Say whatever you want about Kirk Cousins. Just don't say he can't beat a team with a winning record.
The Washington Redskins escaped MetLife stadium with a 29-27 victory over the New York Giants. It wasn't all sunshine and roses for the team or the quarterback, but could Cousins made plays. Here are the highlights from his postgame presser, starting with that bizarre sequence at the end of the first half that cost Washington a possible field goal.
"In hindsight, (I) would have just thrown the ball out of the back of the end zone pretty much right away instead of letting the play develop for just a tick," Cousins said. Washington's quarterback did not want to comment further without looking at the film but offered to share more during Wednesday's media availability.
* The Redskins did not come away with a touchdown in any of their four red zone opportunities today, making them just 3 for 14 on the season in regards to getting six.in that area.
"We need to be better, there is really no other way to say it," Cousins said. "We got down there so many times, Dustin Hopkins and the field goal team did a great job. But obviously as an offense, we want to come away with touchdowns. We will keep working at that. If I had the answers right now, we probably would have won with a greater margin of victory."
"I had no idea that fake was being called," Cousins said about the Tress Way fourth-down conversion to cornerback-turned-receiver Quinton Dunbar. "I had no idea it was even in this week. That's where you just trust everyone around you to do their job." Cousins said the Redskins "probably don't win" if the special teams unit is unable to execute that play.
* On his teammate Josh Norman, Cousins said he is playing at a very high level and living up to his $75 million contract.
"If I said I was proud, it would make it sound like I wasn't expecting him to," Cousins said about Norman keep his cool while facing off against Odell Beckham Jr.. "I was. I was expecting him to. He's a pro and I expected nothing less. I'm just so proud of the way he's played. I feel like he's lived up to the hype and just played at a very high level. Really excited about that. It's a hard, hard job to play defensive back or corner in this league, and he's playing at a high level."
* Washington suffered two offensive line injuries -- guard Shawn Lauvao (ankle) and center Kory Lichtensteiger (calf) -- but Cousins faced it with a "next man up" mentality and went forward with his business as usual. The playcalling did not change much with the patchwork line, according to the Redskins quarterback.
"Next man up," Cousins said. "In this league, you have to have that mentality or if any other thought hits your head you are kind of doomed to fail. So you have to believe, and those guys have given me reason to believe. (Offensive tackle) Ty Nsekhe has been a great player for us. Spencer Long has done a lot at center for us in the offseason program. They stepped up."
* "Wins in the NFL always feel like the highest of highs," Cousins said before cautioning that "they all count one."
* "Winning on the road is a great challenge," Cousins said when told the Redskins had not won a road game against the Giants since 2011.
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