Huge Sunday for these four former Redskins

Brian Tinsman
October 07, 2018 - 11:03 pm
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Four of the biggest wins on Sunday were secured by former Redskins players or overseen by former Redskins coaches. Without further ado, here are the ones to know about:

Kirk Cousins in Philadelphia: Cousins continues to perform well in Minnesota, becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to complete 30+ passes in four-straight weeks, leading the Vikings to a big 23-21 victory over the Eagles in Philly. There are some Redskins fans who will never embrace the hype on Cousins, and that's fine, but he made huge throws under duress from a stout Eagles pass rush, and was good when his team needed him the most. Most important for Redskins fans, Cousins helped the Eagles to their third loss of the season, which leaves the Redskins in first place in the NFC East. If that isn't enough incentive to cheer for Cousins on Sunday, I can't help you.

Graham Gano vs. New York Giants: Gano had his ups in downs over three years in Washington, converting just 73.8 percent of his field goals, including four-of-nine from beyond 50 yards. As is the case with many NFL kickers, Gano found his stride after leaving the team and is now in his seventh season with the Carolina Panthers, where he has converted 85.6 percent of his field goals, including 14-of-23 from 50+. None of those kicks were bigger than when he lined up 63 yards from the crossbar on Sunday afternoon and blasted his Panthers past the Giants in an unlikely come-from-behind win. The boom tied the second-longest field goal in NFL history and might have been good from 70 yards if needed. In the aftermath, Gano was running from his celebrating teammates, similar to a theme element in the movie, "The Replacements." The kick also knocked the Giants to 1-4, furthering the burying process on the worst record in the NFC East.

Sean McVay at Seattle: The legend of head coach Sean McVay continues to grow in Los Angeles, thanks to his Rams going 5-0 to start the season, including a signature win over the Seahawks in Seattle. Despite losing both Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp to concussions in the first half, McVay steered his offense through Todd Gurley and Jared Goff, racking up 33 points and another win. Given the team's transformation under his direction, it's no exaggeration to call McVay one of the most talented coaches in the NFL. No more up-and-coming title for McVay--he has already arrived.

Gregg Williams vs. Baltimore: In this game, it was hard to tell where the Browns' defensive brilliance began and where the Ravens' offensive ineptitude ended, but the results were impressive, nevertheless. Believe it or not, the Ravens have actually been an offensive juggernaut since midway through last season, averaging 29.8 points per game (second-most in the NFL behind the Rams), and tallying a league-high 13-straight games with 20+ points. Those stats took a hit on Sunday, as the Ravens managed just nine points through nearly 75 minutes of football, not registering a third-down conversion until nearly halftime, and losing ugly in overtime 12-9. Williams kept the Ravens out of the end zone and helped secure Cleveland's first win on Sunday in ages. It doesn't hurt that the win came against the Redskins' closest regional opponent.

 

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