PFF on Redskins: Kirk Cousins worst NFL QB in Week 6

Just how bad was Kirk Cousins in Week 6? According to Pro Football Focus, super duper bad. PFF also graded the offensive line against the Jets.

The game ends and the true grading begins. ProFootballFocus.com released their analysis following the Washington Redskins' 34-20 road loss against the New York Jets. We start with notes on the offense, plus some of my own thoughts heading into the Week 7 matchup against the Tamp Bay Buccaneers.

Kirk Cousins

  • PFF saw what we all saw Sunday: A struggling quarterback throwing wayward passes with little success down the field. But just how bad was Kirk Cousins in Week 6? Apparently, worse than any other starter which is why he ended up on the "Worst Players at Every Position for Week 6" list:

Quarterback: Kirk Cousins, Redskins (-6.8)

This might come as a surprise to many, but after a really tough outing yesterday, this is Cousins’ first appearance on the WTOTW. Cousins completed just 58.1 percent of his passes, with the number dropping to 40 percent when he was under any kind of pressure. On passes that traveled more than 10 yards in the air, he was a dreadful 3-for-12 for 46 yards and an interception. His 4.6 yards per attempt was the lowest mark among all QBs this week

  • PFF also notes Cousins completed zero of five passes thrown at least 20 yards in the air, with one of them being picked off. They also deemed he was under pressure on 16 drop-backs. He finished 25 of 43, which means he went 9 of 19 with two interceptions in the second half.

  • More on the QB situation from me this week, but I'm not one of those who believes there should be a change. Cousins isn't all that, and while acknowledging his Week 6 struggled, he's made good to strong plays throughout the season. The reality is he gives Washington the best chance to win now and the best hope for next season even if both are long shots. Not sure how anyone argues the Redskins have been much more competitive overall and competant on offense this season, though I know some will try. Sports!

Offensive line

PFF on...

– First-round pick Brandon Scherff (-3.5) struggled against the strong defensive line of the Jets. In particular, Scherff struggled in pass protection, giving up seven total pressures, often finding himself on skates, especially against Sheldon Richardson (+1.6, +3.8 pass rush), who managed to consistently get under Scherff’s pads to drive him back into Cousins (-6.8)

- Josh LeRibeus , starting at Center, also had a rough outing, though the majority of that came from his run blocking (-3.0).

- Ty Nsekhe, who had only played two snaps at RT before this game, subbed in admirably at LT, receiving the highest and only green overall grade (+1.4).

  • If Scherfff struggled Sunday, so be it. Washington's first round pick more than held his own this year even when facing some of the top lineman in the league. Perhaps getting a Pro Bowler like Richardson in his first game back from suspension was a task few could handle.

  • Cousins had some company on the Worst in Week 6 team. PFF gave LeRibeus an overall grade of -5.1. "C Kory Lichtensteiger is out with an injury, and wouldn’t you know it, his backup replaces him on this team. LeRibeus surrendered a QB hit and three hurries, and was beaten time and time again on run plays. He also had a false start penalty. The Redskins are having a tough time this season when it comes to the center position."

  • The OL held up in pass protection, allowing just one sack. However the running game was a trainwreck. That's where not having three starters hurt the most. Redskins coach Jay Gruden did not provide injury updates on left tackle Trent WIlliams or center Kory Lichtensteiger during his Monday press conference.

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