a household name by season’s end. Reed is the most intricate tight end in all of football because of his ability to dictate to coverage’s. Jamison Crowder excelled in his rookie season as a slot receiver, and looks to have carved out his niche on offense.

Josh Doctson was drafted to replace either Desean Jackson and/or Pierre Garcon. Garcon‘s production has dropped drastically in Washington, but he excels in the short to intermediate passing game. “D-Jax” is the best deep threat in the NFL, and he has looked sharp all preseason. The duo of Garcon and Jackson are one of the more complementary pairings in the NFL.

Kirk Cousins was one of the least sacked quarterbacks in the NFL last year. Cousins‘ 69.8 completion percentage led the NFL. His 101.6 passer rating was good enough for fifth in the league.

The Steelers pass defense finished 30th in the NFL in 2015. Their pass rush recently took a big hit with the loss of Bud Dupree. The 2015 first round pick has been sidelined with a groin injury. The Steelers are also without Le’veon Bell and wide receiver Martavious Bryant (suspensions). Bell will serve the first of his three game suspension against Washington.

In the NFL, it’s not about who you play, but more so when you play them. The Redskins have the opportunity to put the rest of the NFL on notice.  A win against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night will go a long way in increasing the confidence of not only Kirk Cousins but more importantly his team.