The Redskins secured their first home victory of the season with a 31-20 win over the Cleveland Browns. Starting quarterback Kirk Cousins and running back Matt Jones discussed the win afterward. Here are the highlights:
* With 9 minutes left in the game and the Redskins up 24-20, Cousins was set up at the Browns 32 with a first down play. A field goal seemed to be in the bad but then Cousins took two sacks, the first of which he admits he should have thrown away.
"I'm rolling out of the pocket and it's a balance, trying to find somebody off schedule and make a play and then obviously throw it away," Cousins said. "And that balance of hanging on, hanging on, hanging on, hanging on, now I'm going to throw it away. That was one of those times that I held onto it a little too long and you don't feel the guy behind you and it's a sack. The same thing happens on the touchdown pass [second to Reed] going to my left, hanging on, hanging on, hanging on, I feel someone behind me but I'm saying I'm gonna hang on and we end up scoring a touchdown."
* On the interception, Cousins had the following thoughts.
"The defensive back made a very good play," Cousins said. "He's a zoning defender in that curl flat area. He sunk off and made the play. If you go back and see the film, you can see that Matt Jones, as a result of him sinking, Matt Jones is open in the flat and in hindsight that's where the ball would be able to go and probably get a good productive gain. That's what I'll take from that."
* Cousins agreed with his head coach's assessment that he is not a perfect quarterback and knows he has to be for consistent, a constant talking point.
"There's a lot of potential," Cousins said. "We can be much better than we've been at times but that's to be expected. In the NFL, you are never going to play perfect. While the expectations may be very, very high. We may not reach them all the time. I think we know as an offense that we can be very, very good. We've shown stretches of that and in parts have been very good and that's always going to be the challenge as long as I am playing football to see if you can do it more and more consistently. That's what we will always be talking about. How can we be more and more consistently productive at a high level drive in and drive out, week in and week out."
* The Washington quarterback said Jones and the offensive line was a "big, big" part in the team's home victory but said "you never know" when someone is going to have a big game.
* With the injury to Shawn Lauvao (ankle) and Kory Lichtensteiger (calf), second year guard Arie Kouandjio started his first career NFL game. Jones thinks the former DeMatha stud did a "good job for his first NFL start."
* Jones believes he is continuing to learn how to play running back and says lesson learned from last week helped him run more decisively against Cleveland.
"I was just learning from last week and being decisive down hill and took that as a part of my game," Jones said. "Just being more decisive, like I said I'm learning as a runner. I'm 232 [pounds], 6-2. When you get down hill on guys it gets kind of scary [for the defenders]. It's kind of hard to tackle a guy like me. I'm learning from guys around the league. Marshawn Lynch last year, guys like Adrian Peterson they get down hill and finish runs so I kind of learn from these guys like that. Keep being decisive and hitting the hole hard."
* Extra point: Is this the last time Robert Griffin III steps on FedEx Field turf?
* Bonus coverage: DeSean Jackson wore special cleats to bring awareness to the "senseless killings of both citizens and police."
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