LANDOVER -- Are the Washington Redskins better than the Green Bay Packers? Is Kirk Cousins a better quarterback than Aaron Rodgers? Whatever you're long-term thoughts on both subjects, there is only one answer for both questions based on Sunday night's matchup at FedEx Field.
Cousins threw for three touchdown passes and 375 yards, Robert Kelley rushed for 137 yards and three touchdowns and the Redskins (6-3-1) exacted some measure of revenge from last season's playoff loss with a rousing 42-24 win over the Packers (4-6). It also provided Washington with a rare prime-time win seing as the team was 5-20 since 2008.
More from the postgame locker room shortly, but here are some quick thoughts.
* Cousins dazzled throughout, completing 21 of 30 passes, including 10 of 12 after halftime. The 17-yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson for the opening score in the first quarter, strong. The 44-yard fly pattern to Jamison Crowder in the third quarter for a 22-10 lead, wow. The 70-yard bomb to Pierre Garcon moments after Rodgers threw one of his three touchdown passes, so good. After Green Bay countered with another TD in the high-scoring second half, Cousins directed an 11-play, 81-yard drive during which he rushed for a first down on fourth and 1 from Washington's 40 and lofted a 53-yard pass to Crowder that put the ball on the Packers 1-yard line. We all know this talk about his contract won't end. Any talk of whether Cousins can start in this league ended a ways back with Sunday's masterpiece another example.
* Fat Rob ate up Green Bay in the second half including a 66-yard run after a Green Bay turnover. Touchdown number three from four yards out came on the next play. The 100-yard game was Kelley's first since High School, but that was his third straight impressive outing since taking over Matt Jones as the starter. What a run from unknown rookie free agent to unquestioned starter.
* Rodgers threw for 355 yards (26 of 41) and three touchdowns and yet Washington's defense did enough good to prevent the Super Bowl winning QB from taking over, especially at the start.
Josh Norman stripped Packers tight end Jared Cook in the fourth quarter, leading to Kelley's third score. Chris Baker and Ryan Kerrigan each registered a sack and Martrell Spaight intercepted Packers backup QB Brett Hundley in garbage time..There were certainly lapses -- James Starks was more open than a 7-11 on his 31-yard catch in the fourth quarter -- but once again this bend-but-don't-break group did enough.
* This wasn't a must, must win, but with the tough schedule upcoming starting with Thursday's game at Dallas, this was a big game -- and Gruden coached like it.
* Red Zone issues? Not on this Sunday. Washington turned its first two trips inside Green Bay's 20 into touchdowns. Kelley wiggled his way up the middle for a 10-yard score as the Redskins took the lead for good at 13-10 in the second quarter. Another such scenario resulted in a Dustin Hopkins 37-yard field goal.
* The 35 points might seem like a reasonable number, but it included two failed 2-point conversions and a missed extra point. The severe wind gusts appeared to factor into coach Jay Gruden's decision to go for two at 13-10 in the second quarter. Add in a new long snapper with Nick Sundberg inactive and I've got no issue with the call.