In the league there is a saying and it goes: “either you got it or you don’t.” The players “that got it” are expected to come out on game day and make their impact felt. This there were a few unexpected players that came out and put on quite a performance. This week these player’s impacts stood out amongst the rest.
Kirk Cousins put on a clinic against the New Orleans Saints this week, giving his team their fourth win of the season. Cousins has improved as the season has progressed, from his first start where he had a passer rating of 68.8 up until now he has gathered people’s attention. When free, do a quick Google search of his name an you’ll see reports about how his stock is rising amid an expiring contract.
After what he did to the Saints, I can see why. The third year quarterback garnered 324 yards and four touchdowns, by connecting on 20 of the 25 passes he attempted. These stats gave him a 158.3 passer rating on the day, a milestone compared to week one. The return of Desean Jackson was a big help to Cousins, along with the spotty tackling by the Saints defense.
Next up for the Redskins are the undefeated Carolina Panthers. Compared to their last opponent, the Panthers defense is considerably stronger, holding their last opponent to just 178 passing yards. This week will be challenging for Cousins, but if manages to pull out a win his expiring contract will be the talk of the town.
Ben Roethlisberger was not even expected to play, yet he came in and earned the best backup performances in NFL history. In a game that Landry Jones started, Roethlisberger ended it with authority.
The veteran quarterback entered the game on the Steelers third offensive possession. With limited play Roethlisberger managed to gain 379 passing yards on 33 attempts and 22 completions. His three scores were the only touchdowns by the offense on the day in their rout of the Cleveland Browns. Roethlisberger managed to keep his record clean against the team. After a week of limited practice, Big Ben stepped up without skipping a beat.
With the bye week coming, the Steelers have the opportunity to heal up and take the field on November 29th against the Seattle Seahawks. This will be very beneficial to Big Ben seeing that he was not starting this week due to the injury he suffered in week 9. The stats that he put up while injured are impressive, imagine him healthy.