Leading an offense that collected more than 500 yards and six touchdowns against the Packers, Kirk Cousins has been named NFC Offensive Player of the Week.
For the third time in his career, Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins has been named NFC Offensive Player of the Week after his lights out performance against the Green Bay Packers in Week 11 action.
Cousins led the Redskins to a 42-24 victory over the Packers, as he completed 21-of-30 passes for 375 yards and three touchdowns to zero interceptions.
He recorded his team-record 17th career 300-yard passing game and finished the game with a season-high 145.8 passer rating as well.
Cousins' first touchdown pass of the night was a 17-yard completion to DeSean Jackson, who sliced through the middle of the defense to get himself wide-open for his second touchdown of the season.
It set the foundation for an "outstanding" performance from the quarterback, who would also complete a 70-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garçon and a 44-yard touchdown pass to Jamison Crowder.
"I think if we can get our guy back there playing like that, we're pretty much unstoppable like we were out there today," Jackson said after the game of Cousins. "Everybody's eating – [Jamison] Crowder, J-Reed [Jordan Reed], I did a little something here-and-there, Pierre [Garçon] had some big catches and things of the nature. So we have to be excited about it, but we put this one behind us and keep moving forward."
Cousins also received the honor during Weeks 7 and 10 of the 2015 season.
He joins wide receiver Art Monk (five), quarterback Mark Rypien (four) and wide receiver Santana Moss (three) as the only players in team history to earn three career NFC Offensive Player of the Week awards since the honor's inception in 1984.
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The performance was also a continuation of strong play from the quarterback over Washington's last eight games.
Since throwing one touchdown to just three interceptions in the Redskins' first two games, Cousins has led the team to a 6-1-1 record over its last game games by throwing 16 touchdowns – along with a rushing touchdown against the Detroit Lions – to just four interceptions.
"He's made progression in every area of his game, and he's continuing to do so," Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said on Monday. "You can see it. It's 'Eye in the sky don't lie,' so to speak. He's going through progressions, he's hanging in there. He had a couple plays in that game that really… the first touchdown to DeSean Jackson, that was his fourth progression. He hung in there and threw a great pass to DeSean. …Those plays are really difference-makers as far as the game's concerned. The more comfortable he gets, and the people around him, and the system – the better he's going to be. We like where he is, we like where he's going, [and] he's going to continue to work, which is also why we like him."
Cousins also had a key run to extend a scoring drive in the fourth quarter, as the quarterback rushed for two yards on a gutsy 4th-and-1 call in Washington territory.
"I think you had to do it," Cousins said. "It's just a matter of which play to call and how do we execute it versus the front or blitz that they will bring. Credit Brandon Scherff, Spencer Long, and Shawn Lauvao for getting the push inside against a pretty good interior defensive line, to enable me to get in because I certainly don't get in there by turning my legs. It's those guys making some push up front."