Packers hit rock bottom in blowout loss to Redskins
Green Bay has allowed at least 30 points in each of its 4 straight losses
Kirk Cousins wondered early in the Washington Redskins' game against the Green Bay Packers if the wind would make it difficult.
Instead, Cousins gripped the ball tighter, ripped it into the air and threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Redskins to a 42-24 victory Sunday night, Washington's sixth victory in eight games.
Handing the Packers (4-6) a potentially season-crushing fourth consecutive loss, Cousins outdueled two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers and got the Redskins (6-3-1) rolling into a Thanksgiving showdown against the NFC East-leading Dallas Cowboys.
"Lights out," said DeSean Jackson, who had a 17-yard touchdown catch . "QB rating 145? So we need him to play like that a lot more. I think if we can get our guy back there playing like that, pretty much unstoppable."
With Cousins carving up Green Bay's porous pass defence and Robert Kelley running for 137 yards and three touchdowns, Washington put up 517 yards didn't wilt like it did in a playoff loss to the Packers. "We Want Dallas" chants filled FedEx Field in the final minutes of the game that only became a blowout late, but this was a well-rounded performance that the Redskins wish they could've put together in January.
"We certainly had a sour taste in our mouths walking away from the game last season," said Cousins, who was 21 of 30 and also had TD passes to Jamison Crowder and Pierre Garcon . "When you watch the film, we felt like there were plays there to be made that didn't get made. I think tonight you saw what we felt we were capable of doing last January and just didn't get it done."
While the Packers allowed 30 or more points for the fifth time in six games — all losses — Rodgers and the offence couldn't keep up. He was 26 of 41 for 351 yards and three touchdowns, but the result was the same.
"We put ourselves in a tough spot," Rodgers said. "We've got find a way to get a win next week and approach it one week at a time. That's all we've got right now."
The Redskins have a big meeting at Dallas to look forward to. The Cowboys (9-1) have won nine in a row.
"We're feeling good, but at the same time it's a short week and we're playing one of the best teams in the NFL on Thursday," Cousins said.
FedEx Field in the final minutes after Cousins completed a 53-yard pass to Crowder, and Kelley got his third touchdown. The Redskins have a quick turnaround as they visit the Cowboys on Thanksgiving.