Dallas has been the worst team against opposing quarterbacks, allowing them to average 25.43 Fantasy points per game. Through 14 games, the team has allowed 30 passing touchdowns. That figure is second worst in the league. The first time the two teams met this season, Dallas actually held Washington without a passing touchdown, but that was with Robert Griffin III at quarterback.
Cousins has shown promise in his two career starts. He's thrown for over 300 yards in both games, and has tossed at least two touchdowns. Given how bad Dallas has been against quarterbacks this season, he's likely to reach those numbers in his third career start. At the same time, Cousins is clearly inexperienced, making him a huge risk. He's the perfect high-risk, high-reward bet for Week 16.
Making his first start in place of Robert Griffin III, who has been shut down to preserve his health during a lost season,
He showed off his arm on the first two, hitting tight end Fred Davis on a 23-yard screamer in the first quarter and leading wide receiver Pierre Garcon past the secondary on a 53-yard catch-and-run in the second. The third came with the game on the line late in the fourth quarter, when he connected with wide receiver Santana Moss on what would have been the game-tying score if the Redskins hadn't made a failed attempt at a two-point conversion.
Cousins did show his inexperience when the Falcons blitzed, though, making several off-balance, ill-advised throws -- two of which resulted in interceptions. He also lost a fumble on the Falcons' only sack.
The second-year quarterback will try to keep it going Week 16 against the Cowboys.
Frustrated by their lack of scoring over the last four weeks, during which they have averaged 12.3 points,
They've picked a good time to ease him in. The Falcons rank 20th against the pass, surrendering 245.8 yards per game. They've also allowed the highest quarterback rating and the fourth-most Fantasy points to quarterbacks.
Then again, they stepped up against an inexperienced quarterback last week, sacking the Packers' Matt Flynn five times. Flynn still threw for 258 yards and a touchdown, but the point is the Falcons won't just roll over for Cousins.
The Redskins as a whole are in disarray right now, with unrest at head coach as well as quarterback, so the environment isn't right for Cousins to succeed. Why take a chance on him at this crucial stage of the season?
Cousins said he was told by coaches only that he's starting Week 15. There was no mention of what will happen Weeks 16-17.
Griffin took no snaps in the portion of practice open to the media, the report said.
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