Welcome to Tato's Tuesday Take, or #TTT. After football wraps up every Monday night, sports reporter Taylor Featherman will take you through his takeaway from the weekend.
This weekend, the NFL sent its third game of the season to London as part of the NFL International Series. Cincinnati and Washington kicked off around 7:30 a.m. in Montana, so if you’re anything like me, you were surprised when you turned on the TV and there was already an NFL game on.
The NFL has been sending teams to London since 2007. They have a history of sending teams with bad records to face each other, because any football in London is good, right?
This time, two teams in the top half of the league met in a game that ended in a stalemate. It was the first ever overtime in NFL International play, with both teams putting on a good show for the 83,000 in attendance, the second highest attended NFL game last Sunday.
Kirk Cousins led the way for Washington, throwing for an NFL International play record of 458 passing yards and adding two touchdowns through the air and only one interception. Washington still hasn’t locked up Cousins on a long term deal, meaning he is in his second straight contract year.
According to the NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah, Cousins is on pace to finish the season with 4,900 yards, 24 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. For perspective, if Cousins puts up those exact numbers last season, he would have led the NFL in passing yards and ranked in the top 15 for passing touchdowns.
You know what you are getting with Kirk Cousins, an above average passer who doesn’t always make the best decisions when the pocket is collapsing- cough... interceptions…cough. Cousins is making a lot happen with little surrounding talent. Washington’s defense has allowed the seventh most points scored this season. They have a middle of the pack rushing game, averaging only 111.5 yards a game, but when it comes to passing, Washington is a top three team, largely because of Cousins. Between the often injured Jordan Reed, the ghost of once great Desean Jackson, Peyton’s old boy Pierre Garcon, there aren’t a lot of real receiving threats.
Seriously, if Kirk Cousins played for the Broncos, they would win 14 games.