Redskins running back Rob Kelley (32) drags Green Bay Packers
strong safety Morgan Burnett (42) into the end zone for a
touchdown during the first half.
LANDOVER, Md. — Kirk Cousins went
deep late and often, throwing for 375 yards and three touchdowns to
lead the Washington Redskins to a 42-24 victory over the
free-falling Green Bay Packers on Sunday night.
Cousins and the Redskins (6-3-1) have won six of their past eight
games going into a showdown with the NFC East-leading Dallas
Cowboys, the winners of nine in a row. The Packers (4-6) have lost
four consecutive games and five of six, allowing 30 or more points
in all of those defeats.
Washington's Robert Kelley ran for a career-best 137 yards and three
touchdowns against a Green Bay defense that allowed completions of
70, 53 and 44 yards. Cousins was 21 of 30, connecting with Pierre
Garcon, DeSean Jackson and Jamison Crowder for touchdowns and
becoming the franchise leader in 300-yard games.
Aaron Rodgers was 26 of 41 for 355 yards and three touchdowns, but
he couldn't keep up with what his defense gave up. Washington gained
517 yards and converted on 64 percent of third-down attempts.
Chants of "We Want Dallas!" filled FedEx Field in the final minutes
after Cousins completed a 53-yard pass to Crowder, and Kelley got
his third touchdown. The Redskins have a quick turnaround as they
visit the Cowboys on Thanksgiving.
Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) celebrates running back
Rob Kelley's touchdown during the first half.
CATCH OR NOT A CATCH: Packers receiver
Jordy Nelson's 13-yard touchdown catch stood up after video review,
despite the ambiguity over whether he held on to the ball. Redskins
cornerback Josh Norman knocked the ball out of Nelson's hands in the
end zone and thought it was an incomplete pass, but officials ruled
it a touchdown on the field and replay confirmed it.
DELAYING THE GAME: The Redskins picked up three delay-of-game
penalties — two of them on defense. Norman got his NFL-leading 11th
penalty of the season for spiking the ball in the second quarter,
and cornerback Bashaud Breeland was penalized for "throwing the ball
downfield" in the third. Green Bay got a traditional delay of game
penalty earlier and avoided another when Rodgers called a timeout at
the last second.
GUTSY GRUDEN: After kickers around the league missed 11 extra-point
attempts going in, Washington coach Jay Gruden opted to go for 2
twice — and converted neither. But he was validated when Green Bay's
Mason Crosby missed a 36-yard attempt at that end in the third
quarter and when his kicker, Dustin Hopkins, shanked an extra-point
attempt off the right upright in the fourth.
Gruden was feeling risky all night, going for it on fourth-and-1
from his own 41 with 6:22 left. Cousins sneaked it to convert and
reward his coach, and the drive finished with a touchdown by Kelley.
Redskins wide receiver Jamison Crowder (80) pulls in a touchdown
pass un pressure from Green Bay Packers cornerback Quinten
Rollins (24) during the second half.
BANGED-UP PACKERS: Already missing
offensive linemen J.C. Tretter and T.J. Lang, the Packers lost
cornerback Demitri Goodson (knee), replacement right guard Don
Barclay (shoulder), linebacker Blake Marinez (knee) and safety
Kentrell Brice (back). Barclay and his replacement, rookie Jason
Spriggs, combined to cost Green Bay 25 yards on three penalties.
QUICK-STRIKE OFFENSE: While the offenses were on ice early in the
night, they combined for two touchdowns in the first 35 seconds of
the fourth quarter. Rodgers' 31-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open
James Starks came on the first play of the fourth, and Cousins
connected with Pierre Garcon on a 70-yard touchdown on the second
play of the Redskins' next drive.
Former Redskins QB Joe Thiesmann tweeted afterward: You "can't throw
a pass any better. That was impressive."