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Cousins Named NFC Offensive Player of the Month

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Ashburn, Va.Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Month for November.

In the three games that the team played during the month, Cousins completed 84-of-116 passes (72.4 percent) for 1,086 yards with eight touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer rating of 124.4. His 362.0 passing yards per game led all NFL quarterbacks in the month of November.

On the season, the Michigan State product has completed 299-of-437 passes (68.4 percent) and 3,540 yards, 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Given his accuracy and how well the team moves the ball through the air, he could log 5,000-plus yards in 2016, breaking his 2015 record of 4,166 yards.

This is the second time Cousins has been given the honor. He was also honored last December as the Redskins finished up their NFC East division title run. In that month, Cousins recorded 99-of-136 passes (72.7 percent) for 1,203 yards, 10 touchdowns and one interception.

Cousins joins linebacker Wilber Marshall – who earned NFC Defensive Player of the Month honors in October 1991 and October 1992. The two men are the only players in team history to win multiple Player of the Month awards.

It’s amazing to many that, despite Cousins’ stellar numbers, now spanning over two seasons, there are reports that the organization is seriously considering tagging him again in 2017 rather than signing him to a multi-year deal.

The former Spartan is the second member of the Redskins to earn Player of the Month honors this season, as kicker Dustin Hopkins won NFC Special Teams Player of the Month in September. The selections mark the first time the Redskins have had multiple players collect a Player of the Month award in a single season since Marshall (October) and wide receiver Gary Clark (November) both took home monthly honors in 1991.

Members of the Burgundy and Gold have accounted for 15 Player of the Month awards all-time, including seven Offensive Player of the Month honors. Former offensive winners from the Redskins include Cousins (December 2015), running back Clinton Portis (October 2008), quarterback Todd Collins (December 2007), running back Terry Allen (October 1996), Clark (November 1991) and running back Earnest Byner (December 1990).

About the Author

Diane Chesebrough
Diane Chesebrough is Chief Editor and a reporter for Sports Journey and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. Accredited media with the NFL, she has been a feature writer for several national magazines/periodicals. Follow her on Twitter: @DiChesebrough

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