WASHINGTON — It is but a minor footnote in a disappointing loss to the Minnesota Vikings, but Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins has officially passed his predecessor for rushing touchdowns.
It was the 11th rushing touchdown for Cousins and temporarily gave the Redskins the lead. It was the last Redskins’ lead of the game:
It was a big play in the moment, but it was also a big play in the grand scheme of things.
Cousins has scored 12 rushing touchdowns since taking over the full-time starting duties for the Redskins in 2015, including two on Sunday. That’s a span of 41 games.
Robert Griffin III started 42 games in the NFL (including 37 with the Redskins) and scored just 10 rushing touchdowns in that span.
RG3 was an Olympic-quality track star who ran a 4.41 40-yard dash at the 2012 NFL Combine. He was supposed to have the mobility and refined skill set to change the NFL forever. He is currently unemployed in the NFL.
Cousins was seen as a prototypical pocket passer after running an unremarkable 4.93 40-yard dash at the same combine. Thriving within Jay Gruden’s offense, Cousins has found ways to make plays with his arm and, when needed, his feet.
More importantly, Cousins has also out-produced Griffin with his arm, throwing for 11,557 yards and 68 touchdowns in 41 starts since the beginning of 2015. Griffin III has thrown for 8,983 yards and 42 touchdowns in 42 career games.