Kirk Cousins’s Gritty Character to Be Tested against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots

Coach Bill Belichick loves to punish the Redskins. Will it be any different on Nov. 8?
Coach Bill Belichick loves to punish the Redskins. Will it be any different on Nov. 8?
By Samuel O. Doku, Ph.D.

This past Sunday, Redskins’ quarterback Kirk Cousins, for the first time in his career, threw more than one touchdown in a game to lead the Washington Redskins to an improbable 31-30 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The win has put the Redskins in second place behind the New York Giants in an underperforming NFC East Conference that has only the Giants with a winning record, 4-3.

Kirk Cousins will have to be at his throwing and motility best to stand a chance against the Patriots on November 8.
Kirk Cousins will have to be at his throwing and motility best to stand a chance against the Patriots on November 8.
Kirk Cousins is a nice man but football is not about niceties. It's for those who are gritty, tough, and brave.
Kirk Cousins is a nice man but football is not about niceties. It’s for those who are gritty, tough, and brave.

The Redskins, 3-4, recovered from the largest deficit in franchise history when they came back from 24 points to sneak past the Buccaneers. After the fine win against the Buccaneers, the Redskins will rest this weekend and return on November 8 to battle against undefeated New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

Sadly for the Redskins, Bill Belichick, Rob Gronkowski, Brady, and the Patriots have been infuriated this season, so they are on the warpath. So far, they have brushed aside all their opponents and will be looking forward in a couple of Sundays to add the Redskins to their unfortunate victims.

For me, I am scared for the Redskins anytime they have to play the Patriots. The Patriots always have a way of making life uncomfortable for coaches of the Redskins. Probably Bellichick and Brady resent the name Redskins, so anytime the two teams clash, the Patriots play as if they are in a survival mode and beating the Redskins soundly is their only saving grace.

Such is the fiery resentment the Patriots have for the Redskins that during the reign of Steve Spurrier and Patrick Ramsey, the Patriots walloped the ‘Skins 56-0, compelling Spurrier to lose interest in coaching at the NFL level. And, Ramsey never recovered from that massacre forcing him to retire from the game.

Alfred Morris hopes to cover some real estate for the 'Skins on Nov. 8 but will it enough to secure victory?
Alfred Morris hopes to cover some real estate for the ‘Skins on Nov. 8 but will it enough to secure victory?

November 8, consequently, will possibly be Cousins’s most important game yet because that is the game that will either define him as a legitimate starter in the NFL or undo him and perpetually relegate him to the role of a back-up.

The good news for Cousins is that he has excellent receivers in Pierre Garcon and Jordan Reed while the bulky frame of Alfred Morris will ensure some leverage in the running game. However, for Cousins to find Garcon and Reed, he needs protection from his offensive linemen.

Hopefully, the linemen will eat well enough so that by the time it gets to the second half, they will not play as if they are starving and have no energy left in them to do their job.

 

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About Dr. Sam Doku
Dr. Samuel O. Doku is a professor and a writer. He earned his Ph.D. in English with concentration in African American Literature from Howard University. He is a W.E.B. Du Bois scholar whose book is titled Cosmopolitanism in the Fictive Imagination of W.E.B. Du Bois: Toward the Realization of a Revolutionary Art. His articles have been published on Google Scholar, in the International Journal of English Language, Literature and Humanities, and College English Association Magazine (CEAMAG).