Best Timeout Preservation: The Redskins never have timeouts at the end of the game. Ever. Somehow, entering their final drive on Sunday, they had all three. It was a pleasant surprise.
3. It's hard to praise Cousins for his performance without it sounding like a shot at Griffin. One doesn't have to be about the other. They're different. They have different strengths, which is why one offense will never look exactly the same for two quarterbacks. The zone read flourished last year; Cousins couldn't run it. Cousins is more comfortable in the pocket. Naturally, more plays will be called for him there.
A breakdown of the positives, negatives and the aftermath of Kirk Cousins first start of the season.
A review of four hot topics following the Washington Redskins' 27-26 loss to the Atlanta Falcons:
Pierre Garçon caught seven passes for 129 yards and a touchdown. He now has 96 receptions on the season, second most in team history. Garçon needs 11 receptions in the team's last two games to break the team record for receptions in a season. That belongs to Hall of Fame receiver Art Monk, who had 106 catches in 1984.
he 60 minutes of ugliness between two of the NFL's dregs served as a reminder of how far the Redskins are from becoming anything approaching a perennial contender. They aren't close. They aren't a couple of players away. They bumbled their way through four mistake-choked quarters against a team that's won once since October. The rot creeps through the 53-man roster constructed with Shanahan's final approval. That much is clear as Atlanta's sprawl.
But I listened to Kirk Cousins's press conference after his Redskins came up one point short in Atlanta on Sunday, and I couldn't help but notice that it seemed like a conscious departure from many of the press-conference things that have earned RGIII talking-head criticism.
He had 1-1/2 sacks in the Redskins' loss Sunday to the Atlanta Falcons. That gives Orakpo seven sacks in the last six games and 10 sacks for the season. It is the first time that Orakpo has reached double figures in sacks in a season since he had 11 in his rookie year in 2009.
Williams sustained the injury on Washington's first possession of the second quarter. On first-and-10 from the Washington 20, quarterback Kirk Cousins completed a 62-yard pass to wide receiver Aldrick Robinson, but as the Redskins trotted downfield, Williams remained on the ground. Trainers tended to him and helped him off the field, and backup Tom Compton took his place on the following play - first-and-10 from the Atlanta 18.