LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — As Kirk Cousins trotted onto the field Sunday afternoon all at FedEx Field were holding their collective breath. Robert Griffin III was limping badly after his knee whipped violently during a collision with Baltimore defensive end Haloti Ngata. After returning to the game briefly, Griffin again crumbled to the ground, unable to get up as the game remained very much in the balance.
Trailing by eight points with less than a minute remaining, Washington appeared destined to go down in defeat to the capacity crowd and millions of others watching on TV.
Certainly, Cousins just didn’t have the same magic as the man selected 100 spots earlier in April’s draft.
And then the Michigan State product showed the masses something Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson already knew — he has a little ‘hocus pocus’ of his own.
“I knew when Kirk went into the game that he was going to be fine,” Wilson told 106.7 The Fan’s Holden Kushner and Danny Rouhier.
Wilson is a believer. Maybe not so much believer that Cousins is a wizard, but that his week-long preparation would be able to carry the Redskins if he were called upon.
“One thing about Kirk, he may not get the practice reps with the offense as much, but he has every rep with the defense,” Wilson explained. “He’s going against the starting defense every day. He doesn’t have any fear … He gives us great looks, can make every thrown and is a good quarterback.”
Sure enough, Cousins proved he had no fear as he connected with Pierre Garcon on an 11-yard touchdown pass and ran in the subsequent two-point conversion himself to tie the game with 29 seconds left on the clock.
Perhaps the Redskins have the best of both worlds.
“Robert does add another element to the game, but honestly having them as a one-two punch makes it a very hard team to defend,” said Wilson.
Wilson likes to use cinematic references when comparing the two quarterbacks.
“Robert is Willie Beamen. That’s the show right there!” he said. “But I do like to consider Kirk Cousins Joe Kane, if you can remember The Program. This guy is a gunslinger… you have a misstep, as you saw in the touchdown throw to Pierre (Garcon), he’s going to find somebody that’s out of place.”