by Chuck Carroll

LANAHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Anyone who watched Washington’s come from behind victory against the Baltimore Ravens, knows the Redskins have something special in both of their rookie quarterbacks.

When Robert Griffin III went down with a right knee injury, Kirk Cousins entered the game and calmly connected with Pierre Garcon for an 11-yard touchdown pass in the closing moments. For an encore, he took a page from the RGIII playbook and ran the ball in for a game-tying two-point conversion.

Sprinkle in Richard Crawford’s punt return and Kai Forbath’s game-winning field goal in overtime and you have what is commonly referred to as ‘magic.’

The question, however, is whether Cousins is capable of orchestrating a little abracadabra as a starter.

One former player is adamant the answer is ‘no.’

“If RGIII is not playing in these last three games, I don’t think the Redskins can make the playoffs,” Fred Smoot told 106.7 The Fan’s Holden Kushner and Danny Rouhier. “Taking nothing away from Kirk Cousins, but what I’m saying is it’s a different team when RGIII isn’t in there.”

Washington travels to face the Cleveland Browns this weekend before heading up I-95 for a divisional tilt against the Philadelphia Eagles and wrapping up the season at home against the Dallas Cowboys.

Smoot shares the popular opinion that records go out the window when it comes to divisional games.



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