Kirk Cousins racked up another accolade. Washington’s quarterback was named NFC Offensive Player of the Month for his performance in December and one game in January, the NFL announced on Thursday.
Cousins led the NFL with a 127.3 passer rating and was the only quarterback in the NFL to record a rating over 100 during the last five weeks. He completed 73.5 percent of his passes for 1,379 yards and an average of 9.1 yards per attempt during that stretch. Cousins recorded 13 passing touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns and just one interception over the past month.
The Redskins are 4-1 since the start of December as a result, riding a four-game winning streak into a first-round playoff game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Over the past month, the Redskins have captured their first road victory this season, strung together their first winning streak of the year and earned their first NFC East division title since the 2012 season, with Cousins’s consistency playing a role in the team’s success. During the season finale against the Dallas Cowboys, Cousins broke the franchise’s single-season passing yardage mark. He finished the year with 4,166 passing yards, 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Cousins ranked fifth among qualified passers with a 101.6 quarterbacking rating this season.
It is Cousins’s first career Player of the Month award. He won his first two NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors this season in Week 7 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Week 10 versus the New Orleans Saints.
It’s the 13th time in franchise history a Redskins player has won the award and the first since linebacker London Fletcher in 2012. Cousins is the first Redskins quarterback to accomplish the feat since Todd Collins in December 2007.
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