Spartans in the NFL (Week 15)

Dec 17, 2012 SSN Staff | View Comments

All of his life, Kirk Cousins has had doubters. And for all of his life, Kirk Cousins has proved his doubters wrong.

This time, for those of you who doubted that he could be a starting quarterback in the NFL, he presented you with a gem of a performance in his first career start for the Washington Redskins.

In Washington's 38-21 victory over Cleveland on Sunday, Kirk showed nerves early, completing just one of his first six pass attempts, which included an interception.

But from that point on, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan called plays that allowed Kirk to get rolling. Pass after pass came on play-action roll outs, which allowed Kirk to buy time as he waited for his receivers to get open. As a result, he completed 25 of his final 31 passes, throwing for 329 total yards and two touchdowns.

Not bad for for a first start, Kirk. Not bad at all.

Kirk Cousins Quick Links

-NFL.com game highlights (WATCH)

-Video interview of Kirk with CSN Washington (WATCH)

-Redskins backup Kirk Cousins is making is easier to see what coaches like about him - Washington Post (READ)

-Kirk Cousins delivers again, this time as the starter - Washington Post (READ)

-Kirk Cousins leads Redskins past Browns, into NFC East lead - Washington Times (READ)


TOP SPARTAN PERFORMERS

Kirk Cousins QB (WSH) - Cousins completed 26-of-37 (70.4%) pass attempts for 329 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
Season Totals: 33-for-46 (68.8%), 466, 4 TD, 3 INT

Kellen Davis TE (CHI) - Did not make a reception in Chicago's 21-13 loss to Green Bay.
Season Totals: 17 catches, 210 yards, 2 TD.

Brandon Fields P (MIA)
- 1 punt, 63.0 yard average, including one inside the 20, in Miami's 24-3 victory over Jacksonville.
Season Totals: 60 punts, 50.6 avg., 22 inside 20, 3 tackles

Keshawn Martin WR (HOU) - Returned 1 kicks for 18 yards and 2 punts for 12 yards in Houston's 29-17 win over Indianapolis. He did not make a reception.
Season Totals: 10 receptions, 85 yards, 1 TD. 4 carries, 42 yards. 19 punt returns, 228 yards. 24 kickoff returns, 564 yards.

Domata Peko DT (CIN) - Recorded 1 tackle in Cincinnati's 34-13 win over Philadelphia.
Season Totals: 43 tackles, including 2.0 sack.

Kevin Vickerson DT (DEN) - Did not make a tackle in Denver's 34-17 victory at Baltimore. It's the second straight week that Vickerson did not contribute a tackle.
Season Totals: 35 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble

Jerel Worthy DT (GB) - Made 3 stops, including a half sack, in Green Bay's 21-13 victory at Chicago.
Season Totals: 13 tackles, including 2.5 sacks.


OTHER SPARTANS IN THE NFL

Plaxico Burress WR (PIT) - Plaxico was inactive in Pittsburgh's 27-24 overtime loss at Dallas.
Season Totals: 1 reception, 18 yards

Garrett Celek TE (SF) - Did not make a reception, but saw the field on special teams in San Fran's 41-34 victory at New England.
Season Totals: 2 receptions - 10 yards

Kyle Cook C (CIN) - Played center in Cincinnati's 34-13 victory over Philadelphia on Thursday night.

Brian Hoyer QB (ARI) - After a short week in Arizona, Hoyer did not play in the Cardinal's 38-10 victory over Detroit. He is expected to get quite a bit of playing time in the final two weeks of the season.
Season Totals: Has not played.

Greg Jones LB (Jac) - Did not make a tackle in Jacksonville's 24-3 loss at Miami.
Season Totals: 3 tackles

Brandon McKinney DT (IND) - Will miss the season with ACL tear

Javon Ringer RB (TEN) - Injured Reserve.
Season Totals: 2 rushes, 14 yards. 3 receptions, 12 yards.

Trenton Robinson FS (SF) - DNP in San Francisco's 41-34 victory at New England.

Eric Smith S (NYJ) - Plays tonight against the Tennessee Titans.
Season Totals: 11 total tackles, 1 INT.

Drew Stanton QB (IND) - DNP, in Indy's 29-17 loss at Houston.