Going into Saturday night’s game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, the scenario was simple for the Washington Redskins.
Win and you clinch the division. Lose, and it all comes down to the last week of the season.
Thankfully Kirk Cousins and the Redskins have mostly shied away from drama this season.
Cousins and company won their third game in a row, second-straight game on the road, and the NFC East division with a 38-24 victory over the Eagles.
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Washington scored twice in the first quarter, as back-to-back drives ended with Cousins finding tight end Jordan Reed over the middle of the field for a touchdown.
Reed has undoubtedly been the Washington QB’s favorite target this season. He lead’s the team in both receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns.
Reed finished the game with 129 receiving yards and the two scores, adding to his impressive season totals.
The Redskins scored two more touchdowns in the third quarter.
Cousins connected with Chris Thompson for a 12-yard scoring play on 3rd down, the third 3rd down play that Washington converted on on that drive alone, which gave the Redskins a 23-13 lead.
That was Cousins’ third touchdown pass of the game. The first gave him the franchise record for throwing a TD pass in each of the team’s first 15 games, a record previously held by Sonny Jurgensen.
Cousins also set a franchise record by throwing for 300 yards for the seventh time this season.
Later in the period DeAngelo Hall picked up a fumble and returned it 17 yards for a score that, for all intents and purposes, wrapped up the game and the division.
With that play, Hall became the first player in NFL History to have five scoop and scores and five pick sixes in a career.
Washington officially put the game away with a near-eight-minute scoring drive.
The running back tandem of Alfred Morris and recently acquired Pierre Thomas helped keep the clock moving, and Cousins completed four of his five pass attempts. The fourth counted for his fourth touchdown pass of the night, floating a pass 13 yards right into the hands of Pierre Garçon.
Washington converted on the two-point conversion to make it 38-17 midway through the fourth.
Cousins finished the game completing 31 of 46 passes for 365 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions.
He is Captain Kirk after all.
Not only did the Redskins offense do its job scoring points, but it also did a good job of possessing the football and keeping the defense fresh.
With fresh legs, Washington’s defense held the Eagle’s offense in check, causing two turnovers, and not allowing big plays or momentum swings in the Eagles’ favor.
Not even Cousins’ questionable kneel down right before halftime came back to haunt Washington.
The Redskins, who were picked at the beginning of the season to finish the 2015-2016 season as the 31st-best team in the NFL, will now host a playoff game in two weeks.
Something to note is that with the win, Washington becomes the fifth franchise in NFL history to win 600 total games.