Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins -- who is 0-3 as a starter this season -- hopes his team can rebound in Week 6 against the Arizona Cardinals.
For Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins, there is nowhere to go but up.
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Cousins has improved over the course of the last two weeks, but has failed to produce a single victory as a starter in place of injured star quarterback Robert Griffin III in three games this season. He hopes all that will change, per The Washington Post's Mike Jones:
"With Monday night's defeat, Kirk Cousins fell to 0-3 as a starter this season and 1-6 as a starter in his three NFL seasons.
"Cousins on Monday displayed an ability to to rebound from a woeful performance against the Giants and then play with greater effectiveness. Cousins on Sunday completed 21 of 36 yards for 283 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He was at his best in the second half when he completed 14 of 19 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown. But the Redskins still lost.
"Cousins said Wednesday morning that after reviewing the video, he drew encouragement by how he had avoided negative plays and turnovers. But he added, 'But when you lose, and that's all that matters in this league.'
"Cousins reiterated, 'At the end of the day, in this league, it's about winning. Winning the division, getting into the playoffs, winning in the playoffs. That is something that we are trying to do here, and we need to improve, obviously.'
"Cousins said that although he continues to maintain that this is Robert Griffin III's team and that he is just filling in rather than trying to steal his job, he is doing everything possible to lead the Redskins in Griffin's absence.
"But he knows that as he tries to prove himself capable of starting in this league, whether here or elsewhere, the win-loss record serves as his biggest measuring stick, fair or not.
"'I don't know what's fair or not fair. I don't if that is for me to say,' Cousins said. 'I just think that at the end of the day it is my job as a quarterback to help this team win. And there is a lot of other statistics and things you can look at to evaluate players' performances, but I don't think it is my place to say what's fair and not fair. I just know that I need to go out there and help this team win.'"
As for the bigger picture, RealRedskins.com's Rich Tandler argues things may start to look up for Washignton as it is approaching an easier stretch of its season:
"The road ahead may be getting a little easier for the Redskins as they try to recover from their 1-4 start to the NFL season.
"Their first five opponents have a cumulative record of 13-11. Their losses have come at the hands of teams that have a combined 13-7 record. They haven't lost to a team with a losing record and every team they've lost to a team with a losing record and every team they've lost to is at least tied for the lead in its division.
"Per the folks at Football Outsiders, the Redskins have faced the 20th hardest schedule in the NFL as ranked by the DVOA of their opponents. That average includes the Jaguars, who have by far the worst DVOA in the NFL. If the Redskins had taken a bye instead of playing Jacksonville their schedule would rank as the fourth-toughest in the league.
"But FO brings good news in terms of the team's remaining 11 games. Only one other team, the Titans, has an easier remaining schedule than Washington.
"There are several games in which the Redskins should be solid favorites. In two weeks they host the 1-4 Titans. Two other future visitors to FedEx Field, the (St. Louis) Rams and (Tampa Bay) Bucs, also are sitting with one win. They also have a road game with the Vikings, who are 2-3.
"A few games against teams with winning records doesn't seem as tough as they might. This Sunday's opponents, the 3-1 (Arizona) Cardinals, have faced the second-toughest schedule in the NFL but they are having some serious issues at quarterback, among some other injury problems. The Cowboys, who the Redskins face home and home over the rest of the season, are 4-1 but FO tells us that only three teams have faced easier schedules. Their only win against a team with a winning record came last week against the Texans.
"The Redskins, of course, have plenty of problems on their own. Even if their remaining schedule could be considered relatively easy, there is no guarantee that they will be able to take advantage of it. And if they really want to make something of their season they are going to have to win a few games that they shouldn't win. But they should have some realistic opportunities to win a few games, which would put a lot of the current negative atmosphere surrounding the team to rest."
Cousins has thrown for 2,537 yards, 16 touchdowns and 15 interceptions on a 78.1 passer rating in 12 career regular-season games through Oct. 10, per ESPN stats.
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