NFL Network: Bucs defense exactly what Kirk Cousins needs

Plenty of streaks are in play for Redskins QB Kirk Cousins heading into the Bucs matchup. The one involving lack of multiple TD passes ends Sunday.

By now you've heard and read many things about the quarterbacking skills of Kirk Cousins. Some of those things were probably stats like how the Washington Redskins' QB hasn't thrown multiple touchdowns in a single game this season. 

Cousins "Bucs" that trend Sunday.

Tampa Bay, Washington's Week 7 opponent, has allowed 12 touchdown passes this season in five games. Only three teams -- Bears, Chiefs, Bills - have allowed more. Marcus Mariota and Blake Bortles each threw four TDP in their respective starts.

Based on yards per game, the Buccaneers defense ranks fifth in the league (322.8). Based on points allowed per game, Tampa Bay (29.6) enters the week 31st.

More good news for Cousins via the injury report. According to the Washington Post, left tackle Trent Williams and tight end Jordan Reed have been cleared to play. Both were in the NFL's concussion protocal program and missed last week's loss at the New York Jets. That gives Cousins back his blind side protector and best third-down option. Reed's return from a two-week hiatus also brings some down field passing plays back into the rotation for head coach Jay Gruden.

"It’ll come back in with Jordan, no question," Gruden said Thursday. "He’s a great player and he provides us with mismatches on the opposing defense. We don’t feel like there’s a safety or linebacker that matches up well against him." 

In the real world, Washington (2-4) has lost two staight games.

Now, if we're talking fantasy football, owners shoudn't rush to start Cousins. Then again, those dealing with Aaron Rodgers, Andy Dalton or Peyton Manning on a bye might not have much of a choice.

Don't fret. The Bucs are coming to town, Reed and Williams are coming to play. All of that means Kirk Cousins' streak of games without multiple touchdown passes comes to an end.

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