Kirk Cousins hopes to reverse fortune against Kansas City Chiefs

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Kirk Cousins /

Kirk Cousins lone start against the Kansas City Chiefs in his career was a less than memorable performance that he’d like to reverse.

Kirk Cousins is finally getting a second chance to show what he can do in front of Kansas City Chiefs fans. The first time around was, to be honest, less than impressive.

On Monday Night Football, the Washington Redskins starting quarterback will get a shot at a better performance in his second career game against the Chiefs. On that night, back in 2013, Cousins suffered a miserable 45-10 loss and looked poor backing up then-starter Robert Griffin III. Cousins finished the night with only 7 completions on 16 passes for only 59 passing yards. He failed to throw an interception but he also never hit the end zone, and he finished the night with a 53.9 quarterback rating.

It’s safe to presume that Cousins is a much better player these days than the early time he spent backing up RGIII. Cousins has displayed a strong arm and an ability to move the chains among the better quarterbacks in the NFL these days. Out of the shadows of Griffin, Cousins has proved himself a worthy starter who will cash in this offseason with either Washington or San Francisco, depending on what Dan Snyder and company want to do in terms of franchising him or reaching a long-term agreement.

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So far this season, Cousins has completed 68 percent of his passes and has thrown 5 touchdowns to only 1 interception. Just last week, he captained Washington to a 17-point victory over the Oakland Raiders, considered by most to be the Chiefs primary competition for supremacy in the AFC West. Over the last two full seasons, Cousins has thrown 54 touchdowns to only 23 interceptions, blossoming as a starter in the nation’s capital.

It will be interesting to see just how much better Cousins performs than the first time around. It’s a safe bet that the numbers will look at least somewhat better. Chiefs fans certainly hope that it’s still a dismal performance.