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Redskins vs. Browns 2012: Kirk Cousins impresses in 1st NFL start

Kirk Cousins was excellent filling in for an injured Robert Griffin III in a 38-21 Redskins victory over the Browns.

Matt Sullivan

After a slow start against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, the Washington Redskins took off in the second half to grab a 38-21 victory. The Redskins trailed 14-10 at the half, but 21 unanswered points paved their way to the win.

With Robert Griffin III sidelined due to a knee injury, Kirk Cousins made his first career NFL start. It was quite the successful one as Cousins completed 26-of-37 passes for 329 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. And as Pete Volk over at SB Nation's Redskins blog Hogs Haven noted, Cousins did an excellent job spreading the wealth:

Cousins spread out the ball fairly evenly, with six receivers above 30 yards. Leading the way was Pierre Garcon, who had six catches for 65 yards, but Hankerson caught both touchdowns.

Along with Garcon and Leonard Hankerson, Josh Morgan, Santana Moss, Logan Paulsen and Evan Royster all had at least 30 yards receiving.

Washington now sits at 8-6 and is in a three-way tie at the top of the NFC East. Thanks to tiebreakers, the Redskins are technically in first and face a big game on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 16. It's unknown whether Griffin will play, but if he does not, the Redskins know they have a capable player in Cousins.