Cousins: He's completed 68.7 percent of his passes for 1,737 yards, nine touchdowns and eight interceptions for an 85.1 passer rating. Best stat: He's been sacked only eight times. He's led two game-winning drives, but has one pick-six in overtime.
Losing Knighton is yet another blow for the Redskins' defense. They do have some depth along the defensive line, but Knighton provided a big body in the middle who can occupy two defenders. Kedric Golston has served as the backup nose tackle this season. Even with Knighton in the middle, the run defense has struggled, though a lot of that stems from not setting the edge well enough in nickel packages or others not shedding blocks to make plays. Or simply the Redskins have missed too many tackles.
Redskins left tackle Trent Williams remembers going against New England linebacker Chandler Jones during the 2014 training camp -- and remembers seeing a different player by season's end. Jones has become an excellent pass rusher with 8.5 sacks and 12 quarterback hurries. "I felt I had a good feel for him," Williams said. "But he went from good to great in such a rapid pace it's almost scary. He's going to be a handful."
1-Brady is motivated after a tumultuous offseason and, at 38, appears to be getting better with age. In fact, he's one pace for an NFL-record 5,509 yards to go along with 46 touchdowns and two interceptions. And the crazy thing about it is this: everyone knows they're going to throw, and yet they still can't stop Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman and the league's most dangerous air attack. Can the Redskins be the first to do it this season?
It is not a complete surprise that Terrance Knighton is out of today's game with cluster headaches, similar to migraines. Earlier this week he said that he didn't do much during the days off for the bye because he was suffering from them. One option to replace him in the line would be to move Chris Baker to nose tackle and use Stephen Paea at left end. Or they could put Paea in at nose and leave Baker where he has been so effective this year.