WASHINGTON — This was a statistically difficult week for NFL quarterbacks. It was a great week for Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins to be at home on the couch.
Going into Monday Night Football, Cousins (107.6 passer rating) is currently ranked fourth-best NFL quarterback and second-best NFC quarterback for passer rating, among passers with at least 100 attempts.
This list disregards Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford, who started Week 1 but has not played since. He is expected to start on Monday night vs. Chicago, but will likely take two healthy weeks to crack the 100 attempts benchmark for consideration.
In the AFC, Alex Smith (124.2) and Tom Brady (112) are still at the top of the heap, while a notably terrible performance by Ben Roethlisberger (five interceptions, zero touchdowns) dropped him to 28th overall (75.8 passer rating).
Ranked where he is, Cousins is having a better statistical season than the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton, Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan, and every other quarterback in the NFC East.
His 107.6 passer rating is higher than any season to date for him, with his best full-season performance coming in 2015 (101.6). Across 50 total games in six seasons, Cousins has a 94.6 rating.
Cousins has 1,004 yards passing and seven touchdowns against just one interception this season. He has also improved his rating almost every week, improving from a 72.9 rating in Week 1 to a near-perfect 150.7 rating on Sunday Night Football vs. the Oakland Raiders.
Even in a losing effort against the Kansas City Chiefs, with his wife ready to go into labor with their first child, Cousins still locked in for a 116.7 passer rating performance.
If Cousins had played in Week 5, it’s hard to say whether he would have helped or hurt his case. But considering he didn’t play and the rest of the league got worse around him, it was a good week for the new dad to spend at home.